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"Negative Liberty, Positive Liberty, a World Premiere brought to you by The Invisible Dog

"Negative Liberty, Positive Liberty, a World Premiere brought to you by The Invisible Dog


The Invisible Dog


The Invisible Dog | 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 1:00pm daily through April 18, 2021



The Invisible Dog

The Board of Directors, 

Lucien Zayan,
and the american vicarious 

are thrilled to invite you to a new performance 

Negative Liberty / Positive Liberty 
World Premiere 
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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