Beware of saying to them that sometimes different cities follow one another on the same site and under the same name, born and dying without knowing one another, with communication among themselves.
Cities and Memory 5. The Invisible City. Italo Calvino.

Scene:
Over 40 years ago, New York City was granted an area bounded by Essex, Delancy, Grand and Willett Streets. Currently known as SPURA, it is the largest area of the city that remains without urban development. This particular place, full of hope, memories and meanings, is a critical part of the living history of the Lower East Side.

Plot:
Pablo Gomez Uribe (Colombia) and Reena Katz (Canada) will guide a silent performative tour through the proposed SPURA site, encouraging walkers to experience the place through the sounds of its current environment and the missing images of events that occurred in the past. Using a combination of sonic and visual cues gathered from the neighborhood, the walk will highlight the strange and highly political history of tenement fires that occurred in the Lower East Side in the years before SPURA’s birth.

Aftermath:
Walkers will experience an ambiguous story of the proposed SPURA site, exchanging spoken scripts from their guides for silence and contrasting temporal images. This fractured space will evoke the missing voices needed to herald a just future for the site’s development.

Elements of Composition [As above, so below] A project by Bik Van der Pol for Living As Form, organized by Creative Time. Silence in the Post Card City; Walking Tour.

Pablo Gomez Uribe
Reena Katz
New York. 2011


Digital print on paper.
42 x 20 cm. Digital print on paper.
42 x 20 cm. Digital C print. Each: 40.5 x 29 in. 
Digital C print.
Each: 40.5 x 29 in. Digital C print.
Each: 40.5 x 29 in. Digital C print.
Each: 40.5 x 29 in. Digital C print.
Each: 40.5 x 29 in. Digital C print.
Each: 40.5 x 29 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Digital C print.
Each: 29 x 40.5 in. Photo by Chris Choi, Maricruz Alarcon Photo by Chris Choi, Maricruz Alarcon Photo by Chris Choi, Maricruz Alarcon Photo by Chris Choi, Maricruz Alarcon