Over the course of a month, re[public] in/decency, in collaboration with dressmaker and visual artist Kristin Mariani, embarked on an integrated arts-based investigation of the relationship between personal and collective memory entitled The Palimpsest Project, as resident artists of SPOKE Gallery, Chicago.
re[public] in/decency’s inspiration for building an interactive installation emerged from the metaphor of the “palimpsest” which refers to a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain. With a collective curiosity in seeing how materiality and memory can intersect, they worked across design platforms to manifest the idea of creating an “environmental palimpsest”.
Their process of co-creating, assembling and preparing an installation was further deepened by interactive workshops/co-research within the installation with diverse individuals, groups and cultural communities as part of The Palimpsest Project’s investigation into the interlaced connections between biography and biology. Additionally interactive process performances took place as part of the Chicago Loop Alliances PopUp Art Loop Galleries.
The Palimpsest Project will continue its community co-research as part of a residency this winter at hub14, Toronto.