Photo: Courtesy Levi's, © 2013 Doug Aitken
Even dedicated train lovers (like certain Refinery29 writers, ahem) agree — train travel in America hasn't exactly had a good 21st century so far. Well, perk up your ears, trainspotters, Levi's artist Doug Aitken and a slew of top talents are giving travel by rail a little shot in the arm.
Throughout September, Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening is chugging, via train, to 10 stations, moving east to west across America with a gaggle of art installations, artist interviews, and live concerts. At each stop along the way, Levi's will invite the public to board the Aitken-curated train compartments, play with its interactive art, and check out the various booths and distractions at a full-sized bazaar. Aitken has rallied together some truly killer talent with folks like Olaf Breuning, Peter Coffin, Urs Fischer, Kenneth Anger, Carsten Höller, Aaron Koblin, and Jack Pierson providing art; Beck, Dan Deacon, Eleanor Friedberger, Nite Jewel, No Age, Savages, and Twin Shadow on music; and Alice Waters and Leif Hedendal whipping up edible goodies. Who says the age of train travel is dead?