The City Writes Itself

The City Writes Itself 1.1

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Description: The Action Researcher/Performer recorded a range of encounters she had experienced with members of the public as she walked through inner city Hobart.  These recordings were then stencilled onto large white canvases and held in front of her, back in the locations where the encounters had originally taken place.  The canvases were also installed inside a disused shop front space in the ‘Cat and Fiddle Mall’.  Within this space, quotes by famous urban and social theorists were meticulously stencilled across all of the walls, these theoretical descriptions of person-to-place relationships sitting up against the local observations.  The statement: 'The City Writes Itself' was also printed on the front of twenty t-shirts, which were offered to members of the public who visited.  

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