72 Hours: Four Corners

03.13.2010 | 19-21 Bullard Street. Dorchester, MA.

Working with local residents we occupied a cluster of vacant housing units on Bullard Street in Four Corners, Dorchester, and transformed them into sites for social and artistic intervention.

Over the course of an evening, three units were occupied and video images evoking the daily lives of area residents were projected through the building's windows.

One unit was opened to the public for a walk-through audio installation in which the day-to-day activities of people affected by foreclosure were heard: sounds of cooking in the kitchen, murmurs of conversation in the living room, and peoples' stories in the bedrooms, relayed through hidden speakers.

The intervention kicked off a larger protest organized by City Life/Vida Urbana and The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition.

Working to make the private, individual, and lived experiences of those affected by foreclosure visible and heard, the intervention serves as a platform from which to engage in discussion about the human costs and effects of the housing crisis. As part of an ongoing series of actions, the event was a first step toward recapturing a group of foreclosed houses in the Four Corners neighborhood.

See the recent New York Times interactive feature for more images and audio from the event and the related print article. For more on 72 Hours, please visit the project page.

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung

Photo courtesy Alan Yeung