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TPC Special Feature

Packing and Cracking


Tuesday October 27 at 8 pm, TPC is airing a rebroadcast of The UNC Process Series PRESENTS: Packing and Cracking, an event originally taking place on October 23 and 24. The Process Series continues its 13th season, with a virtual event about gerrymandering: the pervasive practice of politicians choosing their voters rather than the other way around. Packing and Cracking provides a national overview of this practice, but focuses on redistricting and gerrymandering in North Carolina, historically one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.

Packing and Cracking is an interactive event using audience-participatory drawing and map-drawing games, critical cartography, historical accounts of the first gerrymanders, and interviews with people dealing with gerrymandering today. This performance exposes how easy and disenfranchising gerrymandering can be and ask what, if anything, we should do about it.

Created by Joseph Amodei (UNC ’13) and Rachel Gita Karp, Packing and Cracking focuses on one state’s gerrymandering story at a time. According to Amodei, Our current focus is North Carolina, whose maps have been so racially and partisanly manipulated in recent years that (based on research done by UNC’s Andrew Reynolds) it has led to the state no longer being classified as a democracy.

Co-creator Rachel Gita Karp states that she is, thrilled to bring Packing and Cracking to the Process Series this October. The politicians elected in November will be the ones who draw political districts for all of North Carolina next year—and those lines could be in place, affecting all elections, for the next decade. It’s a crucial time to think about gerrymandering and the way we want to be represented.

This live stream is part of the UNC Process Series and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History.