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video, Northside, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, movement, language, body language

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New Media, Other 3D Work, Temporary, Removed



Northside Crossing

2015


Blaine Siegel



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Commissioning Entity City of Asylum/Pittsburgh
ADA Services The projections were deinstalled in February 2015.

Northside Crossing is a public art project artist Blaine Siegel created with residents of the Northside neighborhood through a commission by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. The work consisted of three video projection sites featuring Northside community members in movement. The work streamed nightly at dusk to midnight from January 10 to February 14, 2015 at the following locations:

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny
1230 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15212

The Allegheny City Market
1327 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

City of Asylum Pittsburgh
400 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Siegel was commissioned by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh to create a public artwork that used language and engaged the community. Siegel took walks through the neighborhood and engaged in conversations with people sitting on their stoops, walking dogs, or just strolling through the neighborhood.
 

Siegel describes the project:
"After a few of these walks it became clear to me that a neighborhood is its community, and the soul of the community is found in its people. This is when I decided to tell the stories of the people for my project. I sat at the Farmers Market with a sign asking anyone to sit and talk with me.  After finding a number of enthusiastic people to work with me, we developed their stories using body language, text, and the language of film.   

The results of this process are exhibited with my other community participants...the hosts of the stories.  The projected films can be seen from the sidewalks along the Allegheny Carnegie Public Library, Bryant Street Market and City of Asylum Pittsburgh every night at sundown.  

Walking down the street, driving home, passing through the neighborhood, you, the witness, complete the project."

 

Blaine Siegel earned a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University and an MFA in Sculpture from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has exhibited work in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Florida, New York and Arles, France. Recent exhibits of note include, ENOUGH Violence at Pittsburgh's Society for Contemporary Craft, Objects for Dance at PRACTICE in Philadelphia, and DREAM BODY at 709 Gallery in Pittsburgh 4/14.