Project — Megawords

Who gets to design, dec­or­ate, and use pub­lic and insti­tu­tion­al spaces? Who has the author­ity to define how and for whom our cit­ies and our cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions func­tion? Mega­words insists that we all do, but that each of us must roll up our sleeves and lit­er­ally make the spaces — both phys­ic­al and ima­gin­at­ive — where we want to work, meet, think and play.”
 — Mega­words

Mega­words is a pro­ject foun­ded by Anthony Smyrski and Dan Murphy and based in Phi­adelphia, PA. They aim ‘to doc­u­ment their sur­round­ings, exper­i­ence, to have a voice free from the noise of com­mer­cial­iz­a­tion and com­pet­ing nov­el­ties, and to cre­ate an open and act­ive dia­logue between Mega­words and the com­munity at large.’ The res­ults mater­i­al­izes in form of an inde­pend­ently, bian­nu­al pub­lished pho­to­graphy magazine and related install­a­tion pro­jects and pub­lic events…

Today, Sat­urday April 7th 2012 one event takes place at Phil­adelphia Museum of Art. Mea­ga­words is host­ing a book and ‘zine exchange party inside the museum and invites you par­ti­cip­ate. Bring a book or a zine that you want to give away and get a book or a zine from someone else in return!

We look at how people live, how they face adversity, how they have fun, how they bend the rules, how they seek free­dom through acts of dis­sent, how they make and think about art and cul­ture, and how they love. We do this without fear of show­ing the unpleas­ant or unusu­al, the imper­fect, incom­plete and imper­man­ent. The ideas and images in the magazine encour­age our audi­ence to make a leap into the dark, to rethink their envir­on­ments, neigh­bor­hoods and life­styles, and to draw their own con­clu­sions from the nar­rat­ive we’ve presen­ted.

We also ques­tion the own­er­ship of cul­tur­al exchange, and expand­ing the space with­in which this exchange can hap­pen.”
— Mega­words

Phil­adelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way
Phil­adelphia, PA 19130

April 7th 2012 from 1 to 3pm