Plume is a walking tour that maps a physical and sensorial path down a city block to a constant plume of steam that emanates from a sports field on the University of Illinois campus. Starting from a corner at South Halstead St and West Roosevelt St in Chicago, IL visitors are guided through an audio recording that softly whispers directions. The textural language anticipates the plume by describing the visitor’s movement and vocalizing what sounds to be a hazy memory. The synthetic exploration threads a somatic process between the steps on a cognitive journey. All along the way, and with many more words I ask, can you feel it? The interrelations between what is ethereal, what is bodily, and what is infrastructural?
This piece took place September 17th, 2018 and was made for a day of performances in conjunction with artist Will Wiebe’s exhibition Chekhov’s Gun.