[dropcap]L[/dropcap]andon Brown and the Chicago-based arts project 96 Acres are pleased to present PARK, a large-scale data visualization, public art, and radio broadcast event that will occupy 1/2 mile of public street parking adjacent to Chicago’s Cook County Jail, the largest county jail in the U.S.
The event will feature a Vocalo (Chicago Public Media, 90.7) broadcast of B.B. King’s 1970 performance, “Live in Cook County Jail,”, through the AM/FM stereos of over 100 crowd-sourced automobiles, color-coded to visualize the racial statistics of today’s inmate population there. The live radio broadcast will also invite visitors to contribute personal memories and stories connected to the history of the Cook County Jail in relation to Little Village and Chicago’s West side communities. These recording stations will function as places to socialize, and dialogue around issues related to incarceration and its social and political impact. Recorded stories will become part of an ongoing archive by the arts project and PARK collaborator 96 Acres.
Evoking the political history of self-organized prisoner rights movements and the complex relationship between culture, community and spectacle, PARK is a vehicle for challenging the politics of representation at a time when incarceration plays an increasingly disproportionate role in the lives of specific communities in Chicago and throughout the nation.
To learn more about PARK or to participate in this crowd-sourced public art event, please visit park-96acres.org.
ABOUT 96 ACRES
The series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects known as 96 Acres examines the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail located on Chicago’s West Side. Using multi-disciplinary art practices, 96 Acres explores the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, the project aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility and present insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reach.
Since last year, eight artists and art collectives have produced on-site art projects chosen from almost 50 calls for proposals from all over the U.S.
PARK by Landon Brown was identified as a project that would create opportunities for community engagement, while at the same time interrogating the jail’s history, and provoking a dialogue around its political, historical and cultural resonance. For more information, visit 96acres.org.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Landon Brown is an independent designer and director of VisionArc, a New York City-based strategic design practice. His work uses design, research and visualization to address challenges affecting landscapes and natural resources, the built environment and social cohesion in communities. Through VisionArc, Landon has partnered with civic organizations such as the Brooklyn Public Library, NYC Parks and the BMW Guggenheim Lab to help catalyze community participation and an engagement with complex systems.
Landon has practiced with leading design offices in New York, Cambridge, Barcelona and Rotterdam. His professional work has been presented at Storefront for Art and Architecture, Harvard GSD, and in international publications including Domus China, A+U, and AR Asia Pacific, amongst others. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. For more information, visit visionarc.org.
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