Floating World: A Camping Ground/Tent City for Displaced Human and Bird Song

Robin Lasser and Marguerite Perret

Partners: Bruce Scherting, James Stone, Keay Edwards, Anthony Teixeira, + Sasha Rieker

Twenty-four miniature disaster relief tents will be cantilevered off the railing gracing a bridge that crosses over the Guadalupe River at San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose. The tents are built on stilts; the architecture is designed to protect occupants from the possibility of floods. The tent designs are fashioned after FEMA relief shelters, and are scaled for birds. Each tent interior contains a speaker or microphone and lantern. The tents are a conflation of human and bird design elements. They provide sanctuary or shelter for bird and human song, water compositions, and interviews with scientists who speak about the Guadalupe Watershed, birds, flooding, and the relationship of floods to climate change. The temporary public art project will be installed June-October, 2010.

River Walk and Art Talk
Thursday, September 16, first tour at 2-3pm and second tour at 3-4pm
Saturday, September 18, 3-4pm

Tour consists of artists talk on site, inspiration and concepts behind the
Floating World sound and light installation will be discussed. Post talk (15 minutes) we will take a river walk, with education specialist Sandy Derby and LInda McCabe, who will speak about the history and health of the Guadalupe River. A sound artist / opera singer, Laurie Amat, will swell, like a flood, responding to the site, information, and participants, as we walk the banks of the river.

The project is commissioned by the City of San Jose Public Art Program in collaboration with ZER01 and the 01SJ Biennial.

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