Slow and Steady Wins the Pace


Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL

We will Walk at a Slow, Quiet, Meditative Pace Through the Aisles of Art Basel Miami Beach on Saturday December 3, 2011 from noon to 8pm, the hours of the art fair.Our Pace, an endurance performance, is an intervention offering any of the attendees, from gallerist to collector to spectator, a break from the chaotic, spectacle side of the Art Market. It will allow you to get more intimate to the art itself and perhaps become Art if but for a suspended moment in time.

Please Join Us and Have Fun.

Thank you,
Diedra Krieger + Laura Mylott Manning
Inspirations include:
– the woman who walked slowly from one corner of Rittenhouse Square to the other diagonally across the park in 2011
– Maria Chomenstowski’s thesis performance at Vermont College of Fine Art “walking”. Maria walked in a large circle for 20 minutes repeating the words I’m walking walking walking I’m walking, walking walking….
– Bruce Nauman “Walking in an exaggerated manner around the Perimeter of a Square” http://artforum.com/video/mode=large&id=20235
– Man Bartlett’s #BestNonBuy … review on hyperallergic “I can’t stop laughing at the tweets he keeps sending which are often punctioned with “that I will not buy.” The repetition makes his tweets feel like a type of meditation.”

New Poles for Plastic Fantastic … the proposal for Philly Stake

On November 13, the proposal for a new dome armature will be presented at Philly Stake,  a “locally sourced, recurring dinner in which money is raised for creative & relevant community engaged projects. As a micro granting program, community members become creators.”  Below are the details of Plastic Fantastic’s proposal.

1. Plastic Fantastic serves as an organizing structure for social relations. It consists of a 16 foot, 2 tier geodesic dome covered in over 6000 post consumer water bottles. In 2011 Plastic Fantastic traveled to Salisbury University, the 1st time on a university campus in September where the university collected the 6000 water bottles and 50 students, faculty and staff and public covered the dome in bottles. Because of the amazing success at Salisbury University, Plastic Fantastic wants to go on the road to university campuses across the country. To do this we need a STAKE Grant to make a better armature.

2. A STAKE Grant would fund the making of a 20 foot, 3 tier geodesic dome made of ¾” EMT. The benefits of the new armature are: a structure 4’ larger in diameter allowing greater participation in future iterations; a more dome like form; and a much stronger, more durable armature.

3. I am a Philadelphia based artist and started Plastic Fantastic in 2007 while completing my MFA. Plastic Fantastic is a realization of 1% of my imagination, to create immersive environments for play, made from materials we so often deplore. When I returned to Philadelphia after working for Oxfam Australia in the late 90’s, I was surprised to see how prolific drinking bottled water was. Post-consumer water bottles as materials add a layer of meaning about the water crisis. I’ve improved collecting methods for the bottles and organizing ways of participation, now I want to improve the dome armature.

4. The structure of the geodesic dome is a metaphor of liberated consciousness. The geodesic dome is the materialization of imagining what the everyday could be.

Plastic Fantastic offers an opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself and one directly sees the immediate results of your efforts.

Once completed, Plastic Fantastic is an immersive, illuminated environment where play is our greatest priority.

Because of the overwhelming use of materials, upon return to the everyday, the viewer leaves with questions about access to clean water issues and water bottles.

The view of what art can be is also transformed.