Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Art in America online/Mary Ellen Carroll


World On A Wire: Mary Ellen Carroll Creates New Connections in New Orleans

In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Marlowe marvels, while positioned on a boat at the mouth of the Thames, that his current locale was once "one of the dark places of the earth." Our dark places—our instances of unmapped wilderness—take on a different form in 2013. Exchange the Thames for Lake Pontchartrain and the dark places for "TV white space" (the telecom industry's term for unused broadcast television channels), and one can begin to grasp the nature of Illinois-born, Texas- and New York-based artist Mary Ellen Carroll's latest endeavor-bringing Super Wi-Fi (a service that travels further and penetrates walls better than traditional 2.4 gigahertz Wi-Fi) to underserviced areas of Greater New Orleans.

Commissioned for Prospect.3 New Orleans (Oct. 25, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015) by artistic director Franklin Sirmans, a curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the project—under the working titlePublic Utility 2.0—is still in its planning stages. Its genesis began with a recent visit to New Orleans, where Carroll was struck by the I-10, an elevated highway that travels over the city, like New York City's Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and splits areas like Tremé, a Créole and African American community known for its music culture, from other vital areas in the city.

Friday, August 9, 2013

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