The Temporary Travel Office occassionally leads guided tours related to our larger research interests. While our publications function as mediated guides, we always welcome the opportunity to facilitate embodied tours of locations and places that are under-examined. Documentation of some of our past tours can be found here.
Tour of the Chicago Technology Park, 2004
In the spring of 2004, we led a small group through the Chicago Technology Park, a 56 acre area dedicated to biotechnology start-ups. We have also produced an audio guide for the CTP so that tourists can take their own tours.
Touring Olympia: Exposition Park, 2008
The Travel Office, along with artist Sarah Ross, led two vans of tourists from the future (our tour originated from a speculative 2030) to Exposition Park in Los Angeles, the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games. Tourists learned about the ways that the games created the parks, museums and sports stadia here, and participated is a reenactment of the last Olympic torch lighting ceremony (supposedly held in Los Angeles in 2020).
Parking Public, various locations, 2005-present
For the last 7 years, we have been researching surfaceparking lots and leading guided tours of select locations, including big cities and smaller towns.Our focus has been exclusively on open air, ground-level lots, which have turned out to be a lot more interesting than they look!