A durational performance, text and technology-based response to Preston Bradley Hall, the site of the circulation room of the former Chicago Public Library. The work began with the development of task-based and textual responses derived from research into the history of the space, its architectural elements, and an archive of documentation from the "English Book Donation," an initiative by which 8,000 texts were shipped to Chicago following devastation of the great fire.
Two male figures traverse one another across a long east / west line, enacting carefully choreographed movements constructed from landscape paintings, the penmanship of letters, shipping routes of books, and trace routes of networked information.
Simultaneous to the live performance, original and sourced texts and footage, collected, catalogued, and remixed by a computer program, were projected onto the windows of Preston Bradley Hall, transforming the room into a machine disseminating and circulating visual and textual information.
Camera: Irina Botea