"A few hot glue gun blisters and X-Acto knife cuts were a small price to pay to share in Aurora Picture Show’s temporary backyard theater crowdsourced design process.”
Also, check out Michael Hoinski on the UBT in Texas Montly and the NYT -
”Two people grabbing two-by-fours and saws and working together, there’s a different kind of communication that happens.”
Rick Silva’s Builder Above the Sea Fog, 2012
Mike Koller’s Superhero Piano Recital, 2007
Carol Saft’s A Forest In The City, 2012
More soon on the film and video screening for the UBT…
I was reviewing the the UBT 1st model yesterday with the thought of how can this be translated into a real space with only a few days to build. What will change? What worked? What did not? How much material will it need. How much should I plan out before the 2nd Think Tank in Texas?
Then, at some point I decided to add a quick projection booth/ small room just to make a accurate guess at materials.
That comes to around 6 2x4x10s, 18 2x4x8, 4 sheets of 4x8 plywood, and a roll of tyvek.
Spring came to Brooklyn this weekend and on a warm Sunday evening, a few friends came over to my apartment in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Together we made the first model of the UBT. I would show you the Ustream video of the event but, of course , it did not archive. No mater. As far as films go, it was not exactly Ben-Hur. It was more like watch a quilting bee. We began by talking about what the UBT is or could be for an hour. Next we spent an hour hot glueing Balsa wood together without. The goal was not to build a perfect model but only to think with our hand. As we built, we chatted about Bamboo, art and tacos in Texas. At 8pm we stopped and looked at what we had built.
So.. what did we learn ?
To start, here are a few notes on what we planed on the first warm spring day of 2012 as the sun set in Brooklyn. Over the next week, I’ll try to flush the details out a bit.
The UBT is made of 2x4s, 2x10s, some 1/2” AC plywood, some screws, Tyvek, T-11 ” No Grove ” plywood, air craft cable, staples, some paint, some salvaged wood, possibly some Bamboo, some projectors and speakers, a bunch of extension cords, rope light, some films and videos, and some sweat.
The UBT starts in the backyard with a small entrance screen past the main APS house,
and then bar/ popcorn station
and then a structure with ambient film loops with random seating
that opens up to a larger space with a big screen and lawn seating for the main program
and then a 60 min selection of films and videos on building and communities.
That’s it for now. We’ll have more details for you tomorrow.
Thanks to Mike, Kate, Carol, Elaine, Tim, Shannon and Elizabeth from Texas for the Wickiup link.