“Ivry” by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith

Inspired by and honoring the life of French poet Antonin Artaud

With The Peyote Dance, Patti Smith joins experimental sound outfit Soundwalk Collective in a work in tribute of French poet Antonin Artaud. Soundwalk Collective’s founder Stéphan Crasneanscki traveled to the Norogachi municipality of Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara (otherwise known as the Copper Canyon), where Artaud himself traveled in 1936—curious to know whether a peyote shaman from the Rarámuri people could free him of an opioid addiction. Soundwalk …

Filmmaker Doug Aitken Goes “Station to Station” Across the United States

62 one-minute films chronicle various artists' spontaneous creativity from NYC to SF

In 2013, artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken hopped aboard a train that he himself turned into a kinetic, nomadic light art sculpture and made his way from NYC to San Francisco. Across those 4,000 miles, Aitken was joined by world-class artists—from Patti Smith to Beck, Olafur Eliasson, Urs Fischer and William Eggleston—and set into motion 10 pop-up exhibitions along the way. The ultimate result, “Station …

Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” Coming to TV

The legendary Patti Smith is joining forces with Showtime to make a TV series out of her beautiful, cinematic memoir “Just Kids,” which focuses on Smith’s relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The news has been met with excitement and terror—if done well, the show could be both insightful and magical, but Smith’s writing in the book is so evocative and emotional that some believe a …