#38 provisional, ephemeral
Curator Wayne Baerwaldt shares insights on Nuit Blanche Calgary, an evening festival of performance art staged in the urban core. What’s the role of art outside of a gallery setting? What can a time-based performance offer as a record of history? These questions lead our discussion into not only what’s behind some of the performances, but how participatory the experience might be. See: September 20th 7pm - 1am. Support Nuit Blanche here.
Neil Hrushowy is the Manager of City Design Group in the City of San Francisco’s Planning Department. The group focuses on the public realm and human scale design. Neil shares why they’re calling for ideas to turn Market Street from a major thoroughfare into a street with varying uses. He also explains what’s behind Pavement to Parks, a program that encourages the transformation of underutilized parts of the street into quick and simple pedestrian places. This includes a streamlined permitting process for the implementation of a park let. Submit an idea: Market Street Prototyping (until Oct 10th)
Matthew Passmore is a founder of Rebar, a collective of artists and designers questioning the relationship of human beings and the built environment. How much green remains in public domain was the initial question they asked, leading to a temporary installation of astroturf and chairs to transform a parking lot into a public space. Park(ing) day followed. We also discuss an Urban Prototyping Festival and what to expect from morelab.
images: 1/ Parklet (hosted by Luna Rienne Gallery), artist Ursula Xanthe Young. 2/ My Mother Calls Me A Rabbit_ by Emily Promis, courtesy of Nuit Blanche Calgary. 3/ Parklet (hosted by Revolution Cafe, Escape from New York Pizza, Lolo Restaurant), photo by Rebar.