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 Matthew Passmore (Rebar) 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.
Sean Orlando is a multi-disciplinary installation artist, museum professional, and community organizer with an interest in collaborative and immersionary large-scale sculptural installation projects. Orlando is the co-founder of the Five Ton Crane Arts Group, principle artist at Engineered Artworks, and production coordinator at the Exploratorium.
His most recent collaborative group projects include the Steampunk Tree House, Raygun Gothic Rocketship and The Nautilus submarine art car. Orlando has exhibited at and collaborated with many arts organizations and venues throughout California including the Crucible, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Maker Faire, Landor and Associates, the American Welding Society, the Port of San Francsico, Coachella, Dorkbots, Burning Man, the Worth Ryder Gallery, and Warehouse 416.
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 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.