Dec 12th 2018

Living Architecture: Murmurs of Democracy

@ 6018NORTH

6018 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Wednesday, December 12th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, December 23rd

Join us at 6018North for the next Murmur of Democracy. This recurrent group performance provides opportunities to reflect on why we value democracy when it works and why we need it when it fails. We do this by sharing the letters, speeches, testimonies, poems and other texts by survivors of hatred, bigotry and other forms of oppression. Within 6018North we’ll be Murmuring in The Library of Refuseniks, an installation by the artist Lise Haller Baggesen.

Guests are invited to bring their own texts to share and are welcome to upload them to the archive at Readings will be provided for participants who do not bring their own material. The website also includes more information about the Murmurs and their history.

The Murmur of Democracy is a monthly group performance organized by artist Matthew Girson. During each performance audience members reflect on the successes and failures of Democracy by reading and listening to each other and for each other. Chosen texts are poems, letters, testimonies, and speeches of survivors of hatred, bigotry, sexism and other forms of oppression. Many of these texts are catalogued in the archive of this website.

All Murmurs of Democracy are free and open to the public. Guests are free to come and go through the performance and view the exhibition


Living Architecture is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Living Architecture is funded by the Terra Foundation.

Living Architecture is co-curated by Teresa Silva and Tricia Van Eck with Nathan Abhalter Smith. A variation of Living Architecture will travel to the Chicago Cultural Center in 2020.

Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of more than 75 cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy and continued impact with more than 30 exhibitions, hundreds of events, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part documentary presented throughout 2018.

Support for Art Design Chicago is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and Presenting Partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional funding for the initiative is provided by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation. The Chicago Community Trust, Leo Burnett, Polk Bros. Foundation, and EXPO CHICAGO are providing in-kind support. #ArtDesignChicago

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