Look around you the next time you are in the vicinity of 40th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia. Do you notice the billboard-sized photograph displayed on the the facade of the parking garage? What does this image suggest to you?
Artist Braco Dimitrijević created the first installment of his "Casual Passer-By" series in 1971, and has repeated this process in cities worldwide over the past thirty years. His pieces utilize advertising media such as billboards, banners and public transit vehicles to display the faces of strangers whom he encounters and subsequently photographs in the street. The vagaries of chance, the whims of history, and the fickleness of celebrity are all suggested by these anonymous yet iconic portraits. Please join us for four site-specific conversations about the temporary installation “The casual passer-by I met..." Each location figured in the map pictured below provides a different perspective on the interpretation, curation, and production of the work. These conversations feature the artist, project curators, and community members who have contributed to the realization of the project. Participants are invited to attend multiple conversations; maps and further information are available from the Slought Foundation storefront at 4017 Walnut Street on the evening of the program. Click here to download a poster advertising the event (PDF).
Download the conversations:
Conversation outside Marbar/Cinema de Lux (with Braco Dimitrijevic, et al.; 40 min) mp3 format | m4a format
Conversation at Public Art Site at 40th & Locust (with Jean-Michel Rabaté, et al.; 47 min) mp3 format | m4a format
Conversation in Freshgrocer Garage, 40th & Walnut (with David Brownlee, Mark Kocent, et al.; 40 min) mp3 format | m4a format
Conversation on Park Bench (with Katherine Carl, Laura Heffernan, Michael Howard, et al.; 25 min) mp3 format | m4a format
Conversation with the artist and students in the RBSL Bergman Foundation Seminar (Oct 12; 81 min) mp3 format | m4a format
Conversation with the artist and Osvaldo Romberg (Oct 12; 54 min) mp3 format | m4a format
Click here for more information on this outdoor project. Organized in association with "The Ways to Post History," an exhibit of the artist's work at Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Oct 13-Nov 28, 2007; Free admission (here for more information). Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania and University City District.
Read More About this Project (PDF Download)
Braco Dimitrijević (1948-) lives and works in Paris, France. He was born in Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia. He is a pioneer of in the field of conceptual art in public space and has exhibited internationally. For a full biography, please visit http://slought.org/content/11364/
This program is made possible in part through the generous sponsorship or support of Braco Dimitrijević, the Society of Friends of the Slought Foundation, University City District, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Departments of the History of Art and English at the University of Pennsylvania in funding the 2007-2008 RBSL Bergman Foundation Curatorial Seminar. We are also grateful for the assistance provided by University Architect David Hollenberg, the University Art Committee, the staff of Facilities and Real Estate Services, and the School of Arts and Sciences Facilities Planning and Operations Division at the University of Pennsylvania.