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The City: A Prelude

Screenshot from installation
Friday, November 26, 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Negative Mirror (Tyler Walters, Killian Manning, Julie Walters)

The virtual installation will stream from our website November 26 - 28 from 8:00pm-11:00pm -

The City: A Prelude works to uncover convergences and divergences between our "real" cities and those imagined by Italo Calvino in his poetic novel "Invisible Cities". The work rewards multiple or extended viewings. Visit as often as you like for as long as you wish. There is no beginning or end. It is an algorithmic video collage that offers an ever-changing experience. This work features an evocative soundscape by Duke Dance Musical Coordinator John Hanks, and includes Duke Dance alum Alyah Baker as a collaborating performer!

And also coming soon:

The City: A Portal
Free and open to the public
December 2 - 5, 2021
Open for viewing 6-9pm
The Ark, Lower Floor, 14 Epworth Dorm Lane, Duke University East Campus

This immersive environment continues our exploration of the delights and problematics of cities. Highlights from The City: A Portal include: idiosyncratic uses of video projections that layer presence with transience and transparency, destabilizing our understanding of inhabiting a space or even belonging in it, questioning our notions of the real, the imagined, the hyperreal; soundscapes using text excerpts from Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" as a poetic backdrop against which alternative voices respond; interactive map-making designed to explore issues of freedom of movement, contested migrations, anthropogenic destruction, and failed utopian projects; Calvino-inspired curios that invite inquiry into memory, desire, death, and decay.

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