[-empyre-] Lynne Sachs - abecedariumnyc.org

Lynne Sachs lynnesachs at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 07:40:23 AEDT 2016

Dear Fellow empyre-ites,

In 2008, I was commissioned by the New York Public Library to create an
interactive blog that would encourage visitors and participants to be
creative in their engagement with the internet.  These were, as you know,
the early days of Web 2.0 and the idea of contributing content freely to a
website was challenging to convey to the public.  Nevertheless, we did
manage to create www.abecedariumnyc.org and hundreds of people have
participated over the past eight years.  Here is a brief description of the

Produced with the support of the New York Public Library*, Abecedarium:NYC
<http://www.abecedariumnyc.org/>* is an interactive online exhibition that
reflects on the history, geography, and culture – both above and below
ground – of New York City through 26 unusual words. Using original video,
animation, photography and sound, *Abecedarium:NYC* constructs visual
relationships between these select words and specific locations in the
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.

I am writing all of you as members of empyre to encourage you to visit our
site which is still alive and well, and also to ask you to register and
contribute.  It would be wonderful to see your images, sounds and text on
our site.  You are also welcome to invite friends and students to get
involved. Although the site grows out of our interest in exploring unusual
sides of NYC, we are eager to expand upon our scope by including
perspectives from around the world.  The interface with other social media
platforms is very easy.

Wishing all of you a wonderful new year and hoping to find out more about
your creative work through empyre and abecedariumnyc.org,

Lynne Sachs

*Lynne Sachs* makes films, performances, installations and web projects
that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and
broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage,
politics and layered sound design. Since 1994, her films have taken her to
Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Germany and NYC’s Chinatown where she tries to
work in the space between a community’s collective memory and her own
subjective perceptions. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic
theory and practice, Lynne searches for a rigorous play between image and
sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and
every new project.  Lynne received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the
Creative Arts. She teaches experimental film to undergraduates at New York
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