ARTSpeak: SEAT, a Second Year for Flux Projects in Freedom Park

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Concept image courtesy Flux Projects.

Kelly Taylor Mitchell: Kin, Spirit, Seed on view at Westobou Gallery, Augusta

Radio Version: Click the player above to listen to the broadcast recorded for AM1690 (five minutes), or click here to download the MP3.

Bonus! Click the player above for the web-only “director’s cut” (12.5 minutes) including Brian Brush’s thoughts on hacker culture, using Twitter as a companion to physical public works, and environmental design, or click here to download the MP3.

Episode 52: Our editor meets Brian Brush in the recording studio this week to discuss SEAT, a public sculpture composed of 300 chairs in Freedom Park presented by Flux Projects. Designers Brian Brush and Yong Ju Lee are the New York-based collaborative behind last year’s Dynamic Performance of Nature at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City. Following in the footsteps of last year’s freedom park project by Charlie Brouwer (click here for BURNAWAY’s review), SEAT is a grid-based structure consisting entirely of IKEA chairs repurposed into a sin-wave arc. (During our interview, Brush mentions the inspiration of IKEA Hackers, a website celebrating physical cut-and-paste “remixes” of items from the ubiquitous furniture outlet.) The project is scheduled for completion this week (the week of June 11, 2012) and will remain on view throughout the summer with a tentative dismantling slated for September.

Disclosure: Louis Corrigan, the founder of Flux Projects, is also the founder of Possible Futures, a foundation that has provided grant funding for this publication. In pursuit of featuring work that significantly contributes to cultural discourse, as well as our commitment to transparency, our policy is to disclose instead of exclude.

Special thanks to AM1690, The Voice of the Arts, our partners in producing ARTSpeak with BURNAWAY. The radio version broadcasts every Tuesday in two rotations, 8:20AM and 6:20PM. Thanks also go to the musical talents of Daniel Clay who provided the intro theme for our program.

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