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Vacant America: the Bok building


  • Bok 1900 South 9th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19148 United States (map)

Vacant America is the vision of Klip Collective artists to create a series of video installations uncovering physical memories and visual residues from America's forgotten and changing spaces. At Bok, we are exploring interpretive storytelling through immersive media, such as installation art and virtual reality. With the first installment in the former Girls’ Gymnasium, this project seeks to capture the history and tangible memories contained in the former school.

The installation will run through the month of June on Wednesdays (6-9 pm), Fridays (6-9pm) and Saturdays (1-4pm). The entrance can be found on Mifflin Street across from the Southwark School parking lot.

Installation Director/ Video: Ricardo Rivera
Sound Design/ Sculpture: Josh James
Sound Design/ Sculpture: Julian Grefe
Project Director: Michelle Barbieri
Production Company: Klip Collective
Executive Producer: Marie Patriarca
Production Assistants: Justin Pekera, Thom Roland
Production Coordinators: Matthew Howell-Clarke, Amy Wark
Additional Animation: Whitney Alexander
Interns: CJ Journey, Casey Poehlein

Special thanks to Lindsey Scannapieco, Liz Maillie, Morgan Jezierski, Lily Goodspeed, Jamal Jones, Tom DeFelice, Kamal Sinclair, Ruby Lerner, Haley Shaffer, Jamaine Smith, Alexa Sarkuni, Ben Kalina, Kevin Ritchie, Jeffrey Perkins and everyone at Monogram.

Vacant America is a project of Creative Capital and supported in part by Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab. Select interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

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