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  • Portraits in Common: Public Space Project – August 17

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    August 11th, 2018adminUncategorized

    Join me and my collaborator/photographer Douglas Vuncannon on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Five Points Alley in downtown Durham, North Carolina for a participatory project! Strangers will talk, mysteries will be revealed, portraits will be taken, a video made and, of course, new music from Felix Obelix will accompany that final video. Read more about the project below. Thanks to Downtown Durham, Inc. for the opportunity (and the funding! $$$) to do this! Look for that video later this year. Rain date: August 24, 2018. Questions? email me at felixobelix [at] gmail [dot] com.

    Portraits in Common

    As Durham changes rapidly, can its long-time and recent denizens and visitors interact in a meaningful way to learn about each other? In a time when civil society seems more divided than ever, can a simple, participatory art project bridge any of those divides? Can it create something of aesthetic value as well as social cohesion value?

    In this project, Wendy Spitzer (aka Felix Obelix, musician/composer/ art-maker) and Douglas Vuncannon (documentary photographer/musician) seek to engage the public in a collaborative, participatory art/photography exercise. Visitors will be paired with other visitors whom they don’t know and will be tasked with discovering the most unusual thing they have in common. After a seven-minute discussion, the participants will then be photographed together. The final outcome will be a video of the photographed portraits and an accompanying original musical soundtrack, to be posted online for Durhamites and the wider world.

    Here are a few photos from our beta testing of the project:

    Andy-Is Bill-Paul Moll-Alex

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