“Spontaneous Interventions“, the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, has made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Cultural Center where it is currently representing a spirited movement for improving cities through DIY innovation and playful direct action. The original exhibition received over 178,000 visitors in Venice, and earned a Special Mention from the Golden Lion jury, the first time the United States has been honored in the history of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Now the spirit of direct action to improve cities embodies by New Public Sites and other project carries on in Chicago. Learn more about Spontaneous Interventions and New Public Sites at www.spontaneousinterventions.org and newpublicsites.org. Click here for Opening Week Programs.
“Spontaneous Interventions“, the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, represents a spirited movement for improving cities through DIY innovation and playful direct action. Walking through Venice’s tree-shaded Giardini during the preview of the Venice Architecture Biennale, the first thing I saw as I approached the American pavilion was a huge projection of my face framed by the Palladian building’s central entry way. I couldn’t help but laugh – how did my work as a radically pedestrian, New Public Sites tour guide end up here, in Venice, as one of many incredible projects representing of the United States? The dérive will always take us to unexpected places…
Artist Graham Coreil-Allen celebrates the inclusion of his New Public Sites interventionist walking tours project in the Venice Architecture Biennale with the rollout of a new platform for online participation: newpublicsites.org.
New Public Sites in Spontaneous Interventions
U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale
August 29 – November 25, 2012
New Public Sites’ new online platform: newpublicsites.org
[Baltimore, MD – June 2012] — Situated within disparate zones of overlap, contradiction, ambiguity and interstice, the ongoing New Public Sites project consists of playful walking tours, radical maps and poetic typology that investigate the ways in which invisible sites and overlooked features exist within our everyday environment. The New Public Sites walking tours will be included in Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Organized by commissioner and curator Cathy Lang Ho of the Institute for Urban Design, with Ned Cramer and David van der Leer, the exhibition features an array of direct action strategies for improving the urban public realm, represented through a system of interactive hanging banners and pedestrian installations. More details to follow on New Public Sites walking tours in Venice later this summer.
From Venice to virtual, New Public Sites is expanding radical pedestrian discourse both internationally and online. Created in collaboration with artist, curator and designer Tobey Albright, newpublicsites.org is the living collection of recent and on-going New Public Sites investigations into our everyday public spaces. The online typology organizes these liminal public spaces into a system of sites, components, qualities and concepts, indexed and described through maps, terms, definitions, images and videos. The scalable website can be viewed both on computers and smart devices. New Public Sites walking tour participants and the public at large are invited to explore the collection, comment on types and upload their own sites and definitions to the growing interactive map.