Malcom To Adler by Sopra Mare published on 2018-06-26T22:48:10Z Sopra Mare, a secretive house built around a hidden courtyard, but holding its arms open to the lake. What secrets does the house hold? What secret was built into the house? What loves and losses can you hear in the whispered breath of the house? “Most of all I think an empty house has all the romance of a half-understood language. What secrets does the house conceal? What private conversations can it reveal?” Rebecca Holderness The UWM Libraries’ Digital Collections and Special Collections contributed to the creation of pieces of the possible story. The rest arose from contacts and experiences in that immaterial digital space. Playwrights were invited to digitally correspond with one and another as people who did, or might have, lived in this house. They include the architect David Adler and the lady of the house Agnes Smith, alongside other fictional characters. While David and Agnes were real people, the story Holderness and others create for them comes from those digital remnants. Many of the artists working on this project only know each other in digital, imaginative space. Digitized items from the UWM Libraries’ Archives, Special Collections, and American Geographical Society Library (AGSL)—as well as materials housed at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Library—all contributed to the inspiration for the project. As this is a story of travel, Holderness was particularly interested in AGSL’s global photograph collections and in postcards from the Archives’ “Greetings from Milwaukee” digital collection.