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"The Pull of Horses" on Public Engagement

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Location
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
Date
Jul 14, 2023   4:00 pm  
Speaker
KIM MARRA
Contact
Heidy Barcus
E-Mail
cas@cas.illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Center for Advanced Study

This presentation offers an example of a recent digital humanities project that used performance studies approaches to bring scholarly research on human-equine interdependence in urban history to a general public audience. An original, full-length documentary film, The Pull of Horses in Urban American Performance, 1860-1920, played at life-sized scale at the center of a library gallery exhibit of archival documents and material artifacts, The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities. Including film clips, exhibit photos, a model horse, and documentation of audience response, the presentation shows how performative multi-media public engagements with the archive can illuminate key dynamics of the high-density co-existence that shaped the bodies and identities of both species with enduring impact down to the present day. 

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