Going Alone

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Dutch artist Karen Lancel presses notions of security and space by secluding participants and focusing their interactions on the topics of isolation and fear. In her work 'Agora Phobia (digitalis),' a white, translucent contraption offers a space for insular conversations with agoraphobics, prisoners, and otherwise cloistered peoples. These dialogues do not remain private however and are archived online along with personal testimonials about human contact (or lack thereof). By superimposing different traumatic experiences of separation, Lancel demonstrates how differently these can be measured depending on whether one dwells on physical spaces or psychological states. Participate online or this weekend in New York City. Details on this Saturday's event, as well as upcoming programs in Holland and Germany, are noted on the site. -- Rachel Greene