Category Archives: What is imPERFECT CITY?

Updated Project Checklist

As the soft opening of imPERFECT CITY approaches, the curatorial team has worked hard to assemble a listing of projects. The following is a checklist that all citizens will be given when they enter the galleries, along with a map to take notes on:

1. disOrientation Desk 

Visitors will be greeted by DCCA staff members who will welcome and provide them with information on all of the sites to visit and activities to engage in while touring imPERFECT City.

2. YOU ARE HERE: imPERFECT City Orientation Map 

This Orientation Map serves as a welcoming center and brainstorming area for visitors to imagine what imPERFECT City could look like in its visual layout.


Utopian scholars Annette Giesecke and Donald Dunham appropriate a museum wall for signage reading UTOPIA ABOVE THE LAW to define the utopian space’s boundary.

4.  Peoples Park Design Workspace 

Help design Peoples Park, an effort to create a new public space in downtown Wilmington from the everyday insights and ideas of Wilmington residents. Design workshops will take place Tuesdays and Saturdays in February in Bieber Ham.

5. Museum of the Hand 

This interactive installation invites people to sit at a desk, type their name on a computer keyboard and enjoy the spectacle of a computer-controlled writing machine as it translates the typed text in cursive.

6. Civic Seats 

Loosely based upon Shaker principles of utopian design, Civic Seats, allow visitors to engage in spontaneous conversation and debate for the duration of imPERFECT City.

7. DCCA Athletic Club 

Featuring a makeshift gym, the Club invites visitors to get fit in the galleries.

8. Radical Reading Room 

Featuring ambient lighting, comfortable seating and an experimental coffee table, the Radical Reading Room is strategically located next to the Athletic Club and is designed for mental exercise.



In this video, DCCA Curator Maiza Hixson introduces the concept of imPERFECT CITY:


Introduction to IMPERFECT CITY

Under the theme of Radical Participation, multiple living exhibitions in 2013-14 will hinge upon visitor interactivity and institutional transparency, and broaden our scope with projects that call attention to the act of curating itself as an aesthetic medium and form of social practice.

Entertaining principles of engagement with such exhibitions as imPERFECT CITY: A Real-Time Exhibition; LITTLE WHITE CUBES; DRIFT: DCCA’s Moving Museum; and CUREAT (Curate + Create), the DCCA will draw upon the visitor as artist to complete exhibitions. Supported by significant publications, discussions and related activities, this programming will push the boundaries of the DCCA beyond the local definition of contemporary art while engaging new audiences and supporting new artists.

imPERFECT CITY: A Real-Time Exhibition is a conversation-based exhibition that will evolve into a bustling, museum-scale town within the DCCA.

The show “opens” during the planning phase to reveal the DCCA’s curatorial offices, which DCCA visitors can visit while participating in the curatorial conceptualization and implementation of this exhibition. A videographer-in-residence will document the daily conversations taking place within the galleries and develop a virtual audience for the show through social media channels. Artists with backgrounds in philosophy, curating, architecture, sculpture, and new media will work in tandem with the DCCA’s preparator and installation crew to help build an ersatz city featuring walk-in living, working, and recreational spaces. Guest critics and lecturers will be invited to create programming for and provide commentary on imPERFECT CITY, which, as an exhibition, functions as an experiment in curating diverse cultural practices. The DCCA will host a plethora of weekly events including music, performance, and symposia featuring artists, curators, activists, city officials, and others.

The exhibition endeavors to create the conditions for audience engagement while acknowledging the limits of its seemingly utopian goal to achieve full visitor participation.

The visitor is invited to become a citizen of imPERFECT CITY by attending the show, interfacing with the people involved, and helping to decide the nature and future of this community.