Inspired by last year's TypeFace project, Present Music went back into the same four neighborhoods and, working with schools, organizations and a senior center in the communities, developed new works based on their words and experiences. The results comprise an integral facet of Present Music's season finale, "Home Place," a musical and visual examination of what words and concepts like "home" and "shelter" mean on several levels.
Reginald Baylor has a problem with reading. "I do not see pictures when I read words," the Milwaukee-based artist said. "I can't get the environment processed in my mind. Those letters don't translate into an environment." Interestingly enough, that's exactly what TypeFace, Baylor's latest art project, aims to do: translate and transform words into something that visually reflects an environment, or, in the case of this project, a community.