Let’s Dance on a Gehry!

October 3, 2008

Because every building is more fun when you dance on it! Sens, a New York-based non-profit experimental arts organization, creates site-specific performance art that aims to “explore human movements in man-made landscapes, creating a performance language that interacts with the environment and the audience. Each creation uses an existing indoors/outdoors public site or piece of urban architecture as the setting and inspiration for the performance.”

Take Rapture for example. Located on (yes, ON) Frank Gehry’s Bard College Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, the performance featured dancers moving across the brushed stainless steel exterior of the building, using innovative rigging systems.

Keep reading for more (insane) photos of the performance.
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Double Down: Two Visions of Vegas

September 11, 2008

Vegas, baby! SFMOMA is preparing a new exhibit when Frida Kahlo leaves at the end of September (seriously, why does that exhibit follow me wherever I go?) and taking its place will be Double Down: Two Visions of Vegas. From September 18, 2008 to January 4, 2009, two recent video works, Olivo Barbieri’s site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 (2005, 13 min.) and Stephen Dean’s No More Bets (2003, 7 min.), will be shown in sequence on facing walls. Barbieri’s photography seriously makes famous landscapes look like toys (those are two of his above), a magical lego-land that’s unsettlingly out of scale.

Keep reading for more on both artist’s and photos of their work

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Dreamland: Architectural Experiments since the 1970s

September 5, 2008

Are you in NYC? Go to MoMA. Right now. It’s Friday, leave work early and go see this exhibit.

“The 1970s saw an explosion of architectural thought and experimentation—with the city, and New York especially, becoming a screen for the projection of architectural fantasies and utopias. The installation includes documentation of the real projects that resulted from these innovative ideas and experiments, including such traditional building types as single-family houses and skyscrapers.”

And then come back and tell me how it was.