Outdoor Projections Light Up the West Side
Just as darkness falls on Saturday nightâ€™s Transmodern Festival at the H&H Building and the Current Gallery, an arts group called Greenpants will continue with a project they call Luminous Intervention, an ongoing series of outdoor projections that began on May 4. Saturday’s tour will use projections to bring â€śto light the history of West Side redevelopment,â€ť as the group puts it. Greenpants, a group of artists, organizers, educators, and writers, intends to animate several buildings along Howard Street with massive projections to raise questions and foment discussion about the redevelopment of the corridor, especially the so-called Superblock, which they consider â€śunhealthy, unsustainable and inhospitable to its residents.â€ť
The tour will culminate at Readâ€™s Drug, site of the famous Civil Rights sit-in and center of controversy for the building of the Superblock.
Olivia Robinson, of Greenpants, sees the projections as a way to–quite literally–highlight the potential problems that the cityâ€™s redevelopment plans bring to the neighborhood. â€śWho is in control of what gets built or what gets preserved?â€ť she asks.
The group has previously worked to bring to light the complaints that the human rights organization United Workers has with the proprietors of Harborplace Mall. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, they are ready to take on the powers that be once again.
The tour begins at Saturday, May 19 at 9 p.m. at the corner of Franklin and Howard Streets.