Alluvium is a new project of A House Unbuilt, derived from the archive of AHU’s social choreography project Relay of Voices. Through re-engagement and reperformance, Alluvium works to filter out the most rich and fertile elements of an overflowing repository of information that was gathered along the Mississippi River.

Created during a time of isolation and unrest during the pandemic of 2020, this “theatre” of performances for camera was staged “live” over a series of Zoom events before being archived. Each episode featured Voices that were prepared within the span of a week and produced in the House Unbuilt home studio in Stillwater, Minnesota.

The Voices, while raw and somewhat unrehearsed, are mirroring the very sincere presence shared through one-minute samples of otherwise hours of footage with a single person—a glimpse, but an opening nevertheless.

Mel Losh, bead- and quillwork artist of the Ojibwe people located in Bena, Minnesota. Voice originally heard on the afternoon of July 13, 2019.

Liz Burns, Cuyuna-area mountain bike enthusiast and committed snow shoer. Voice originally heard on the afternoon of July 21, 2019 at the Milford Mine Lake Memorial in Crosby, MN.

Keith Butler, Itasca-area “wagon master” and historian. Voice originally heard on the afternoon of July 9, 2019 at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Grounds and Sawmill Museum in Shelvin, MN.

Lee Salisbury, Chicago ad-man returned home to Alma, Wisconsin taking up woodworking and furniture-making in this quaint river town. Voice originally heard on the afternoon of August 3, 2019 at the Burlington Hotel and Quilt Shop in Alma, WI.


July 9 – November 5, 2020


A House Unbuilt Studio, Stillwater, MN / Zoom

Lead Artist

Victoria Bradford Styrbicki

Photo / Video

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