Sun, May 20th: Hannah Barco Workshop
Hannah Barco: Infrastructures for Encounters
This one-day workshop will use the observation and sculptural reproduction of urban sidewalk to open up the conversation on how we inhabit public space in our everyday routines. Workshop participants will be led through the steps of identifying, documenting and remaking (to scale) a block of city sidewalk. This workshop is built on the belief that making and working together creates the right conditions for dialogue and meaningful exchange. The tasks at hand – including walking, drawing, pouring concrete, and sculptural detailing – will make space for the conversations on public space that need to emerge within the particular group in attendance.
Realms of exploration may include: How does a block of sidewalk evidence its use, disuse, maintenance, or the state of its neighborhood? Can we imagine the encounters that have already occurred or that might one day take place upon this slab of cement? What are our own paths of pedestrian travel and modes of being a body in the world? What does it feel like to walk down the street? What are the systems in place that create, shape, and maintain both the infrastructure and culture of public space? How malleable do we perceive the world to be?
Morning Session- Walking and Paying Attention
⇒ A walk in the neighborhood to explore the area sidewalks. (including performative instruction sets and exercises in observation)
⇒ Participants each identify a block of sidewalk as the subject of their study and complete a guided set of drawings to document it.
Afternoon Session- Paying Attention and Making
⇒ Demonstration of ways to recreate sidewalk features to scale in cement
⇒ Studio time to prepare molds and make tools for applying details
⇒ Group cement pour to fill molds
⇒ Application of details in phases as cement cures
Graph paper and pencils (if available clipboards or drawing pads) Cement,
shovel (HB will provide)
Wood/hardware for molds (HB could provide/source)
Various craft, scrap and small sculptural materials for making details (HB will provide, additions welcome)
Sidewalk blocks could me made in scaled molds and prepared so participants can each take home their own
block at the end of the day (perhaps even as a wall ready piece). Alternatively, this could be made as a collective
sculpture, perhaps installed as a pathway or set of stepping-stones in an available outdoor area.