Stephen McLeod is working on an ambitious project to play Erik Satie’s composition, “Vexations” on 840 different pianos. It will probably take him many years to complete. In the meantime he is making (silly) experiments using the Vexations score as a starting point — considering the problems of instruction art and the limitations of language in conveying any sort of truth.
UPDATE:The artist will be hosting a second open design charrette on September 8th, from 1pm – 6pm in the Flux gallery. Take a look at the project brief here.
Date: Saturday, August 3rd, 3pm – 6pm
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, NY
Traffic Disruption Village asks us to consider what we would need to survive under the conditions of a mass stalled auto disaster. In 2010, China experienced a 9 day, 100 km long traffic jam that turned the road into “a collection of rooms”: a temporary village born of disaster. Traffic Disruption Village will serve as a drill for New Yorkers to prepare for a similar potential disaster phenomenon before it occurs.
In the event of a sustained jam, drivers and passengers will need to work together to create a vivid and user-friendly web of resources for living in gridlock. This open design charrette invites automobile users to envision what their cars could become in order to sustain livability during the disaster. The charrette will include two hours of drawing/planning in response to a succinct program brief, followed by one hour of presentation. Selected projects will be produced for the staging of Traffic Disruption Village on September 28th, 2013.
Traffic Disruption Village by artist Chloë Bass is a project for the upcoming Flux Factory exhibition, Untitled (As Of Yet), which will open on September 6, 2013. Send questions about the project or the charrette to email@example.com, with the subject line “Traffic Disruption Village.”
This project and the exhibition, Untitled (As of Yet) are supported, in part, by National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.