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PRINCETON STUDENT COLONY

Established Feb 6th - closing event May 7th, 2012 / Princeton University / Weekly public events, talks, performances, projects, and dinners on Mondays / Closing events on May 7th / A Princeton Atelier project with guest artist Fritz Haeg and Princeton School of Architecture professor Dan Wood, Work AC

Watch the Princeton documentary video on the Colony by Nicolas Barberio

We have colonized and temporarily domesticated a strategic location on the Princeton University campus where we are making ourselves at home, creating an evolving lounge / laboratory / stage / platform / headquarters for the presentation and performance of fundamental human activities often ignored by the academic disciplines, such as cooking, composting, dancing, eating, exercising, gathering, gardening, meeting, moving, napping, performing, recycling, socializing, stretching, talking, walking, washing, etc. Students of archeology, art, architecture, dance, engineering, literature, physics, politics, and beyond are working in partnership with student clubs and communities to conceptualize, design, create, and build the settlement over the course of the academic term; with the possibility for each student to develop his or her individual project(s) responding to the larger whole. We began settling the New South lawn site on February 6th, 2012, in our 20' diameter all-weather geodesic tent headquarters on a 24' x 72' wood platform/stage where the Colony will gradually unfold and develop through the season, with public projects, installations, performances, meetings, and events.

PUBLIC CALENDAR

FEB 13th, 4:30-7pm...OPEN HOUSE & TALK by artist and designer J MORGAN PUETT

Fellow Princetonians!

The Princeton Colony (here for one semester, and one semester only!) is hosting a fabulous Open House this Monday, between 4:50 and 7:00!
WITH! a guest appearance and a FANTASTIC PRESENTATION! at 5:30 SHARP! by renowned artist J. Morgan Puett, ARTIST, CLOTHES-DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE, SPACE-TRANSFORMER, ARTISAN, and TIME-TRAVELER!

Welcome!

With Love,
Fritz, Dan, Donald, Alexandra, Sarah, Laura, Kai, Sean, Elizabeth, Jackson, Jason, Ray, Charlotte, Christina… and YOU!
i.e.,
The Princeton Colony!

PS!

Now, you may be wondering what exactly the princeton colony is…

The Princeton Student Colony is a group of students engaged in creating a temporary and evolving settlement at the north Lawn of New South, beneath the auspices of the delightfully askew face of Spellman's Sculptural Guardian.

It is also a large Arctic expedition tent and wooden platform.

But, most importantly, it is a space for the presentation and investigation of fundamental activities often neglected by the academic disciplines, such as cooking, composting, dancing, eating, exercising, gathering, gardening, napping, performing, recycling, socializing, stretching, talking, walking, washing, etc.

It is a venue for any of the activities that the traditional "Princeton Culture" sometimes forgets or sweeps to the side. As such, the Princeton Student Colony is actively seeking
ARTISTS, GARDENERS, DANCERS, THINKERS, DREAMERS, POETS, WARRIOR-POETS, CRAFTSMEN, ADVENTURERS, PERFORMERS, MUSICIANS, PHILOSOPHERS, AUTHORS, EXISTENTIALISTS, WIZARDS, EXPLORERS, DRAMATURGES, and PEOPLE who have big ideas and who need SPACE! and COMMUNITY! and, most of all, A HOME! to build experiences to show Princeton what it's been missing!

WELCOME!!!

 

FEB 20th, 6:30pm...TALK by Istanbul artist CAN ALTAY

Can Altay (Asst.Prof.Dr. Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University, b. 1975) is a Turkish artist based in Istanbul. His practice traverses the fields of architecture, art, design and social commentary. Often taking the form of research projects or mixed-media installations, his work explores and delineates individuals’ relationship with their urban environments. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘COHAB: an assembly of spare parts’, Casco, Utrecht (2011); ‘The Church Street Partners’ Gazette’, The Showroom, London (2010) and ‘Setting a Setting / Forecasting a Broken Past’, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008). Recent group exhibitions include: Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2010) and the 4th International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam (2009).

 

More info on Can at Arcade Fine Arts,Frieze Magazine, and The Walker Art Center

 

MAR 5th, 6:00pm...TALK by CHIP LORD of Ant Farm

(co-hosted by the School of Architecture at Betts Auditorium)

Born in 1944, Lord graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans where he received his B.A. at The Tulane University School of Architecture in 1968. Lord entered college five years earlier, choosing New Orleans's Tulane because he wanted to leave Florida and major in architecture, the result of a boyhood passion for exploring houses under construction. Lord decided not to go the traditional route after graduation by joining an architecture firm for four years before being able to start his own firm. Doug Michels, who graduated Yale University in 1967, met Lord while on a college lecture tour during the previous year. Together, they founded the alternative architecture practice Ant Farm, which was later expanded to include Hudson Marquez and Curtis Schreier. Lord attributes his education in architecture as a strong foundation for digital art. The training in developing ideas, planning, placing them into action are all skills Lord places into his work, a way of organized thinking. Their inspiration drew upon specifically the events of the year 1968 and focused on the function of the generation and counter culture as a way to reinvent the society created by the generation before them.

