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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Elizabeth Filardi, Erik Burke, United States

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Proposal Title: Audio Detonations, 01/16/2008, Performance

Proposal Synopsis: An "Audio Detonations" is a scripted conversation between two people who are tactically positioning themselves to be easily overheard by their neighbors. For this project, we will perform a series of audio detonations derived from Iraqi blogs. Rather than reading, or memorizing and reciting entries, we will be constantly regurgitating the content from memory. Our audio detonations will take place in several locations and contexts on the subway, in coffee shops and bars and they will be documented with hidden camcorders. In New York City today, distancing oneself from the war in Iraq is somewhat of a goal. But in Baghdad, this coping strategy is not an option. Hundreds of Iraqi bloggers write daily about the complicated socio-economical and political issues and questions of stability that characterize their lives. Our "Audio Detonations" seek to disrupt this distance between New Yorkers and Iraqis with the narratives of Iraqi bloggers. The purpose of this piece is to make visible the life of a person living in a war zone. Meanwhile, by internalizing and rearticulating the words of these bloggers, we are being telling of ourselves, our interests, our thresholds for understanding. We are exemplifying cultural difference and similarity.

Artist's Biography: (E.F.) After completing a B.A. in literary and cultural studies, I've moved on to the study of design and technology at Parsons the New School, where I am working on an M.F.A. I am primarily interested in disruptive public art that bridges the two fields of design and culture. (E.B.)From redefining architecture's purpose through skating, to migrating the country by bicycle, I often wonder where private and public are divided. I have a deep connection to community that propels me to live, work, and study the landscapes we reinvent daily.

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