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My name is Francesca and I am from New York City. My family was born in Italy, but moved to the United States eighteen years ago when my parents got married, so I consider myself partly Italian. In New York, I am exposed to so many people, ideas, and cultures which inspire me every day. I use this inspiration for my films, which is my main hobby. I also love reading and creating art. Art is my way to free myself. It is my release of feelings, ideas, and emotions. Without art, and without expression, I would feel empty and useless. Art gives me meaning. It can be my escape from the world, and even my escape from myself. Art takes me to a beautiful new world where all is limitless.

I am really inspired by people. Not by remarkable people, but by the mind inside every human and the morals that people have. I like to explore the human mind and expose people for the selfish, complex creatures they really are. One of my absolute favorite artists is Marina Abramović . In her performance Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful (1975), I like how bold and rebellious she was toward the standard of art, and the way she performed the piece made it so much more raw, personal, destructible, and incredible. 

Francesca’s Artwork

According to our plans, the bridge will serve as a place where people can gather and spend time together in little private enclosed areas within the newly-purposed bridge. The interior will consist of a sort-of hedge-maze (not the intent of the space though!), but not so that it is difficult to navigate when inside. The green hedges (possibly specked with colorful flowers, can be decorated to reflect the approaching holidays or events, and so the appearance of the hedges will be constantly changing) will be used to close off certain areas where unique, artisan-crafted benches of different lengths and designs will be placed. I propose that nothing be used to separate the bridge from the outside world (glass will not enclose or protect what is inside the bridge). Heat lamps (powered in some environmentally friendly way, possible by solar panels) will be either placed or hung in each “hedge room,” to create for a comfortable environment.

We propose that the bridge be placed in Central Park. It will be a place for New Yorkers to meet and relax in a cool and unique setting! It would be a new “attraction” that would add, in a positive way, to our city’s culture. I hope that it would inspire busy New Yorkers to stop and take in the smaller, more intimate attractions of the city. I believe it would appeal to a different New Yorker population, one that appreciates the smaller-scale, more hospitable atmosphere rather than the large, big business tradition of the city. I would certainly appreciate it!

All of our bridge ideas incorporate the concept of détournement; the idea of moving the bridge to a new location, in general, is détournement in its own form.  Our plan is to alter the bridge’s structure or the bridge’s purpose, and détournement is about the idea of variation on something. What we are planning on doing, (moving and slightly altering the bridge), is a minor détournement, as we are transporting an ordinary object (although beautiful and historic) and placing it in a new context, where it will have an altered purpose.

Détournement is defined as a variation on a previous media work, and as Sherrie Levine did exactly this and emphasized the importance of repetition. Most of Levine’s artwork consists of ideas from past influential artists, and in some cases, literally photographing another artist’s pictures and hanging them on a wall. Her whole idea was about repurposing and exposing the work of previous artists, but while making it her own. Levine is a détournement artist at the core of it, as her art is, in simplest terms, a mimicry of other art. Her artwork can fall into both the “minor” and “deceptive” categories of détournement.

by Amhara, Francesca, and Lily