Constellations Over Playas


Thursday, April 9, 2015, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 4th floor, Black Box room

A performance lecture by Joseph Moore and Stephanie Vella

In 2013, Moore and Vella visited Playas, New Mexico, a ghost town transformed into a staging ground for law and enforcement and the military to enact dramas from the war on terror. Constellations Over Playas maps both their real road trips through the region, and journeys through the imaginary southwest that they found in stories, myths, and the cinema. Beneath the paved roads that they traveled, they uncovered other buried pathways that led to forgotten stories, ghostly presences, and uncanny similarities. The project uses resemblance as a modality for thinking outside the neoliberal paradigm of constant war and limitless expansion. The town of Playas forms a central node in a series of constellations of visual association assembled as a spell to exorcise the specters of the American West.