Every Crack is a Symbol (Charlotte St. Project)

2015

Every Crack is a Symbol (Charlotte Street Project) is a short film that takes a starting point in two events and two kinds of representation of a South Bronx neighborhood in 1980. The horror film Wolfen about killer wolves living in the urban ruins of the South Bronx and a video taped protest camp and People’s Convention that attempted to bring together a large coalition of different left social movements and community activists. The horror film was shot in the exact location where 6 months later the protest camp commenced. Both use the urban decay of post crisis south Bronx as backdrop and symbol in order to generate images, one of demands and radical politics, the other of killer ghost wolves in the ruins of the urban crisis. The horror story of wolves is brought in to relation with struggles around and against real estate, finance and neo-liberal policies in the early 1980s. The film was made during the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York 2015.

2 min extract from 30 min

Installation view, Whitney Independent Study Program Exhibition, New York
2015