Um ... It's about ... um. This is one of those heady projects that is just difficult to explain. Maybe this bit from the press release announcing the show will clear it up: "The beginning of the collaboration was sparked by a chance meeting between Brit Washburn and Tina Christophillis. Both artists were participating in a singer-songwriter event at the Charleston Pour House. Christophillis was able to graphically capture the text, tone, and imagery of the musicians' lyrics and the poets' words in a wholly unmediated and captivating way. Through this meeting a project was initiated with the impulse to explore city life, relationships, and their connection. It wasn't long before filmmaker Justin Nathanson was asked to join the group and an artistic cross-pollination happened, as though one had infiltrated the deep subconsciousness of the other and in so doing transformed the very molecular structure of the other's aesthetics to a startling effect."
Bin there, done that. Nathanson is also the documentary filmmaker behind Bin Yah: There's No Place Like Home. The film, which looked at the lives of Gullah descendents in Mt. Pleasant, received an A- review by a City Paper critic when it was screened at Spoleto in 2008.
Safety in numbers. Although safety is the theme at this show, the collaboration between the three is anything but a safe bet. Exhibitions like this succeed or fail based on how well they hold together. Fingers crossed.