On August 4, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced that a diverse group of artists – ranging from designers to performers – will be taking over five venues across Chicago in the upcoming months. The purpose? To put a contemporary perspective on historic locations throughout the city.
The Garfield Park Conservatory will host Francois Perrin, who will present his architectural experiment Air Houses: Design for a New Climate. The tropical microclimate of the Palm House will be transformed with Perrin’s fabric structure, which offers a perspective on the current ecological crisis. The Conservatory will also house SO-IL and Ana Prvački’s poetic collaboration, L’air pour l’air, a musical piece that will highlight mask and shelter enclosures inspired by the plants of the Conservatory.
(A video of Ana Prvački preforming)
In downtown Chicago, the Water Tower arts space will host a video installation by performance artists Gerard and Kelly. The piece, two chapters from Modern Living, were staged at Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and highlight homes that shelter relationships as profound as their designs. The space will also feature James Welling’s colorized images of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus.
On September 16, performances of a piece by artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang will begin at Navy Pier, and will involve performers wearing soundsuits interacting with audience members and highlighting Chicago’s creative spirit. All of the instillations are joined by a city-wide series of programs sponsored by over 100 partner organizations.