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OPEN CEREMONY : Rite of Remembrance/Memory Transcription, 2011

Table, Chair, Typewriter, Paper, Bodega candle, Tags, 90d 0h, Dimensions Variable


Trust Art proudly welcomes its eleventh project, spearheaded by artist Legacy Russell, to the Trust Art community. Russell’s project, OPEN CEREMONY, will be a contemporary exploration of ceremony, ritual, and idolatry through site-specific performative and interactive installations (dubbed by the artist as “social shrines”) throughout Lower Manhattan.

Russell is the first new artist to be introduced to the Trust Art platform since its inception in early 2009; her arrival marks the beginning of Trust Art’s plan to open its shareholder-based funding model to the wider artist community.

Beginning in late June, the OPEN CEREMONY project will be broken up into four “rites,” each of which will be gradually released into the public realm over the coming months. Each rite will aim to experiment with a different facet of public worship and remembrance, as inspired by the cultural and social milieu of the East Village and the Lower East Side. The hope for the Open Ceremony project is that it will contribute to an ongoing dialog, building upon the collective consciousness and visual vernacular of two sites undergoing change.

The first of the four, “Rite of Remembrance: Memory Transcription”, investigates how narrative history acts as a vehicle in building collective consciousness within a community. With a table, two chairs, and a typewriter, Russell will take to the streets of the East Village and Lower East Side as a native stenographer of public diary, asking of residents both old and new: “What memories do you have of living in this neighborhood?”

An online map will be updated with the artist's location in the coming months. Interested participants can follow @OpenCeremony and @TrustArt on Twitter to keep updated on the project’s location.





TRUST ART: trustart.org/​posts/​42

REFINERY 29: refinery29.com/​pull-up-a-chair-with-artist-legacy-russell-and-let-your-new-york-memories-flow

VILLAGE VOICE: blogs.villagevoice.com/​runninscared/​2011/​08/​legacy_russell.php

EV GRIEVE: evgrieve.com/​2011/​08/​legacy-russells-east-village-open.html

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