I screened excerpts from We Are Also Responsible: Cesar Chavez 1971/2008 and The Liberation of Our People: Angela Davis 1969/2008 from The Port Huron Project on MTV's oversized HD screen in Times Square as a part of Creative Time's "At 44 1/2" project. The videos showed once every hour on the hour, Monday through Friday, from August 26th to September 31st, 2008. More information from Creative Time on the screenings and "At 44 1/2."
“The Port Huron Project is a kind of digital samizdat, a technological twist on the distribution of political leaflets that is as American as Tom Paine and as revolutionary as farmers and small-business men toppling the combined power of George III and the East India Co.”
- Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2008
Stream or Download We Are Also Responsible: Cesar Chavez 1971/2008 (Times Square Version) in high-definition from the Internet Archive.
Stream or Download The Liberation of Our People: Angela Davis 1969/2008 (Times Square Version) in high-definition from the Internet Archive.
Stream or Download Let Another World Be Born: Stokely Carmichael 1967/2008 (Times Square Version) in high-definition from the Internet Archive.
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In the press
Hyperallergic: "A video projection focused on a single woodland scene for 24 hours shows undulating patterns of light formed by shadows of the trees. A leaf meanders its way to the ground; an insect buzzes by. A small pool of water shimmers and trickles, but not much else happens. When we come upon a scene like this in nature, we might stop for a photo, perhaps force ourselves to meditate for a moment, searching for peace and a spiritual connection, before quickly moving on. Mark Tribe’s “Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, Ulster County, New York,” from the series New Nature (2016–17), allows us to linger more than we might in the wild, where fellow hikers, inclement weather, or mosquitoes compel us to be on our way. It allows us to enjoy the scene. According to a wall text accompanying this piece, we are more likely to experience nature on a digital screen than in an immersive setting. “In an age of virtual reality and inescapable human impact, is nature as real as it used to be?” asks Tribe. “And how could we use technologies of simulation (including relatively straightforward ones, like video) to preserve the experience of a vanishing wilderness?” By providing a voyeuristic view, the artist awakens us to a primal urge to get outside, to smell the moss, to feel the ferns and rocks, to listen to the water." Ilene Dube, "Artists Urge Us to Get Outside and Smell the Moss"