Urbanauts. Image by Rebar.
Urbanauts is a speculative exploration of urban infrastructure and its relationship to the everyday experience of the contemporary city. Through a series of interwoven conversations, urban expeditions, design charettes, and conjectural artworks based at the de Young, Sean Orlando and Rebar will consider the ways urban inhabitants related (or don't) to the largely unseen mechanical systems, societal constructs, and cultural imperatives that mediate and structure life in the built environment.
This month, Urbanauts begins with mapping a range of sites, from small- to large-scale, that provide a glimpse into unseen infrastructures, including the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and the broader Bay Area. Over the course of the fellowship, these sites will be explored, examined, documented, and discussed, and they will inform the design of a sculpture series that is based on the aesthetics of urban infrastructure.
Over the course of the next twelve months, the artists will continue exploring, presenting new ideas and works of art at the de Young in June and October 2013, as well as on upcoming dates at sites around the Bay Area to be announced.
Meet the artists on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
plus 6–8:30 pm during Friday Nights at the de Young
Artist Reception: Friday, October 26, 6–8:30 pm