WHAT: re[public] in/decency animates empty storefront on the edge of Jeweller's Row as part of Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery Walk presented by Chicago Loop Alliance in association with Chicago Artists' Coalition
WHEN: Thursday, May 6th 2010 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WHERE: 220 S. Wabash (south of Adams)
WHAT: re[public] in/decency will speak about their research as inaugural Artists-in-Residency at Spoke
WHEN: Saturday, May 15th, 2010 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Spoke, 119 N. Peoria Street #3D, Chicago, IL
KEY INFORMATION: re[public] in/decency (co-founded by Erica Mott and Coman Poon) is an inter-artsactivist initiative and creative think tank that explores the trans-national intersections between live art, social justice activism and arts-informed pedagogy.
In collaboration with dress-maker and fabric-based artist Kristin Mariani, re[public] in/decency are the inaugural artists-in-residence at Spoke from April 26-May 23, 2010.
Our cross-disciplinary and community-engaged research envisioning the creation of embodied and large-scale installation of community-interactive “palimpsests” to unearth hidden cultural memory and promote dialogue amongst and between diverse “diasporas”. The Palimpsest Project (phase one) will employ the creation of an environmental and performative chalkcloth "palimpsest" to trace the intricate relationships between the physical body, transgenerational memory and landscapes of belonging. We view the chalkboard and chalk cloth as metaphoric contemporary incarnations of the historical palimpsest, a manuscript on parchment which has been effaced to make room for later writing, but of which antecedent traces remain. It is our hope that enlarging and collectively engaging in the rite of inscribing and re-inscribing personal narrative will create unique and powerful (individual and collective) connections whist engaging in an accessibly expressive and socio-cultural dialogue.