May 15th 2010

re[public] in/decency

@ Spoke

119 N Peoria St, 3D, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Saturday, May 15th, from 6PM - 8PM

re[public] in/decency (co-founded by Erica Mott and Coman Poon) is an inter-arts activist 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 Frieman, 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” 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.

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