HELEN MIRRA

Instance the Determination

2006
public project, The University of Chicago

This project takes the form of 30 brief segments of text, each painted directly on the wall. The texts are excerpted from indexes I made from two books by authors closely connected to the histories of the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago: John Dewey's Experience and Nature (1925) and Jane Addams' Newer Ideals of Peace (1907). Recontextualized and architecturally integrated, the mined texts behave not as signifiers back to the source texts, but instead point outwards. They are located in stairwells and hallways in order to be encountered within ordinary movement through the university.

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