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City of Ghosts

August 19, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - September 10, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

City of Ghosts is an exhibition that represents the culmination of a year-long residency at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the Fabrication Lab. Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone, founders of Freespace Collective, have collaborated on a series of artworks that use technologies available across the street in the digital Fab Lab to explore the areas surrounding the library and Flashpoint Gallery.

Tensions of rapid change and collective amnesia are visualized through maps, crime statistics, 3D printed sculpture, video, and an interactive drawing machine. Together, this work investigates various modes of collecting and archiving the constantly shifting identity of the city. By drawing attention to temporal aspects of the city, FreeSpace Collective is opening a dialogue to memorialize the present, and suggest the possibility of change.

The FreeSpace Collective was founded by artists Billy Friebele and Michael Dax Iacovone, who began working together on collaborative video projects in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. FreeSpace Collective focuses on community engagement, public spaces, mapping, and interactivity, with an emphasis on collaboration. They have exhibited in Detroit, MI; St. Louis, MO; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Jatiwangi, Indonesia; among other places. FreeSpace Collective is based in Washington, DC.

The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning, and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity, and to build a thriving city. The DC Public Library Foundation is the District Library’s philanthropic arm, enriching the DC Public Library’s capabilities, resources, and services by forging community connections.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5-7pm (free and open to the public)