The Pleasures of Romantic Travel
Katrina Neumann plans fictional trips with books from Elsewhere Collaborative's collection and travels through continents as she reads them aloud in parks around the city of Greensboro, North Carolina. Neumann invites strangers to participate in the performance by sitting and listening by her side. After the 10-hour allotted time (for three weeks, every Saturday) she packs up her suitcases and heads back to Elsewhere. It is just another day in the park.
There are sound bites from readings during the performance installed by GPS and Broadcastr (a smartphone application) in Fisher Park and Center City Park with instructions inside.
Andrea Rosen, contributing editor and art historian, has an additional feature essay discussing The Pleasures of Romantic Travel performances. Rosen's prominent essay, "Can I Change Your Saturday?," can be found at the closing of this catalog.
Katrina Neumann was born in 1985 in Fullerton, California and grew up in Ashburn, Virginia. Neumann received her BFA from SUNY Purchase College and her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Katrina Neumann has received a number of awards including the Karsh Prize in photography, SMFA President's Research Award, and the Montague International Travel Grant. Her work has been featured in the juried-in-print exhibition New American Paintings and her curatorial work has been reviewed in ArtNews. She is affiliated with Flux Factory, Elsewhere Collaborative, The Wye and All Hands Volunteer. Neumann currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.