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BOB The Pavilion Hosts PERFORMANCY FORUM XIV (NYC) July 13, 2011

BOB, an inflatable cloud above a public bathroom and forum, is the result of a pedagogical experiment involving graduate art and architecture students at Columbia University. Supported by the Bridge Grant for the Art and Architecture, Professors Galia Solomonoff (GSAPP), Nathan Carter (GSAPP), and Liam Gillick (SoA) advised and provoked a joint team from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the School of the Arts.

The pavilion will be open from June 1st to July 25th, and features a public restroom installation, a projection screen, twelve student-designed seats and a bar beneath an inflatable canopy. The public restroom, which includes a composting toilet, is enclosed by a screen for the projection of ideas. Reconsidering the idea of graffiti and public anonymity, images and shadows are cast upon a translucent scrim. Privacy is preserved, but information is not restricted by solid walls. The pneumatic roof, conceptually re-pressurized via the toilet’s exhaust, suggests the bathroom’s sphere of influence. The inclusion of a composting restroom facility is integral to the concept of the installation, and emerged from the studio mantra that “a society that does not provide public restrooms does not deserve public art.” The bathroom intentionally forces a correlation between public space and a societal responsibility to provide and ensure basic necessities.

Wednesday, July 13, 7-10:30PM

TESS DWORMAN
ANYA LIFTIG
BEN SPATZ/MAXIMILIAN BALDUZZI/URBAN RESEARCH THEATER
MATTHEW STEPHEN SMITH
CHRISTY WALSH
PAUL PINTO AND JEFFREY YOUNG (OF THINGNY)
and PPL composer BRIAN MCCORKLE and members of the CAST performing an excerpt from ‘INSTITUTE_INSTITUT’ concert-style

 

 

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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