De-Tourism Center

Join the De-Tourism Center and rework the circuits of bucolic tourism!

Organized by Nato Thompson

The De-Tourism Center is calling all miscreant mailers, drunk walking tour guides, peripatetic monster truckers, wayward window displayers, hand-me-down postcard makers, failed theme park conceivers, bad news bumper sticker makers, and all ye who just have their doubts about the tourist economy....

Cultural tourism has been heralded as the saving grace of post-manufacturing towns, but what exactly are people touring? What is worth seeing and what isn't? Why would one travel three hours to feast ones eyes? What role do artists have in these efforts and what roles are boring? "What," asks the Detourism Center, "is interesting about touring?" And maybe even more importantly, who wins, who loses, who is worth looking at and who isn't? The Detourism Center is unorthodox in that it isn't interested in booming economies or pragmatic functionality. It won't get you from here to there and it won't necessarily find you the best vacation package. From field guides for divining water to alternative maps for finding love in North Adams, the Detourism Center is almost mystical in its anti-intuitive, pro-meander methodologies.

The Contemporary Artists Center is a small humble non-profit located in the foothills of the Northern Berkshire Valley in Western, Massachusetts. Just a stones throw from MASS MoCA, this benevolent art space and artist residency consistently produces great low budget exhibitions that at this point are contributing to the expansion of radical and formal history. Be a part!

Send proposals to:

The Contemporary Artists Center
189 Beaver Street
North Adams, MA 01247
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