Song of Ourselves is a two channel video installation by Doug Hall based on Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. One channel of video shows a diverse group of young people reciting verses from Whitman’s poem. The second channel of black and white video casts a large projection into the corner of the gallery and spilling along the two adjacent walls, that shows processions of people moving along urban sidewalks, and gathering on beaches and in city parks. Hall saw Whitman’s poetry of tolerance and compassion as an antidote to the hateful rhetoric that has polluted our social and political discourses.   < back