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Street-Level Video

Block Party

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, founder of Street-Level Video (S-L.V.), organized what was a spectacular collaboration, a one-day, video-installation block party called Tele-Vecindario: A Street-Level Video Project, sponsored by Sculpture Chicago. With a complicated coalition, whose very name—Video Neighbors’ Network—emphasizes its delicate, perhaps temporary nature, Manglano-Ovalle brought together more than fifty teenagers who live in Chicago’s largely Latino West Town neighborhood (where the artist has lived for the past two years) to learn video techniques with which to map their community and represent their culture.

Though this genre of community collaboration might seem to recast artists as facilitators and art-making as cultural therapy, this project was more than therapeutic. The artists stretched their own social and esthetic conditions of possibility with their deft orchestration and

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