"Negative Liberty, Positive Liberty, a World Premiere brought to you by The Invisible Dog
The Invisible Dog
The Board of Directors,
and the american vicarious
are thrilled to invite you to a new performance
Negative Liberty / Positive Liberty
Thursday March 18
until April 18
Following-up on our most recent collaboration, Static Apnea 2020, the american vicarious and The Invisible Dog Art Center proudly present the world premiere of Negative Liberty / Positive Liberty, a socially distanced performance installation exploring Isaiah Berlin’s historic 1958 lecture: “Two Concepts of Liberty: Negative & Positive.”
Negative Liberty / Positive Liberty is an artistic distillation of Berlin’s lecture, in which he points out that when concepts of liberty are used rhetorically to control and repress individuals in the name of liberty itself, it will eventually, and inevitably, lead to violent conflict.
In addition to Berlin’s lecture, Negative Liberty / Positive Liberty is informed in part by Anthony Barboza’s 1966 photograph, Pensacola, FL. In the photograph is an image of a broken neon sign which once read “LIBERTY”. The E is clearly broken and the R is hanging at an angle. But what if the sign isn’t broken, what if it was never completed?
The Negative Liberty / Positive Liberty experience is one person at a time, and lasts approximately 8 minutes. Masks required, social distancing and all NYC guidelines in effect.
18 performances per day. Free admission. Donations are welcome
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