Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia

Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia is a project of Painted Bride Art Center which uses art and public dialogue to bring seemingly invisible cultural memories to light while enriching our city’s history and various communities. We at Painted Bride invite you to be a part of this initiative.

The Bride has invited 3 Artist/Thinkers to use their artistic process to view the city and its history: dancer/choreographer, Reggie Wilson, dancer/choreographer, Faustin Linyekula, and theater artist Marty Pottenger. Their final performances will take place in April, 2016. CLICK HERE for the event listings. Their inquiries are as follows:

  • Reggie Wilson has taken interest in the performative aspects of religious worship. Using the Black Shakers, Rebecca Cox Jackson, and Father Divine, Reggie asks, “How has spiritual practice impacted and shaped Philadelphia?”
  • Faustin Linyekula work explores what civic responsibility the creative must bear beyond the arts. After spending time in North Philly with King Britt and Raphael Xavier, Faustin asks, “What are the possibilities of creating a circle in our communities?”
  • Marty Pottenger is reframing Philadelphia with particular focus on the events surrounding the American Revolution, Lenape Indian culture, and climate change. With focus on industrialization and urban sprawl, Marty asks, “How has the ecological, cultural, and ethnic landscape of the city shifted over time?”

The 3 Artist/Thinkers will showcase their final projects during our culminating events in April 2016.

Visit the Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia website weekly to find new field notes that document and articulate the project’s multiple approaches. In addition to charting the processes of the three Artists/Thinkers via Project Notes, the website is building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings. Notes from artists and community members consider place via the street, sound, food, trees, and other portals, while Meta-Notes expand on the project’s conceptual frame and ground it in a larger context. Stay connected by following the Editor’s Notes that frame and weave these emerging narratives and practices of place together.

We’re inviting YOU to be a part of this archive. What is the Philadelphia of your past, present, future? Share your story.

Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.