HOUSE / DIVIDED Premiere Opens Today at Drake's Thurber Theater

Posted: October 06, 2011

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the world premiere of HOUSE / DIVIDED, a multimedia theater show about the foreclosure crisis by The Builders Association, at 8 p.m. Oct. 6-8 in Ohio State’s Thurber Theatre. set of HOUSE / DIVIDED Jay LaPreteThe house on the HOUSE / DIVIDED set was built from components of a foreclosed house in Weinland Park, a Columbus neighborhood near campus. (Photocredit: Jay LaPrete)

Coproduced by the Wexner Center, HOUSE / DIVIDED combines live performance with sophisticated video and digital technology (with an additional augmented reality component) to tell current stories of the mortgage meltdown through the lens of John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath." The Builders have been engaged in a series of cross-campus, cross-disciplinary creative residencies at Ohio State over the past year to develop this show.

Katherine Bennett’s Spring 2011 Landscape Architecture 760 seminar, “Disreplacement,” contributed to this project. The seminar evolved from an October 2010 workshop Katherine led with Builders Association artists Marianne Weems (creative director) and Moe Angelos (writer, actor). The workshop explored urban farms and guerilla gardens in Cleveland. Watch a video of the workshop.

The “Disreplacement” seminar inquired into relationships between displacement and replacement of populations and habitat under changing economies. It examined within different cultural contexts settled and transient forms of spatial occupation by humans and other species and addressed how political terms of production direct those occupations from the perspectives of architects, philosophers, historians and artists. The seminar’s research findings and design ideation were contributions to the HOUSE / DIVIDED project.

Read this week's onCampus story about HOUSE / DIVIDED.

Official news release

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