More info on Chip on Wikipedia and his webpage

 

MAR 12th, 6:30pm...TALK by Los Angeles artist/activist ROBBY HERBST

Robby Herbst is an interdisciplinarian. Broadly he is interested in socio-political formations; behavioral architecture, languages of dissent and counter cultures. Exploration of these fields have lead him to visual art, writing, group work, independent media, public theory and event/exhibition organizing. Collective projects of note include the vast universe of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest (exhibitions, publishing, organizing), The October Surprise and a collaboration of no name exploring psychedelia. He is a recipient of a Warhol Foundation Writers Grant for a project examining the phenomena of "Possibility" within relational art and activism. He has contributed to Alan Kaprow: Art As Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; the 2008 California Biennial; Democracy in America: The National Campaign, Creative Time 2008; Fine Print: Alternative Media, P.S.1, New York; and the Documenta 12 Magazine Project Archive, Kassel Germany. Additionally he's shown work with Southern Exposure (SF), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), The Art Gallery of Knoxville (TN), LACE (LA), David Patton Los Angeles and Machine Project (LA). He has organized exhibitions at The Craft and Folk Art Museum (LA), Park Projects (LA) and David Patton Los Angeles. He has lectured widely on art and politics. He currently teaches New Genres Art at the University of Southern California and Interdisciplinary Art in Goddard College's MFAI Program. - more info on his website

MAR 26th, 6:30pm...TALK by Los Angeles artist LISA ANNE AUERBACH

Lisa Anne Auerbach is an L.A. based artist who engages politics and popular culture with her art practice actvities from knitting to cycling, and photographing to zine-making. Past projects include Saddlesore, American Homebody, Everyday Hiking, American Stuccolow, The Tract House, Unicycle Shop, and Resolution Revolution. More info on her website

APR 4th, 7-9pm...BREAD HOUSES NETWORK presents A BREAD MAKING EXTRAVAGANZA

BACKGROUND OF THE BREAD HOUSES NETWORK: The global Bread Houses Network started with my very first bread: I loved the touch of soft dough and the hot bread aroma so much that I imagined they can bring out the best in any person and society. After having developed together with UNESCO the International Council for Cultural Centers (www.international3c.org), connecting cultural centers in 56 countries from all continents, I craved to sense locally the transformative power of the arts, and ceded my great-grandmother’s old house in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, to become a community cultural center. The initiative got people to volunteer inspired by my vision that the house could be the place where all could convene around the warmth of a wood-fire oven and make and bake bread together! Thus the Bread House became an innovative creation, kneading together the space of a community cultural center and a community bakery, where people engage with various art forms (from theater to applied arts) while the bread is baking and subtly easing inter-cultural cooperation.Soon, other people and organizations in Bulgaria and abroad heard about the Bread House and wanted to develop such centers and programs, so in only over a year and half the Bread Houses Network now includes programs in 12 countries on 5 continents: Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Italy, Israel, Korea, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Africa, UK, and envisioned in the USA). As spaces for organic food creation and promotion, the Bread Houses Network became Slow Food members and was recognized on December 10th, 2010, the Global Terra Madre Network Day, as an exemplary global model of food-related community-building model. The unique and successful thing about the model is, in fact, its simplicity: collective bread-making evolved as a universal community-shaping approach because: hot bread is loved by all; bread-making is enjoyed as an art as it resembles sculpture; kneading does not require special skills or knowledge; bread-making is not limited to gender, age, profession or ethnic belonging, uniting young and old, rich and poor, stranger and friend, and people with disabilities. On December 9th, 2009, at the UN World Summit on Climate Change we launched the BREAD Movement: Bridging Resources for Ecological and Art-based Development, as the world-wide informal movement connecting people who come together in various settings, places, and with various people to share bread and arts, as one family ultimately made from the same dough but only now starting to make that dough all together ourselves: crumbs from the same loaf! For more information contact Nadezhda Savova, nsavova(at)princeton(dot)edu

MAY 7th, 1:30-9:30pm...CLOSING EVENTS

more info ocoming soon...

STUDENTS
Ray Auduong (athletics & master planning)
Elizabeth Cooper (hospitality & recycling)
Jackson Dobies (schedule & calendar)
DJ Judd (social media)
Charlotte Leib (architecture & food)
Paolo Iaccarino (video & transportation)
Laura Preston (publications & design)
Kai Song-Nichols (library & food)
Ugo Udogwu (treasury)

VISITORS
Chip Lord (Ant Farm), San Francisco
J. Morgan Puett (Mildred's Lane), Pennsylvania and New York City
Can Altay, Istanbul
Lisa Anne Auerbach, Los Angeles
Robby Herbst (Llano del Rio Collective) Los Angeles

READINGS
Camps: A guide to 21st Century Space, by Charlie Hailey, 2009
A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander, 1977
The RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment, by Lawrence Halprin, 1970
Black Mountain: An Exploration of Community, by Martin Duberman, 1972
Living the Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing, 1954
The Whole Earth Catalog

 

Direct webpage: princetonstudentcolony.org

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