Salon colada an art - science - garden - food - Fritz Haeg - MOCA NOMI - green pillow - interaction - caffeinated - social experiment
“It seems more pressing to invent possible relations with our neighbors in the present than to bet on happier tomorrows” N. Bourriaud
LIVING ROOM IN CORAL GABLES BEFORE THE MOVE TO MOCA
Salon colada is the satellite show that will feed the salon experience, including outcomes, into Fritz Haeg’s exhibit at MOCA, which by the way, is our living room! Yes, our living room furniture and furnishings have been moved to MOCA to be part of the show Convention curated by Ruba Katrib. A few hours after our furnishings departed, Fritz moved comfortable a low 4' x 8' table, cushions and pillows designed specifically to enhance the salon experience. Events will be held close to the floor! A glance of our collaboration can be seen in these publications:
This web site will be the spot where we document our salon experience and that of our guests. If you are interested in coming to a salon, let us know. We also have recorded on our blog: http://saloncolada.blogspot.com/
MOCA VIDEO http://www.fritzhaeg.com/webvideo/salon-colada-073109.mov: Jacinto Astiazaran, LA videographer, shot video during THE MOVE on May 19, THE FIRST SALON on May 20, in our living room at MOCA and at our ArtScience Salon on July 26. The 20 minute video is looping on a monitor in our MOCA living room through September 13.
The first step was to move the furniture out and the pillows in on May 19, 2009
On the morning of May 19 the furnishings of our living room were removed and packed onto an American Van Lines truck for transport to MOCA on NE 125 Street.While STUFF moved out the door, one piece at a time, large black trash bags filled with comfy green pillows and cushions were squeezed in the front door by Kevin Arrow of MOCA, Fritz Haeg and Mindy.It was all surreal.Keith commented to Fritz that he suddenly realized that he might miss the STUFF!The living room was finally empty, voices echoed and were amplified.Fritz spent the remainder of Tuesday looking for more cushions and pillows – he had already exhausted Ikea’s in-store stock!Mindy and Keith cleaned – some old dirt was disclosed by the emptiness.A person from MOCA delivered a 4’ x 8’ board and two 2 by 4s, and cement blocks - this is our salon work table.
The move begins.....
Thursday came quickly and Fritz arrived early with more pillow and cushions, some new lights and two rugs, and four cement blocks - Salon colada began to take form – in GREEN.The low table was configured in front of the fireplace, pillows and cushions were placed against the walls in the other space and carpets placed in the center.It was done! – the green furnishings glowed in the naturally lit yellow room – Ann commented that it looks like a beautiful garden room.
THE FIRST SALON
The First Salon was convened on Wednesday, May 20, 7 PM, at Salon colada.Through the hard work and sometimes stressful preparations of many people The First Salon by all accounts was a great start to our summer series.
Final preparations at Salon colada ran up to the wire.Willing participants began to flow in to inspect the new salon-friendly digs, have a drink and some food, and lively conversation in the dining room.Attending were people from all walks of our lives and people who became part of our lives only during that night – neighbors, friends, professional colleagues, artists, scientists – an amazing array of interesting, exciting, thoughtful and interactive people.Beer, wine, and other drinks lubricated the approximately 25 guests, young and older.
We finally asked everyone to grab a spot in the "garden room."Keith explained the process that led us to The First Salon.Then Mindy performed her poem:
Ode to Fritz, by Mindy Nelson
this is an ode to Fritz
who delivered our writs
to make us use our wits
to go out of our zone
and be less alone
and off the phone
to tone down the drone
of everyday life
to create something new
for me and you
we haven’t a clue how to do
or woo you to do
what isn’t so easy
it makes me queasy
but Fritz seems so breezy
so we tell our friends
as we squeeze their brain
they don’t seem in pain
but they think us insane
and so we declare
our stuff goes there
Fritz brings new stuff here
but wait, I don’t get it
they look bemused
then, finally, amused?
where will you sit to watch t.v.?
to relax and read and drink your tea?
we have to go to MOCA to see
no, at home we host each gathering
invite people, see what they bring
for ideas, exploring, tinkering
we hope to create opportunity
try to build community
mix some creativity
with a touch of ingenuity
and learn about what happens
an experiment of the social kind
where we are the subjects and must use our mind
do what we are not inclined
not a reality show gimmick
but to give us a kick
to find out what makes us tick
kind of ironic
that we would be picked
after all these years of watching fish and honeybees
this is an ode to Fritz wearing a Tom Sawyer smile
like Tom, it seems to beguile
as he waits awhile
or find the key
to mixing life with art
We asked several guests to read definitions – community… coloda… living room… but it was the definitions of ART and SCIENCE that sparked the conversation for the remainder of the evening.
