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ICAT Playdate — Monuments Dissected: Engaging Public Art and Contested Spaces

April 22, 2022

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Co-created by Meredith Drum, Annie Stevens, Tanner Upthegrove, John Irrera, and Rachel Rugh with music composed by Grisha Coleman and Marcus Norris, and graduate assistance from Bryce Burrell.

Monuments Dissected is a documentary initiative centered on a growing collection of interviews about the past, present, and future of confederate and colonial monuments in the US. The installation invites close listening to sections of the interviews set to music by Coleman as you imagine and draw new forms of public art. The space will be altered by three performances featuring live music composed for the project by Norris, with percussion and string by Stevens, Irrera, and their students. Rugh and special guests will offer choreographed movement on Saturday night. Upthegrove produced the spatial sound design.

For more information about the project:


  • Meredith Drum, SOVA
  • Tanner Upthegrove, ICAT


  • April 22, 2022


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking, Coffee, Donuts in the Cube
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Cube and 360 Online

Virginia Tech faculty can receive Professional Development Network (PDN) credit for attending

  1. Register at 
  2. Check in with Phyllis Newbill during the event.

Location: The Cube