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Tango Dérive, Williamsburg Bridge


Tango Dérive, an action/website, is part of a series of “Tango
Interventions” presenting tango in unlikely contexts to intervene in
the routine of public life and ask questions about identity, place and
cultural practice.

Tango Dérive, Williamsburg Bridge is a dance from the Tenement Museum
on the Lower East Side across the bridge to the Conflux Gallery in
Williamsburg. The dance is a dérive in the tradition of Debord. It is
not walked however, but rather Tangoed by an open group of dancers who
receive the same music wirelessly from a micro-radio broadcast that
will travel with them.

The audio broadcast includes traditional tango remixed with
historical references to the re-migration of immigrants in Manhattan to
Brooklyn after the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903, as well
as the cultural/economic migration to Williamsburg in recent decades.
Tango Dérive is a metaphoric reenactment of these historic migrations.
It is both a sincere and absurdist gesture of De-Colonialization.

Tango was born of Italian, Spanish, African, Cuban, Indigenous,
Creole and other influences in Argentina during the early 20th century.
The dance has continuously re-migrated and been exported back to its
source countries and throughout the world. Tango Dérive is part of a
developing series of Tango Interventions, that use the cultural history
of Tango to ask questions about contemporary globalization. While the
open public actions on the street are primarily festive, the website
directly engages issues, and culturally leverages the social dance,
Tango as an expression of migratory culture.

Tango is considered a conversation between two people. I am
stretching this perception to include a broader social conversation
about issues concerning place, migration, and interpersonal and
intercultural expression.

Event Information

Sunday, September 16, 2007
12:00pm — 2:00pm

Artist: Robert Lawrence
Website: www.tangointervention.org

http://www.confluxfestival.org/conflux2007/tango-derive-williamsburg-bridge/

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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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