Urban Renewal Laboratory (URL)
A collaborative investigation of urban history, memory and experience.
Artists are often used by urban developers as indicators of rising property value, but they are seldom included in the decision-making process. URL is an opportunity for artists to collaborate with urban planners and architects in exploring the (re)development of urban space, and in developing a unique vision of urban experience.
The URL project is an exhibition at Southern Exposure gallery, a Web piece, a catalog, and lectures and events.
The Exhibition at Southern Exposure gallery will run from May 8 to June 20, 1998.  Projects for the exhibition include Contours of the City, FarmCity, Hidden Noise, La Vida Povera de San Pancho, Monument Map, Multifrisco, Physical HygieneThe Radiant City, and Territory .  The exhibition will also include off-site installations which will become a part of the urban landscape and involve the public by chance encounter.
The Web piece ("Multifrisco") functions on its own, and will also be a component of the gallery project.  The core feature of this piece is an interactive map composed of several layers, to one of which the public is invited to contribute stories, images, and sounds.
The catalog will serve to document the project and, like the Web piece, will extend the exhibition's life past gallery de-installation.
During the exhibition (May-June, 1998), URL will produce a series of lectures and events that will address issues of urban renewal.  These talks will feature project participants, cultural historians and city planners.

Project participants: Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Margaret Crane, Harrell Fletcher, Erika Olsen Hannes, Scott MacLeod, Anita Margrill, Julio Morales, Natasha Ogunji, Kevin Radley, Jon Rubin, Alison Sant, Jacques Servin, Valerie Soe, Richard Sommer, Zane Vella, Fan Warren.
URL advisors:  Scott Noren, Judy West, Andrea Feeser, David Lawrence, Anthony Mickens.
Curators: Mike Blockstein and Michael Brown.
Project coordinator: Megan Wilson.
Urban Renewal Laboratory is supported by generous grants from the Creative Work Fund, the Graham Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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