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Mason Dixon on Mon, 25 Aug 2008 02:34:20 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime-ann> Fwd: Kurt Perschke's RedBall:Chicago Sept.1-25


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> Kurt Perschke
> RedBall: Chicago
> September 1 - 25, 2008
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> 25 Days.15 Sites.1 RedBall
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> megan {AT} meganrileyprojects.com
> http://www.redballproject.com
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> Artist Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project, an ongoing site-specific  
> installation, has been traveling the globe, adopting cities as its  
> canvas. From Barcelona to Busan to Sydney, the sculptural  
> performance has garnered public, critical and media attention  
> worldwide. From September 1 - 25, 2008, The RedBall Project Chicago  
> sponsored by Target will migrate throughout Chicago's unique  
> architectural landscape and history – each location carefully  
> considered by the artist. Site locations include Millennium Park,  
> Spertus Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, IIT's McCormick Tribune Campus  
> Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, and more. The RedBall will also  
> be found atop bridges and wedged into alleys, as Perschke's  
> decisions address not only architecture and urban space, but also  
> anticipate the flow of people, traffic and the observer's eye.
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> Compressed into each site, the 15-foot inflatable sphere changes its  
> own shape as well as the space it inhabits, directly reflecting our  
> experience of metropolitan density. Perschke conceives that RedBall  
> is "a surrogate to our own body's navigation of urban environment  
> and ultimately a transferable act of imagination." His interest is  
> presenting the public with a momentary experience in their every  
> day. He adds, "In that moment the person is not a spectator but a  
> participant in the act of creativity. That invitation to engage, to  
> collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project.  
> And like all good sculpture, the RedBall Project brings out the  
> impulse to touch."
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> To follow the project's migration in Chicago and beyond, visit http://www.redballproject.com 
>  The RedBall Project Chicago is a special project of the Chicago  
> Department of Cultural Affairs' Public Art Program
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> About the artist
> Kurt Perschke's public projects have earned him a national award  
> from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. Perschke has  
> worked with Contemporary Art Museums in Barcelona and St. Louis and  
> participated in the Busan Biennale. His video work has been screened  
> in Europe and the US. Having lived in New York, St. Louis, the  
> Virgin Islands and his native city Chicago, his work is in  
> institutional and private collections throughout the states. He  
> currently lives and works in New York City.
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> About the Public Art Program
> For thirty years, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs' Public  
> Art Program has been actively commissioning art for the City of  
> Chicago. Local, national and international artists have created  
> unique works for the city's libraries, police stations, senior  
> centers and other municipal buildings. The collection has grown to  
> over 700 pieces gracing the City's public spaces. The Public Art  
> Program also oversees special projects that further contribute to  
> the cultural enrichment of Chicago by creating and placing artwork  
> in very public and occasionally unexpected sites. The RedBall  
> Project Chicago sponsored by Target is one of these projects. . For  
> more information, visit http://www.CityofChicago.org/PublicArt
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> About Target
> Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,613 stores in 47 states  
> nationwide by delivering today's best retail trends at affordable  
> prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design  
> through innovative products, in-store experiences and community  
> partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at  
> Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience  
> with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items.  
> Since 1946, the corporation has invested five percent of its income  
> in the communities it serves. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than 3  
> million USD a week to its local communities through grants and  
> special programs. Target partners with nonprofit organizations,  
> guests and team members to help meet community needs.
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> "At Target, we are committed to making the arts affordable and  
> accessible to youth and families across the country," said Laysha  
> Ward, president, community relations, Target. "Through our  
> partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, we hope that  
> the Chicago community enjoys the experience of interacting with the  
> one-of-a-kind RedBall Project installations."
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> Contact:
> Press + Artist Liaison:
> megan {AT} meganrileyprojects.com
> http://www.redballproject.com
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> City of Chicago:
> http://www.CityofChicago.org/PublicArt
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