Turbulence Spotlight: “One Text, Many Stories – Urban Memory Loss: a Nightmare of Change in which Time is Inscribed in Space – or How a Text Became a Story” by Annette Weintraub
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“One Text, Many Stories” is an exploration of reading, and of how the visual context and process of reading influences interpretation. An original text composed of nine short passages describes an urban space reconstituted in memory, and is interspersed with short extracts from Michael de Certeau’s “The Practice of Everyday Life” and “The Production of Space” by Henri Lefebre. Taken together, the passages are a construction of ‘the city’ as a fluid mental map of elements that are shuffled and rearranged. Inspired by the css Zen Garden (http://www.csszengarden.com/) use of CSS to separate structure and appearance, each page redisplays and reconfigures the primary text. Through this alteration, the text undergoes shifts in meaning and narrative arc.
Annette Weintraub is a media artist whose projects embed layered narratives within a variety of architectural constructs. Her work is an investigation of architecture as visual language, and focuses on the dynamics of urban space, the intrusion of media into public space and the symbolism of space. She creates projects that integrate elements of narrative, film and architecture within a conceptual representation of space. She is now working with hybrid constructs of 2D and 3D in order to explore modes of spatial representation and the subjective experience of physical space.
Weintraub’s projects have been shown at venues that include: The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; The International Art Biennial-Buenos Aires; 5th Salon de Arte in Cuba; File in Brazil; Video Biennal Israel; The 5th Biennial of Media and Architecture in Graz Austria; The Whitney Biennial; The International Center for Photography/ICP; The First Chiang Mai New Media Art Festival; The International Film Festival Rotterdam; Thirteen/WNET TV’s Reel New York.Web; Viper in Switzerland; at SIGGRAPH and ISEA and numerous other national and international exhibitions. Commissions include The Rushlikon Centre for Global Dialogue, CEPA and Turbulence. She is Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at The City College of New York, CUNY.
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