This conversation highlights MARSHALL BROWN's current show here at Western Exhibitions, Center of the World, Chicago. The cornerstone of the show, Brown's 15-minute digital animation The Center of the World: Histories of Chicago's Future, whose title also acts as thesis for the show, presents three scenarios for not just the future of Chicago, but the future of the United States and beyond. The projections outlined in the video look at alternative political, economic and socio/spiritual possibilities for the transformation of the Circle Interchange, the original city center of Daniel Burnham's legendary plan, are at once plausible, utopian and thought-provoking.
During the talk, Geof Oppenheimer, whose own art practice takes up questions of civic value and the ways in which political and social structures are encoded in images, will tour the show with Marshall Brown, discussing the ideas posited in the video as well as the architectural models and unique photomontages presented in the front room of Western Exhibitions. The conversation will be casual and questions from the audience are encouraged.
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