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A Book as a Line on the River Narrowsburg, New York, USA

PROJECT OVERVIEW: A performance presented in the Delaware River as an act for the protection of its environment and against the pollution of its waters from the fracking practices in the area. On August 5th 2017, sitting at the sewing machine at a table set in the water near the Pennsylvania side of the river, across from Narrowsburg, New York, I sewed a seam linking cork sheets to make an accordion book. While producing it I let it flow down with the current for about one hour. It was a Saturday evening at sunset and the audience were mostly random people spending their weekend in the area. The book was then collected and let dry. A small edition of 5 books was made out of sections of it and set in wooden boxes. Because of its history of linking and repairing and having never been used to divide but only to seam parts together I chose the line made with a sewing machine as my performance tool for mending political, physical, metaphorical distances and promoting peace.

CATEGORY: Professional SETTING: Rural STATUS: Completed project

BY: Elena Berriolo

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: It was August 5th 2017, a Saturday evening at sunset. The audience were mostly random people spending their weekend in the area. They mostly paused and stopped fishing or boating to participate.

PARTNERS: Video documentary by Sara Pettinella and Art Hirahara: Little Comb Productions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

elenaberrioloposta@gmail.com

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A Book as a Line on the River

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