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Monday, April 19, 2010

John Q's Memory Flash revisited

Artist collective John Q made their debut a couple a weeks ago with their public installation and performance piece Memory Flash. The event, which explored Atlanta's queer legacies through the lens of oral history and film, was designed to last only one fleeting evening, but this short documentary from the G channel has captured some of the substance of the progressive installation. (You might want to check out the G channel's other videos, as well, which include a couple clips of Lauri Stalling's work with gloATL.)

Accurately capturing such a geographically large and physically immersive event as Memory Flash is close to impossible. The power of each installation, especially listening to Freddie Styles speak in the Old Fourth Ward, derived largely from the feeling that one was listening to a story on the same geographic space as the events of the story. For fleeting moments throughout the evening, those conjured histories collided with the physical present to create what one might call a "memory flash."

Creative Loafing was on hand to snap a few photos of the event. Check them out after the jump.

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A crowd gathered on Wabash Ave. while the members of John Q introduced the event.

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Freddie Styles' story of the Jolly Twelve marching in uniform was revisited and referenced like a visual theme throughout the installations.

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Eyedrum executive director Priscilla Smith was one of a few actors reading oral histories in Piedmont Park.

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Andy Ditzler performed the role of projectionist at MIXX.

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