Matthew Passmore (of Rebar)

Additional Information

To learn more about this project, explore the Urbanauts website. http://urbanautsf.com/

Questions? Email amartin@famsf.org or call 415.750.3531.

The Project

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, Orlando will collaborate with Sean Orlando to examine and explore the ways in which urban inhabitants relate (or don’t relate) to the largely unseen mechanical systems, societal constructs, and cultural imperatives that mediate and structure life in the built environment.

Rebar

Rebar is an interdisciplinary studio operating at the intersection of art, design, and ecology. Founded in 2004 and based in San Francisco, Rebar creates artwork, design objects, and participatory explorations that invite people to re-imagine the built environment and our place in it. Though perhaps best known as the inventors of PARK(ing) Day (an annual global event where artists temporarily transform metered parking spaces into people places) Rebar explores the social and political dynamics of public space through other innovative collaborations, including Bubbleware, the Panhandle Bandshell and Streetlife. Rebar exhibits at venues around the globe, such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Sydney Art and About, the Venice Architecture Biennale, ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam, SmartCity Paris and the Benaki Museum in Athens. Rebar is directed by Matthew Passmore, John Bela and Blaine Merker.

The Collaborating Partners

The mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) is to support and promote community, interactive art, and civic participation. Through their three major programs, Grants to Artists and Civic Arts, BRAF works with communities in the Bay Area and around the world to collaboratively produce innovative, relevant, and pioneering works of public art that build community and empower individuals. Founded by several of the original producers who founded and continue to produce Burning Man, an annual arts festival in the Nevada desert, to date, BRAF has supported over 90 projects worldwide. The art experienced at Burning Man invites individuals to interact with both the work itself and with their community at large, inspiring civic participation and engendering meaningful connections between individuals. BRAF was established to bring this modality of creating and coexisting with art to the rest of the world.

Photos of the artists on Flickr

Flickr photos from the album Urbanauts by FAMSF

The view into a man hole cover

Photo provided courtesy of the artists. Photo provided courtesy of the artists. An underground tunnel in the East Bay.

Photo provided courtesy of the artists. On the corner of Market and Main St in San Francisco

Photo provided courtesy of the artists. Photo provided courtesy of the artists. The view through the crack in the door of an abandon military bunker.

Photo provided courtesy of the artists. Sean Orlando

Urban Exploration: A Contemporary Introduction
de Young Artist Fellows Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore (Rebar) with Phil P. Phil
Moderated by Annetta Black, Atlas Obscura
Introduction by Tomas Medal, Black Rock Arts Foundation
January 19, 2013, 2 pm
Koret Auditorium, de Young

Photo by Asta Karalis

This event was part of Urbanauts, Sean Orlando and Rebar’s ongoing de Young Fellowship project, which maps, examines, and documents unseen urban infrastructure to inform a series of conceptualized and fabricated objects based on the aesthetics and function of these hidden systems.de Young Artist Fellow Sean Orlando and the Five Ton Crane team spent the weekend at Maker's Faire aboard the Nautilus Submarine Art Car, built in 2011. 

Photo by Gregory Hayes of Make MagazineFor more information: www.deyoungmuseum.org/artistfellowsFor more information: www.deyoungmuseum.org/artistfellowsSean Orlando builds the Systemic sculpture in the Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio.

For more information: www.deyoungmuseum.org/artistfellowsMuseum visitors create their own sculptural works inspired by the infrastructure they've seen inside the Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Black Rock Arts Foundation are the co-presenters of Urbanauts by de Young Artist Fellows Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore. 

Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.

Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times. In contemporary society we rely on these expansive engineered networks of steel, brass, cast iron, and PVC in fundamental ways that we sometimes take for granted. The careful observer detects evidence of these complex systems just below and beyond perception, seeing the 'tip of the iceberg' of the massive network of infrastructure that is, for most people, out of sight and out of mind.

During the month of June 2013, Urbanauts (Sean Orlando and Matthew Passmore) created Systemic, an installation in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery that multiplied, morphed, expanded, and evolved over time. Systemic comprised a complex, entangled network of pipes and valves that transformed the gallery from wall to ceiling, challenging visitors to reflect on the space they inhabit and inviting them to rethink their relationship to the unseen infrastructure that supports city life.

For more information, visit deyoung.famsf.org/education/artist-fellows. 

Photo by Adrian Arias.
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