Thursday, August 25, 2005


No getting over the underground

Our Aug. 25 show features a conversation with urban archeologist Julia Solis, who is also a writer and photographer. She explores and documents New York City’s enormous subterranean labyrinth, as well as abandoned psychiatric hospitals and other decaying institutional structures across the country. Ms. Solis has published two books related to these explorations, and has helped found the artist collectives Dark Passage and Ars Subterranea, Inc.

Dark Passage is a magnificent Web site showcasing the urban ruins of New York City and elsewhere. An abandoned hospital, a deserted jail, a hollow subway tubes ... all are subjected to Soils's "exercises in forensic archaeology." Smithsonian magazine recently published a profile of Solis.

"These places contain the residue of the many souls that have passed through over the years," she says. "The less a place has been explored, the better, because the air hasn't been diluted and the soul marks are fresh."

Join the conversation on the network version of the show, 9 p.m. EST. Check the station list below for live and re-broadcast venues. The Dressing Room Hour begins at 8 p.m. with news, music, commentary and conversation.

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