TRYST: Assisted Street Crossing

Link to TRYST Overview

In Assisted Street Crossing pedestrians are offered a lift (literally) across the street by TYRSTers costumed as non-specific city workers. They are invited to choose from a menu (see below). Some popular lifts include the Superman, the Queen’s Chair, the Battering Ram, and, the daredevil’s favorite, the Corpse. Assisted Street Crossing is the signature piece of TRYST, and has been “performed” on E. 10th St., in the Wall St. area, and on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, in Peekskill, NY, in Brooklyn as part of the DUMBO Arts Festival, in Kuopio, Finland as part of the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, and in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal as part of the Generative Indirections conference.

The playful interactions use physical contact and gentle absurdity to bring up thoughts about trust, intimacy, and question what we expect from our everyday connections

The version shown in the video was “performed” Fridays, July 9, 15, 21 & 28, 2004, 4:30-6 PM, on the corner of Broad St. and Water St. in Manhattan, with lifters Paul Benney, Clarinda Mac Low, Janusz Jaworski, Robert Meyer, Aki Sasamoto, Arturo Vidich, and Kathy Westwater.

The photos show documentation of the version “performed” in Kuopio, using local Finnish lifters. Assisted Street Crossing: Kuopio was performed on three different street corners throughout the city on four successive days as part of the ANTI Festival in Oct. 2011.


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Bicycle piggy back, a Finnish innovation Corpse, accompanied by a Finnish funeral dirge

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Finnish national television
Reeta shows the menu to prospective liftees The menu in Finnish, with new lifts Finnish national television coverage
photos c 2011 Clarinda Mac Low and Paul Benney