Hương Ngô is an artist and educator, born in Hong Kong, of Vietnamese and Chinese origin, raised in North Carolina, and based in Paris and New York.
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Or Zubalsky a programmer, artist, musician, and collaborator. He is a lover of sound, listening, collaboration, open source, questions, language, exchange, walking, and low technology. He is also a part of the collectives Fantastic Futures and Trade School, and music projects Juviley and The Youngest.
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Online Collaborative Platform for Civil Disobedience
"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."
On September 16, 2013, the Randolph County Board of Education in Central North Carolina banned Ralph Ellison's book "The Invisible Man" after a student's mother complained about the adult content in the book. One board member supported her complaint, stating that he "didn't find any literary value" in Ellison's account of African-American alienation in the United States in the early 20th century. The ban remained for a mere nine days until it was lifted by the North Carolina School Board under much fire by the public.
Over sixty years after the book's publication date, even after winning the National Book Award for fiction in 1953 and being named by the Library of Congress as one of the "Books That Shaped America," this incident demonstrates the precarity that a work, even one that has been nationally recognized, faces in a cultural climate of a country that has not resolved its history of racial oppression.
In the novel, the main character struggles to do good in the world, but is thwarted by structures instituted to maintain the status quo. He eventually aligns himself with the invisible, those who tip-toe precariously at the periphery of our society. We are asking participants to read out loud and record as much or as little of the book as they want in a show of solidarity with the invisible. Through the voice, may we collectively enact a visibility.