Not only does the concept encourage artists to utilize different aspects of a non-traditional space, but it also invites viewers to interact with the art in an unusual way.
Tonight! #modularartpods at @queen_ave_art_collective in #nashville! Visit the #inboundlands #art #installation, and wander The Process Way: don't forget to bring an item, a #memory, or a #story you want to release into the world. I've shared a few #prompt storystarters to encourage people, and I'd love to see what you share, too.
Modular Art Pods is a performance art piece / playspace hosted by Queen Ave this weekend. The premise is using modular spaces, like 4’x4′ boxes, to bring together disparate artists into a single show space for an interactive experience. Being Nashville, of course, this concept is heightened by musical performances, like our talented friends in Gardening, Not Architecture. If you need a positive, unifying event to counter your tough week, this is a great bet.
[…] when you connect these cubes into a tunnel, something exciting happens. The whole becomes greater than the parts. The exhibit forms a narrative that no individual artist or curator can foresee.
November 10th and 11th, 6-10 pm
in collaboration with the Queen Avenue Collective
as part of Modular Art Pods, Nashville, TN
Inbound Lands : Landmarks: The Process Way
Community Engagement / Installation Piece
As one of 24 artists chosen for this exhibit, my IBL Landmarks: The Process Way was designed as a 4′ x 4′ x 4′ “pod,” with an interactive false wall bridging one face of the pod so that exchanges could happen between the interior and exterior. The pod was designed this way so that both interior crawling individuals and exterior walking/disability audiences could participate in the sharing experience.
The exterior wall welcomed visitors with “park brochures.” One, written in the narrative voice of an Inbounds Park Ranger, provides information about the world itself, while the other was written in the style of a religious tract promoting The Process Way, a ritualized physical journey undertaken by hopeful authors in the world of The Inbound Lands. External visitors could add significant dates to a calendar on the wall itself – a mythological element explained within The Process Way brochure – and participate in an exchange ceremony.
With a silver ornamental screen allowing interior and exterior visitors to see inside/outside (but not visually recognize the other), a drawer allowed visitors to pass through objects. They were encouraged by signage to either 1) if no one was present, to leave an object, and take an object, or 2) if another visitor was present, to exchange an object and the story behind it. I wanted to facilitate an environment where visitors could evoke memory and release experiences, through a physical process of letting go and sharing sentimental attachments. Though several “starter” objects were included in the design of the pod, it was overwhelmingly heartwarming to see the amount of items and stories brought, left, and exchanged: bags of tea, tiny sculptures, personal items, artwork drawn on the spot, and so much more. I checked on the pod periodically to maintain the drawer if needed, but found the action unnecessary as the items changed and renewed themselves at a consistent level. Additionally beautiful was the honor system participants seemed to engage: most visitors didn’t take an object without also leaving one, many visitors created items (or wrote explanatory notes on things like receipts or tickets) if they didn’t bring an item, and many later recounted the stories behind the objects they had received.
The interior of the pod was designed to resemble a “Rest,” or shrine, that a Process Way pilgrim would encounter on their journey. Three of the walls were decorated with murals showing the three main mythological figures, while the fourth wall was the screen, drawer, and signage for the exchange process. The crawling path was padded by woven mats, and the pod interior was lit with a series of rolled paper scrolls (referencing the work of authors) illuminated with string lights, creating an effect that resembled shrine candles. To create a sense of privacy and intimacy, the pod’s two entrances were covered with dense felt curtains, cut to resemble foliage, which served to dampen sounds and create a twilight atmosphere for those within the pod.
The physical pod experience of IBL Landmarks: The Process Way was accompanied by an online component with the game itself: players could access a countdown, timed with the exhibit opening, revealed additional information about the game world, the mythological and historical figures, and the game landscape and locations. (The information remains archived on the site as part of the game’s artifacts and wiki.) The countdown also served as promotion awareness for the event, and notice for participants if they wanted to bring or send specific items to include. Though many of the players who came for the event were local to the Nashville area, participants included players throughout Tennessee and neighboring states, as well as those who mailed in items for me to include.