There are as many ways to view Buffalo as the city contains residents, and at Hallwalls, there seems to be at least as many modes of artistic expression.Tonight, Hallwalls media artist in residence Mark Street will perform with Buffalo's Real Dream Cabaret and members of the Open Music Ensemble in "Inside and Out: Infected Districts and Memory Lanes." The piece is a broadly defined meditation on climate change that incorporates Street's work with video, archival footage of the Blizzard of '77, man-on-the-street interviews, frenetic performance art and what Hallwalls visual curator Carolyn Tennant described as "madcap anachronistic vignettes" and "imagery and imaginings [that] mingle and meet to dissect the vagaries of history."
Street, whose work on film has ranged from experimental painting on found 16mm footage to traditional narrative documentaries, is based in Brooklyn. In his research for this performance, Street came across a quote from an article in the Buffalo Republic in 1847 titled "Of the 'Infected District,' " which lambastes the city's First Ward residents for their bad behavior.
Those residents, the article stated, are "rioting by day and reveling by night with perfect impunity in every species of offense, originating crimes of the worst and deepest dye."It is Street's charge, now a full 150 years later, to answer that charge. The performance starts at 8 tonight in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. Call 854-1694 or visit www.hallwalls.com for ticket information.
-- Colin Dabkowski