X Locus | Collaborative Installation at AAR

Photo © AGENCY 2012

On Thursday, April 28 at 8 PM in the cortile of the McKim, Mead and White Building at theAmerican Academy in Rome there will be an opening reception for a collaborative installation entitled X LOCUS, featuring environmental media by Founders Rome Prize winners in Architecture Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller (AGENCY), sound by Elliott Carter Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition Paul Rudy, and lyrics by Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize winner in Modern Italian Studies Jennifer Scappettone.

X LOCUS explores senses of dislocation and repatriation in the communities of the Academy, Rome, and the respective backgrounds of those who pass through here via traversals of sound, text, and visual projections onto the introverted cortile space. The installation raises issues of placelessness and loss which cannot be represented as visual images; the organizers write, “Through a subversive use of the two-dimensional image in these shared spaces, we mean to generate experiences of reorientation.”

X LOCUS will be on display Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 from 8 to 10 PM, with an opening on Thursday.