Second Steel is part of UNLISTED, a site-specific performance series that moves from city to city. For more on the UNLISTED project as a whole, visit the project homepage.
: SECOND STEEL LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA, USA
: TIMELINE September 2013
: LOCAL FOCUS Pittsburgh’s relationship with unused space is very different from Belgrade’s. Nationally, Pittsburgh strives to project an image of a city that went through harsh post-industrial decline in the 1980s and came out the other end “revitalized”: a cleaner, greener hub for medicine, robotics, and urban greening. Unlike in Belgrade—where empty yards, squares, and buildings are unavoidable—Pittsburgh’s unused space exists in pockets that the “revitalization” narrative can easily sidestep. Yet there are pockets that don’t fit that picture.
In Pittsburgh, we will work with local artists and scholars to look at “revitalization,” both as a term and urban phenomenon, and its relationship to issues of public space. Through community partnerships and forums, panels, and collaborative performance-making, we will engage in a two-way dialogue with people who live in the greater Pittsburgh area, asking questions like: What does “revitalization” mean? How do we know when an area or city has been “revitalized”? What role can the arts and cross-sector partnerships play in this exploration?
: PRODUCED BY YINZERSPIELEN
Community Outreach :: Patrick Berger
Curatorial Coordinator/Archivist :: Christina Kruise
Artist Coordinator :: Cory Tamler
: FISCAL SPONSOR NEW SUN RISING