Sabri Reed and I codirected the Urban Anthropology Project the spring of 2006. As organizers, we (re)introduced participants to overlooked sites in downtown Durham for creative response. We provided to each participant a packet with questions, prompts, and materials for engaging and documenting his or her site (incorporated later into the installation above). Each participant then developed, through discussion with us and further research, a creative response, presented in the Transom Gallery.
Our aim is to assert the place of our dreams, our actions, the hypothetical, the fantastical, the personal, the historical, and the specific into the discourse of the public realm and the transformation of society. What better place to assert ourselves than through the holes in the broken tapestry of our downtown? We project upon the heart of our city both our deepest desires for connectedness and belonging as well as our despair for our own isolation. Thus, the outdoor public spaces of downtown Durham are the openings for all of us into both the physical reality and the poetics of community.
Join us on May 19, 2006 for the opening event of the Urban Anthropology Project held at The Transom Gallery during Culture Crawl (6-10pm). The night will include the a run down on how one would create a transit proposal for Durham by the Durham Area Designers, a hip-hop performance by MC Kenyatta (Solomon Burnett), live audio mixing of found sound, footage of urban bike polo, and more.
The work shown will be the culmination of the first phase of the project:
Fifteen individuals-urban geographer, installation artist, sound artist, environmental activist, realtor, child, professor, hip-hop artist…