Memories of the Future is a mobile cinema project that functions as a location based portrait of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Using a smartphone app, visitors navigate the landscape and view videos of spoken word poetry performances by local poets tied to specific locations in the landscape.
The poets wrote texts from the point of view of an element in the landscape as if it had witnessed a significant event in their lives. Performances were shot on location, beginning with a view of the past at the Hunts Point Six Train subway station, and ending with a look towards the future at the Bronx River. Together, the texts describe an area in need of urban spatial justice from a human perspective, creating a portrait of the Hunts Point landscape that is at once gritty and beautiful.
The project was a broad collaboration between artist Melanie Crean, producer Jordan Parnass, fifteen spoken word poets from the Bronx, three programmers, and two visual effects artists. The Bronx Museum sponsored a live performance where poets, residents and local leaders walked the project route to discuss issues raised in the work.
Memories of the Future: Paula Ramirez
Poet Paula Ramirez performs in the 6 train station.
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