Erwin Wurm is one of Austria’s most internationally successful artists and his works are often described as bizarre and question everyday ways of looking at the world. Recent examples have gone on display in Bonn’s Kunstmuseum.
Abundance is a temporary public installation commissioned for the City of San Jose, California by ZER01 – the Art and Technology Network. At night,Abundance transforms the city hall plaza into an interactive social space. A video camera mounted on the City Hall captures the movements of people in the plaza below. A dynamic animation generated in response to this movement is projected onto the 3-story cylindrical rotunda. Utterback’s colorful, fluid and delicate imagery creates a subtle subversion of the bold geometry of architect Richard Meier’s building – warming and humanizing its surface.
In collaboration with the artist, Julie Fiala, I created a project entitled “Lounging on Red Couches: A public dialogue on safety in Hyde Park”.
We made this project in conjunction with Situation Leeds Public Art Festival
On 28th May 2005 Leeds’ Hyde Park was transformed into a public lounge for people to discuss their experience of the Hyde Park area of Leeds and issues of safety. We arranged for thirty second-hand couches to be wrapped in red fabric and then placed into the park for one day only. Volunteers asked people who passed-by to come and talk to the local volunteer facilitators about their experiences.
Over one hundred conversations took place on these couches. Each conversation was recorded and then we edited these into a publication along-side photographs. This publication was then delivered to 15,000 local residents by Young Offenders as part of their reparation.
Whispers of this event are still heard in the Hyde Park area.
TASK is an improvisational event with a simple structure and very few rules. TASK can be a planned, more formal set-up with an application process and a pre-determined number of selected participants (TASK Events); A more open structure without any limitations of size or divisions between viewers and participants (TASK Parties); Or tailored for the use in classrooms (TASK Workshop).