On September 21, 2019, Public Art Fund will present Pope.L: Conquest, a 100+ person performance on the sidewalks of Downtown Manhattan. Inspired by more than 30 iconic crawls, in which the artist dragged his body across the urban landscape, Conquest is Pope.L’ s largest and most ambitious performance to date, putting on display the power and complexity of collective action.

Pope.L and Public Art Fund are seeking a diverse group of volunteer participants who reflect the multicultural social fabric of New York City to help realize this important work. Participants will be asked to crawl one-block segments in groups of five, forming a 1.5-mile-long relay, beginning at Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground in Greenwich Village and concluding at Union Square Park. To challenge participants, each will crawl with props including a semi-transparent blindfold and flashlight, and will be asked to crawl with one shoe. To register your interest, please fill out our questionnaire. Participants will be selected by Pope.L and notified by the end of August.

Please note that on the day of the performance, September 21, participants are required to be available from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm but will only crawl for approximately 10-20 minutes each (one segment) along the route. It is important to Pope.L that the participants in this performance reflect the city’s diversity with regards to age, race, gender, and physical ability, and include people from different professions and socioeconomic backgrounds from all five boroughs and beyond. In order to help him achieve this goal, we ask that you respond to the following questions.

Thank you!

The crawl is an absurd journey to an uncertain goal. The raw physical struggle of the journey suggests homelessness and a loss of hope and status but takes place in a tree-lined upscale environment where wealth, speed, and verticality are king… What sort of progress is this performance? Is it a comedy of errors or business as usual or a critical mirror held up to a great American past-time called success?

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