Matthew Passmore (of 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, 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 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