TrailOff Artist Talks: ari
October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
TrailOff is an immersive augmented reality audio performance presenting ten original audio narratives, each connected to paths within the Philadelphia region’s expansive Circuit Trails network. Accessed via a mobile app, listeners will hear original dramas while walking each route. Written by local authors in collaboration with Swim Pony and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), these stories center experiences that connect with communities traditionally underserved by environmental programming.
As part of the 2020 Fringe Festival, FringeArts hosts a series of talks with the local authors featured in TrailOff. On Saturday, October 3rd, ari walks the Chester Valley Trail and via video narrates the process of crafting their immersive story that draws from their own queer Latinx experience and childhood spent near the trailsite. Pennsylvania Environmental Council Program Manager Lizzie Hessek will be in conversation with ari and provide additional context for viewers.
ari is a spoken word poet and educator based in North Philly who began their career writing erotic fan fiction and large scale games of Dungeons and Dragons. Their work focuses on the intersectionality of queer identity, trauma, and the Latin experience as an outsider. ari is a member of the deadname collective and an alum of Babel collective. They have been featured in Bedfellows and Paperback and on the Philly poetry show, Drop The Mic. ari is currently looking to adopt a large cat whom they can name King Bastard.