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For about a year I have based my practice in Humboldt Park, investigating participatory mapping, accidental public interaction, and methodologies of community development. Kiosk interrogates these themes through a mobile stoop containing a projected software program.

In the fall of 2008, 35 video interviews were filmed by Travis Clark and me in the 16-block neighborhood bordered by Humboldt Boulevard, Kedzie, North, and Bloomingdale Avenues. Subjects shared their ideas about the area’s assets, reputation, culture, and challenges. We invited residents to host a film screening in their home. One meeting spawned a discussion addressing the imminent cultural changes and how one might counter the gentrification through simple activities as community gardening and painting the viaduct.

Furthermore, I collected and categorized the filmed-interviews in a self-designed software program. Here an audience may view any of the 122 video clips, find skills of their neighbors, submit comments, and post things they’d like to offer. Additionally participants may add to the existing video databank by filming themselves with the web cam attached to the kiosk.

Kiosk, shown at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA exhibition, serves as a proposal for an extended installation at the sidewalk of the “Corner Store” at Wabansia Ave and Whipple St (within the video-interviewed area).