In week one of the class we got to know each-other, our practice space, the aims of the course, and the first set of methods we will employ to explore the Albany Bulb.Read More Who are we and what are we doing here?
Week 2| This week we spent both sessions at the Albany Bulb exploring through two very different modes. First we got a tour of the Bulb from Susan who explained the history of the place, from landfill, to encampment, to future state park in the context of the current regulatory process. Second we spent the […]Read More Listening to the Site, Listening to Eachother
Week 3 | How to represent a place to ourselves and others? This week we continued our exploration of the section drawing method by sharing student work from last week and combining our layers into a single drawing. Performer and activist Keith Hennessy joined us to set our imaginations on fire with a presentation of […]Read More Finding our Super Powers and putting them to work
Week 4| This week we experienced the Bulb using three different methods. First Ghigo led us in a sample of what public space survey could be using a new set of tools from his work with Gehl. Then, Annie shared archaeological techniques for producing to scale maps of sites as a performance of paying attention […]Read More Observing, Measuring, Envisioning
Week 5| This week we brought the data we collected at five sites and our cumulative experiences at the Bulb so far back to the studio. Our goal this week was to distill what we had learned about these sites into plan maps, sections, and photo collages for presentation. Each group was tasked with converting […]Read More Process, Presentation, Practice
Week 6 | We invited Trena Noval (artist and scholar, California College of the Arts), Carol Mancke (architect and artist, University of San Fransisco), Rene Davids (architect, UC Berkeley), Joe Orrach (dancer and friend of the Bulb) to review representations of five sites of the Bulb. Through plan view and section illustrations of the sites representing […]Read More Site Analysis Presentations
Week 6 | With the deep dive into observation through urban planning, landscape architecture, and archaeological methods behind us, we turned to filling up our performance tool box. Erika lead exercises that included making one minute performances with a focus on composition (screen, frame, respond, oppose), moments (of surprise, about current events, that are irreversible), […]Read More Creating Moments with Tasks and Composition
Week 7 | This week we composed performances using the awareness of composition, moments, tasks and audience interaction in the classroom and on campus. In the classroom we experimented with performances designed by a few students for the whole group, and one-to-one experiences designed by one student for one other student. These exercises developed our […]Read More Performing Inside/Outside
Week 8 | This week was all about creative ways to think together. After experimenting for two weeks with different performance modalities we brought our focus back to the Albany Bulb. Thinking through images that inspire us and moments we want to create we discovered the common themes of Myth, Ritual, and Nature/Human. Building on […]Read More Brainstorm!