“Digital Sanctuaries Pittsburgh” launched last week — Aug. 7-9 — on that city’s north side, in a garden-to-garden walk featuring the work of acclaimed musicians and writers, including Dunya Mikhail and Osama Alomar. The virtual performances continue to echo:
The “Digital Sanctuaries” project began as a walking-tour of Manhattan, mostly near the World Trade Center site. The first app launched last November, the brainchild of New York City composers Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez.
The Pittsburgh app and tour are different. Poetry became part of it, selected by Pittsburgh’s “City of Asylum” co-founder Henry Reese.
As you go through this, you’ll hear poetry being read both in its original language and in translation when it’s from another country. You’ll hear Polish, and then the Polish translation — you’ll hear it being read with an accent. … We thought that was important, that you hear the presence of these voices and what they mean, both to what we do [at City of Asylum] and to animating the spaces in the community.
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