2014 _ 020 Urban Songline | Latitude: 39.102759° N - 39.102907° N / Longitude: -84.511896° W - -84.512164° W - Rosenthal Contemporary Art Center - Cincinnati - US

For 'Buildering: Misbehaving the City' several local dance groups turn Zaha Hadid's 'Urban Carpet' design for the building into a marble game with giant weather balloons. The dancers improvise to the live music created from the sounds of the description of the shape of the space with the balloons completing a dialogue with the building.

The sidewalk runs under the central volume of the building in a one degree angle, turning 89 degrees into a vertical plane bending the floor like a skateboard ramp behind a giant steel staircase. The space works to defy gravity. The gravity we use to run our marbles up and down the architecture.

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Part of the project Urban Songlines, a utopian/dystopian series of collaborative translations of buildings, urban structures and public spaces into music through site-specific sound-generation inspired by the tradition of the Songlines, a system for relating to-, mapping of- and caring for their land among Aboriginal Australians. These performances are a way of connecting to places by listening to them as well as a research into how we use and experience the public domain and to what degree we can claim ownership over it, discussing notions of inclusion, becoming and belonging.

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020 Urban Songline is made possible with generous support from the Mondriaan Fund


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and as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York


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