Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Virtual Street Corners

Dudley Square in Roxbury and Coolidge Corner in Brookline are close geographically, but demographically they seem disparate.

For about a week in June, artist John Ewing tried to change that.

In his “Virtual Street Corners” exhibit, Ewing, a New York State native now living in Mission Hill, sought to link Dudley Square and Coolidge Corner through videoconferencing technology.

Passers-by in both neighborhoods could communicate with each other through microphones and video screens.
Underlying the project were subtexts of race, income, and ethnic tensions in Boston history.