Artist Projects


James Scruggs

The tension between black and white men that continues from slavery to the present day is palpable and complex. Documentary news video of racially charged events appear totally different depending upon the viewers’ race. Employing immersive media, performance and music, 3/Fifths explores the residual effects of the discriminatory "Three Fifths Compromise" of 1787 to track racial tensions today. For the duration of the 3/Fifths experience, audience members will be able to "switch" races and will be treated as such throughout the performance. By producing tableaux and scenes that racially polarize, different races will experience the same exact event in diametrically opposed ways.