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Sabine Gruffat: The Candidates

When: Fri., Nov. 4 2016

ART FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

SABINE GRUFFAT: THE CANDIDATES

Did you know that for the last several weeks, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been engaging in heated pop-up debates at various busy intersections around the Triangle? It's true—or, at least, virtually true. The Candidates is a public art project by Sabine Gruffat, who is an associate professor of digital art at UNC-Chapel Hill. Gruffat created mobile Clinton and Trump avatars to which passersby—or people anywhere in the country—can text a message (919-745-8547), which is then recited by the virtual candidates, complete with facial expressions and computer voices. The result is a kind of digital agora, a democratic marketplace of ideas in which users can debate through the mouths of two of the most polarizing figures of our times. You can follow the project via the crowdsourced Twitter account @VirtualHillary, but this Raleigh First Friday pop-up is your last chance before Election Day to hear Trump saying, for once, exactly what you want him to say.

—Brian Howe

CORNER OF MARTIN AND DAWSON STREETS, RALEIGH

5:30–6:30 p.m., free, www.sabinegruffat.com

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