SUPERFRONT’s 2011 Public Summer installation emphasized our commitment to not merely space for artists but to public space as sites of experimentation and encounter. The 2011 events took place at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Industry City is emblematic of the political economy of urban space, that is: mass production. The Design team CO’s project Weightless Pull interrogated the political economy of urban space insofar as a central tenet of the installation is the emphasis on materials that are reusable and inexpensive. Hence, it can be suggested that Weightless Pull is a remark on not simply mass production, but also overproduction. Moreover, allowing the community members a space for expression through public art permits community members a voice. Therefore, Public Summer 2011 is not merely a host of events, but an opportunity to provoke a dialogue that questions the following:
What does industrial space mean for the public? How does Weightless Pull help us to better understand what seems to be a paradoxical relationship between capitalist political economy (particularly, the incessant emphasis on growth) and our present ecological conditions concerning pollution, global warming, peak oil, etc?
Public Summer 2011 is a space for the layperson (the artist, the consumer, the community member) to engage in a discourse about the waning of public space throughout New York City.
The 3,000 sqft space is accessible from 2nd Avenue in Sunset Park, located between formerly industrial buildings at Industry City near 36th street west of the BQE. For 8 weeks from mid July – September, this former loading courtyard is being converted into a festival space designed specifically for the neighborhood’s contemporary performance and arts activity. Located between two warehouse buildings, the festive outdoor space designed by CO will host public art and performance every Sunday from July 23rd through August 28th.
Lenses, Tarp, and Bug City.
Vito Acconci (Acconci Studio), K8 Hardy, Mitchell Joachim (TerraForm), Olympia Kazi (Van Alen), and Ada Tolla (LOT-EK)
August 7 – CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER – Kaloyan Ivanov – POSTPONED
performance “I Will Not Remember You When I Am Dead”
August 14 – Shinkoyo – 1pm-6pm
Shinkoyo presents: SOUNDCORRIDORS – POSTPONED
August 21 – Panoply Performance Laboratory and Gia Wolff – 4pm-9pm
Panoply Performance Laboratory presents PERFORMANCY FORUM XV and
Gia Wolff in collaboration with Ethan Eunson-Conn presents Portaali, a site specific installation
August 28 – Closing event. Shinkoyo presents: SOUNDCORRIDORS. Plus artists Kaloyan Ivanov and Eliza Fernand, guitarist Pete Konikowski – 1pm-6pm
Kaloyan Ivanov performs “I Will Not Remember You When I Am Dead.” Eliza Fernand enacts Quilt Stories, an interactive installation. Pete Konikowski plays acoustic guitar. Shinkoyo presents: SOUNDCORRIDORS. Closing Event!
CO (Christina Ciardullo and Naomi Ocko)
Upon graduating with Masters in Architecture from The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, Christina Ciardullo and Naomi Ocko founded CO, a collaborative research studio to explore their combined interest in fields, networks, systems, circulation, and tension. This experiment is one in a line of attempts to make material the space of these concepts – to produce a system of order and tension in architecture.
They both approach architecture from multidisciplinary backgrounds, both having studied physics and philosophy, and mathematics and art, respectively. Their latest designs have been finalists in TEX FAB’s Repeat Competition in Houston, and Figment’s City of Dreams Pavilion in Governor’s Island.
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
2 Avenue between 36 and 35 streets
Subway: N, D, or R to 36 Street, walk towards the water until you hit 2nd Ave.
SUPERFRONT’s 2011 Public Summer program was enabled by generous donations from Thomas Calamari, Margit Detweiler, Mark Gardner, Rodney Gardner, Brian Towles, and the SUPERFRONT Board of Directors, as well as funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council, materials from Materials for the Arts, and support from Industry City.
10/16/11 – Weightless Pull / CO – Arch Daily
7/25/11 – A ‘Vertical Wind Field’ at Sunset Park’s Industry City – Brownstoner
7/21/11 – CO: weightless pull for SUPERFRONT’s public summer pavilion – Design Boom
7/21/11 – On View: Weightless Pull At SUPERFRONT’s Public Summer – Architect’s Newspaper