ASH ELIZA SMITH



YOU MUST GO HOME AGAIN (2018) is a live art game that incorporates chance, play and error as part of the experimentation—and fun—to be had. This interactive game activates multiple locations—and invites you to participate in an experience, a place and a performing archive of Black Mountain College, North Carolina

The name draws from the undoing of Thomas Wolfe’s posthumous novel, You Can't Go Home Again and deals with facts, romantic falsities, and perspectival narrowing of Southern-ness through representation and stories. It also deals with the notion of unheimlich (uncanny) which translates literally to unhomelike. It asks: unhomelike for whom, or for what? Home permeates thoughts of nature, the environment, and ecology in a way that de-centers the human and connects with the original Black Mountain college as a site in the Appalachian Mountains, a place dedicated to the same topographical upheavals produced by the regions tectonic unrest.

The Black Mountain left behind a home to relocate to a new home in Western North Carolina and Wolfe’s book explores his disillusionment with Germany during the rise of Nazism. In both cases the notion of -going home again- has multiple meanings; home can be relocated.

This game is not necessarily about winning or losing but is a way to experience a place and an archive.

Black Mountain Archive

Black Mountain Archive

Black Mountain Archive

Black Mountain Archive

Black Mountain Archive