Because the project is completely dependent on the individual people who encounter and contribute to it, Berger noted that every installation so far has been really different and totally distinct. Some of Berger’s favorite moments include the day same-sex marriage was legalized throughout the country and the project was set up in New York. “The Typewriter Project was installed in Tompkins Square Park, a historic site of political activism and resistance, and there were just so many celebratory remarks that day and beautiful stories and poems of peoples’ love,” she said. “It made me really happy that that moment in time had been documented in that particular way.” The newest installation will be set up in Pensacola at three different public locations during January: The Museum of Commerce; The West Florida Public Library Downtown Branch, and The University of West Florida’s John C. Pace Library.
“Writing on a typewriter helps in causing one to slow down and deeply consider what one is about to type because it feels more permanent. And the clickety-clacking of the keys provides an oddly calming effect.”
Dr. Robin Blyn, a faculty member from the English Department at UWF had read about the Typewriter Project and invited Berger to be an artist-inresidence for a few days in addition to giving a public lecture on the project.
“We figured it would only make sense for the students and faculty at UWF to get to experience the installation,” Berger said. Once the public installation ends, the scrolls will be taken off the typewriter and then shown at the Pensacola Museum of Art in April. Once the exhibit at the PMA ends, the scrolls will then be housed in airtight containers in Berger’s storage unit in Queens. “We’ve had several exhibits that featured them, and we are always open to finding new and interesting ways to display and use them,” Berger said. If you’re out and about in January and see a modest wooden booth with a spool of paper rolling through the open window, take a moment to reflect on your day and add your own voice to the chorus of thoughts within the city.
Installation Locations: Jan. 17, Experience UWF Downtown Museum of Commerce 201 E. Zaragoza St., Pensacola 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 – 26 West Florida Public Library, Pensacola Library 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola Jan. 27 – Feb. 16 University of West Florida, John C. Pace Library 11,000 University Pkwy., Bldg. 32, Pensacola
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