Kim Smith | Winter/Spring 2019 Visual Artist Resident PDF Print E-mail

Kim Smith
Winter/Spring 2019 Visual Artist Resident
January 28–May 10, 2019

During her BCA residency, Kim Smith will draw on the art concept of dérive, a strategy put forward by Paris-based artist Guy Debord in the mid-20th century, in which individuals are encouraged to operate without the usual routines and motives in order to allow the present moment of the city to guide interaction. Smith proposes to revisit these concepts in the contemporary context, using the neighborhood of the South End in Boston as her base. Building on the ideas of dérive and psychogeography, and working directly with neighborhood participants through walks and map-making workshops, she will create new modes and forms of cartography, specific to our environs and community. Participants will create their own cartographic artifacts documenting their personal experiences of time and space.

Kim Smith, Mockup of foldout printed map
Kim Smith, Mockup of foldout printed map, created from personal geographies and stories of the area; distributed as a tourist map on the street.

The process-based, multidisciplinary and multimedia work will rely heavily on continuous engagement with the place, the people and the community, and may emerge as drawing, visual maps, sound art, books, installation and whatever else. Public interactions will include printing and distributing copies of fold-out maps based on psychogeographical interpretations of the South End, created with and by local residents.



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