This chapter offers a reimagining of Victor Burgin's projection piece Prairie and its political aesthetic. Using the specificity of Chicago as site and staging ground, the chapter deploys Roland Barthes' conceit of the ship Argo, 'each piece of which the Argonauts gradually replaced, so that they ended with an entirely new ship, without having to alter either its name or its form.' Using this critical tool in which 'the system prevails over the very being of objects' to build its own version of the projection, the chapter explores explicitly many of the themes and issues in Burgin's piece: issues of urban destruction, race relations, spatial justice and deep time. The chapter begins with Prairie and, 'by dint of combinations made within one and the same name' comes to find that, like the argo, 'nothing is left of the origin', but instead is understood as a site of both disappearance and of writing.
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