2014: One year performance: walking, silence

When Greg Hindy enrolled at Yale, he dreamed of going to med school. But he fell in love with photography and his life changed course. Now, he’s walking cross country, camera in tow, and has taken a year-long vow of silence. It’s the art project of a lifetime.

Yale grad Greg Hindy walks 9,000 miles across the country in 1 year without speaking or using technology

Hindy took thousands of photos with this 4×5 field camera and plans to develop the film when he returns to New Hampshire. In one year, a Yale grad walked 9,000 miles up, down and across the country, shunning modern technology and even his voice. On July 9, his 23rd birthday, Greg Hindy walked into his friend’s Murrieta, Calif. home, now bearded and clearly a changed man. “I think … of. I think of being so thirsty that the desert seemed to be still and everything silent,” Hindy said, laughing and crying, his chest heaving as he uttered his first words in a year last week. The incredible journey, described by his father, Carl Hindy, as a Forrest Gump-like trip, was done as performance art for the young Nashua, N.H. man inspired by Tehching Hsieh, a Taiwanese artist who performed yearlong performance art in the 70s and 80s. Greg Hindy via Vimeo Greg Hindy posted a video with him uttering his last words before, left, on July 9, 2013, and him after the trek, right, on July 9, 2014, as he speaks his emotional first words.


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