Doug Aitken's Train: 'Station To Station' Is A Great Big Artsy Road Trip (PHOTOS)

06/21/2013 09:41 am ET

Doug Aitken is going on a road trip from New York to San Francisco, and he's taking some of the finest contemporary artists and musicians with him. Jealous much?

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Station to Station: A Nomadic Art Happening

For Aitken's ambitious public art piece, entitled "Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening," the artist will travel cross country via train, making ten stops along the way.

Each stop will contain a site-specific art happening, drawing from the often too separate art, music, culinary, literary, and film worlds. Aitken's art train will be rolling deep with creative participants including Kenneth Anger, Urs Fischer, Carsten Höller, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ariel Pink, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Deacon, Dave Hickey, Alice Waters and many, many more.

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Station to Station: A Nomadic Art Happening

While this project may seem like the summer's biggest moving party, Aitken's commentary makes the piece seem more like a multi-disciplinary, contemporary take on Gauguin's pièce de résistance, "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?"

In a press release for the exhibit Aitken whips out some similarly big questions, including: "Who are we? Where are we going? And, at this moment, how can we express ourselves?" Adding, "Our intention is to create a modern cultural manifesto."

The road trip kicks off this September; more details on tickets and collaborators will be released throughout the summer. Check back with the "Station to Station" website to learn more. For a peek at Aikten's past works, check out images from his "Mirror" exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum below.

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