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The artist’s book crafted by Ruth Scott Blackson (left) contains lines from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, matched up with the colors believed to have covered the walls of his Philadelphia home, and decoded using the Munsell Book of Color (right)

Moods of Poe in words and colors — Ruth Scott Blackson’s Hidden City Festival installation at the Athenaeum

—>Sam visits the Athenaeum for an encounter with Edgar Allen Poe’s moody words in a Hidden City Festival project. — the artblog editors—————> A visit to Through the Pale Door, Ruth Scott Blackson’s installation inside the historic Philadelphia Athenaeum, begins with a guide leading you to the private library’s third-floor reading room. There, you will find Blackson’s creation: a trilogy of artist’s books, printed at the local Second State Press, each modeled on the colors in individual rooms in Edgar Allan Poe’s 1840s home on Seventh and Spring Garden streets. Page by page, each book pulls color swatches from the Poe house, ... More » »

The Dufala Brothers stand in front of a wall of duct work they added to the space

Hidden City Festival 2013 — The Dufala Brothers explore defunct infrastructure in Frankford’s Global Dye Works

From now until June 30, Hidden City Philadelphia is hosting its second Hidden City Festival. Over the Festival’s six weeks, unique historic sites around the city will be transformed by artists, allowing visitors to interact with urban space and history in novel and engaging ways. One of nine project sites scattered around the city is in the boiler room of Frankford’s old Globe Dye Works. Here in this relic of industrial infrastructure, artists the Dufala Brothers have created an installation called Oil & Water, which explores and blurs the line between contemporary technologies of production and outdated industry. The Globe ... More » »

The Frankford Historical Society

Hidden City Festival 2013 — Data Garden’s a/v archaeology at the Frankford Historical Society

For the duration of the 2013 Hidden City Festival, a series of sound installations created by artists associated with Data Garden will offer visitors a unique context for exploring the collection of objects and artifacts on display at the Frankford Historical Society in Northeast Philadelphia. Data Garden is a record label, events producer, and online journal that works to foment engagement with history and science through communally generated electronic music. For their installation in the Frankford Historical Society’s basement, Data Garden members and sound artists Dino Lionetti, Joe Patitucci, Laura Baird, King Britt, and Jacob 2-2 are exploring historical artifacts ... More » »

The ceiling of the Germantown Town Hall Rotunda

Hidden City Festival 2013 — A spirited new Germantown Town Hall

Beginning May 23rd, artists became community organizers at the Hidden City Festival’s “Germantown City Hall” project, which opened inside the historic, long-abandoned Germantown Town Hall. “A lot of people have been asking, ‘Are you rehabbing the space?’ That’s been the top question,” said Meredith Warner, a member of the Germantown artists’ collective known as Think Tank that has yet to be named. More than a simple architectural renovation, however, Think Tank and Oakland-based artist Jacob Wick are activating the Town Hall building as a community gathering site for the duration of the 2013 Hidden City Festival (May 23 to June ... More » »

Inside the Kelly Water Works

Hidden City Festival 2013 — Bibotorium imagines a world with or without water

As one of the nine projects that will revitalize lost parts of Philadelphia for the 2013 Hidden City Festival, Camp Little Hope arts collective will take over part of the Kelly Natatorium in Fairmount Park to create a “Bibotorium,” or educational saloon, in a forgotten former public pool. For the length of the festival, which runs from May 23rd to June 30th, guests will be invited to sit down for a cup of tea and then to ruminate on the possibly terrifying future of our access to viable, fresh drinking water. The Bibotorium site is steeped in Philadelphia’s historical relationship ... More » »

Crumbling, peeling walls serve as beautiful counterparts to much of the art

Hidden City Festival 2013 site preview – Rabid Hands Arts Collective creates The Society of Pythagoras at Hawthorne Hall

From May 23rd to June 30th, Hidden City Philadelphia will hold its second Hidden City Festival, hosting art shows and events at nine sites around the Philadelphia area. Hidden City Philadelphia was born out of its previous festival, held in 2009. Now a successful full-time online magazine, Hidden City also hosts tours and events, and boasts a developing Community Action program. The idea of the Hidden City Festival is to mount contemporary, site-based art installations in little-known or endangered sites throughout Philadelphia, preferably with some kind of connection to the city’s heritage. For the 2013 festival, which features taglines like ... More » »

The interior of the rotunda of Germantown Town Hall, built in 1854 and rebuilt in 1923, the location of artist Jacob Wick’s communal space project. Photo by Peter Woodall

Hidden City festival returns next month with an emphasis on the audience

—Sam tells us about Hidden City Philadelphia, the upcoming festival that unites art and Philadelphia’s hidden architectural gems.–theartblog editors————— Philadelphia isn’t just a place for idle “ruin porn” gazers anymore. This summer, old, forgotten buildings and historic locations around the city will be brought to life for everybody’s eyes during the Hidden City Philadelphia Festival, the second such event in four years. Speaking at the Festival’s kick-off press conference, Peter Woodall, outreach director of Hidden City Philadelphia said that his festival, with nine projects in aging architectural landmarks throughout the city, goes much further than ruin porn.  “There is a value ... More » »