Blind Alley projects
IDES OF MARCH
March 13 — 28, 2021
Location: 3317 West 4th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
IDES OF MARCH
March 13 – 28, 2021
Ides of March is a collection, a gathering and possibly a conversation of a year bracketed by March 2020 and March 2021. With this project, Blind Alley acknowledges a year of contemplation and experience that most of us could not have imagined at its onset.
Interested in the lineage of Shakespeare’s famous line “beware the ides of March” by a soothsayer in Julius Caesar and noting the translation of the Latin Ides as divide, a marker of sorts in the early Roman lunar calendar, we propose an opportunity to consider our own time in relation to the implications and history of “the ides of March.” A day of ritual and sacrifice, a day to settle debts, a day that turned the trajectory of a world empire and resulted in civil war—an ancient day of reckoning in relation to a year that belongs to this moment, a year that we are only beginning to process as we imagine what history will do with it.
Those interested in our thoughts on the Ides of March and inclined to participate in this endeavor are welcome to watch for daily prompts @blindalleyprojects on Instagram or in their email queue if they are on our mailing list, and then respond accordingly with a photograph, a drawing and/or a text sent to @blindalleyproject’s DM on Instagram or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “Ides of March” as the subject. If participants are in the area, they are welcome to make arrangements with us to drop off contributions including objects, books, etc. and to reclaim them in the end. As we collect responses we will gather and display them in the gallery for visitors to experience a growing accumulation from the 13th of March to the 28th, the month’s new moon to its full moon, from empty to full.
In addition, we will do our best to document daily responses on the gallery’s website www.blindalleyprojects.com at the end of each day, as an archive and for anyone interested in following the progress of IDES OF MARCH from afar.