Greetings from Salina, crossroads of the nation
A context-specific participatory artwork.
During the autumn of 2013, Mike Brookes and I spent six weeks as resident artists in Salina Art Center, Kansas, undertaking research and fieldwork within the city. The resulting participatory artwork was a playful exploration of the shifting character of downtown Salina, and an attempt to generate a tangible trace and record of the people we met there.
During four days, 100 residents tried to inset themselves into a series of 20 large scale images we produced from original archived postcards – of the area around the central intersection of Santa Fe and Iron Street, where the city originated, dating between 1900 and 1975 – and helped us generate an accumulating series of new and personal postcards…