Public Opinion Curatorial Projects will be featuring an Outdoor Video Art Installation at the Free City Public Art Festival this May. The Collective curates art which negotiates public and private issues of distance and intimacy. Live selections of video and sound art will emanate throughout the Flint festival during scheduled performances. Participating artists are from Chicago, New York, London, UK, and Bucharest, Romania.
Artists include Blake Daniels, Alexandria Eregbu and Robin Kang. A project by Christina Long and Silvia Vasilescu.
Collective Statement: The experience of using technologies like projectors and sound transmissions from other places is a matter of creating a 3rd space. A layer of transparency that wasn’t there before. We use our machines to call to the site and resonate with it. An exchange occurs in the shadow of this deteriorating landscape that was once closer to human reality, now drifting back into the mysteries of nature. How do we reach it there? How do we hold a conversation with this land?
How can we re-imagine the space as something else?
In the past, there have been a lot of projects that involved the re-purposing of decrepit and forgotten spaces, one of the most famous examples is the High Line in New York. Turning such a space into a leisure time environment is the aim of our project. We want to reimagine the former Chevy factory in Flint as our meeting place. Stressing the potential for a public space, a gathering space, as well as a leisure space.
Free City is a three-day international public art festival that will take place in Flint, Michigan from May 3 to 5, 2013 in and around an abandoned, former Chevrolet manufacturing site known as Chevy-in-the-Hole.
About the Chevy Site: “Chevy-in-the-Hole is a roughly 130-acre area adjacent to the Flint River just northwest of downtown Flint, situated between major institutions such as Kettering University, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Hurley Hospital. An active GM factory, a tool & die metal shop, is stationed on the southern edge. The name Chevy-in-the-Hole refers to the site being in a flood plain 10-20 feet lower than its surroundings.”
About Flint Public Art Project: “Flint Public Art Project organizes public events, workshops, and temporary installations to inspire residents to reimagine the city, reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings and lots, and use innovative tools to steer the city’s long-term planning.We support collaborations among local residents and organizations with leading artists, architects, planners, and community organizers from around the world, connecting the city to regional, national, and global movements to revitalize places through art and design.We are documenting and amplifying the many ways residents, businesses, and institutions are transforming the city and its public image, and broadcasting this new story to audiences throughout the world.” *Courtesy of Flint Public Art Project