What is science, what is art, how do they differ, how are they the same.What elements drivethe production and “value” of scientific investigation, what elements drive the production and value of art?What does “value” mean in art?What part do colleagues play in molding scientific research and art production?This was an amazing start that we can build on when we convene future ArtScience salons.
Billie asked: How would a scientist address the very experience we were having?How would an artist do it?It was a disarming question, the quick paced discussion halted for a few long moments of silence!
MOCA OPENING OF CONVENTION
Convention, curated by Ruba Katrib, opened at MOCA on May 21. Our living room was Fritz Haeg's contribution to the exhibition - Miami Salon. The dimensions of the museum space were equal to our living room, 34' x 14'. Two walls in the museum had large sheets of cork that were shaped like our front door and the windows on two sides of the living room. The cork panels are used to display emphemera and pictures.
WHITE TIGER SALON
After a few days of preparation and a tour of the darkness and lightness of India, The White Tiger Salon went off on June 8.The Salon was an offshoot of a book club that meets regularly in southern Miami-Dade County and the name derives from TheWhite Tiger a book by Aravind Adiga that we shared and discussed along with a dinner of an Indian design.Adiga’s book describes a life of extreme, mostly top down, dehumanizing, social structure.
The salon, by contrast, is a cooperative group that stimulates listening and mutual learning; the process equalizes the participants through mutual respect of their varying backgrounds and interests.Disagreement and argument are at the heart of a vibrant salon, but it is the ideas alone that are contested.
One matter now clear after a few weeks of Salon colada is that Fritz furnished our house with PERFECT cat furniture.They love the pillows and cushions, can’t beat a 4 x 8’ board with a substantial layer of smooth cork.
June 16, the topic - TOURISM. The group of mostly artists convened for snacks and to discuss three articles:
On July 11, we brought the neighbors together to show-off what they know. Most people we invited we did not know. About thrity people convened at 1 PM for juggling, orchid know-how, Spanish electro acoustic guitar, backyard butterfly production, great food with recipes, jewelry-making, percussion instrument design and production out of found stuff, ... We had no idea what our friends and new friends would bring to share. Salon colada was alive (slightly chaotic) with yelling, pillow-throwing, hammering, percussion noise, and as a separate event, Juan Areco on guitar with a chorus of percussion instruments.
ARTSCIENCE: PLAY, PROCESS AND PRODUCTION
The theme for play, process and production
On July 26 people began to arrive at 1:30 PM for a project largely unknown to them. We started at 2 PM and wound down after 10 PM. About 20 people, a selection of artists and scientists, worked together in small interactive groups to produce. Music, visual art, evolutionary biology, animal behavior, literary arts, conservation, all were in the mix, asking questions, planning, modeling, producing.
I was at work when I received a general emailing to MOCA members - Fritz Haeg was searching for people to run a series of salons in their home during the summer 2009, and he would take your living room furniture to MOCA to be part of the exhibition called CONVENTION.
I immediately forwarded the letter to Mindy and suggested we should do it. It just sounded like a great opportunity, so many positives popped into my mind, I was really excited to apply. Mindy did not immediately share my enthusiasm (it turns out she had a more realistic view than I of the size of the task). But, by weekend she was IN, we took pictures, completed a proposal and forwarded it to Fritz. He seemed very excited to receive our proposal, we suspected because he thought he might not receive any proposals! In the end he received over a dozen eagar proposals, and he chose us after our interview in Miami.
03.20.09 - open call: looking for an adventurous miami resident eager to start a series of salon gatherings at their home...
For a project at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, I am seeking the collaboration of an adventurous local resident. They will organize and host a regular series of salon gatherings at their home during the run of the exhibition from May 21 – September 13, 2009. I will work with them to strategize their new salon series, but the events will be entirely organized by the host, with guests of their choosing.
The selected resident will have the entire contents of their “living room” relocated in exactly the same arrangement in the MOCA galleries for the run of the exhibition. I will develop and design a very simple seating system that is conducive to the social salon gatherings to furnish their vacated living space.
Museum visitors will be invited to make themselves comfortable in the transplanted “living room”. A video will be produced about the household, their lives in the living room before the project, and during a few of the salon events. This will then be presented in the museum galleries, along with snapshots, invitations and other ephemera from their events. They will also be invited to keep a diary of their experiences to be posted online and printed in a 'zine.
If you are up for the challenge, excited by the possibility of turning your lives upside down for the summer and eager to open up your house to new possibilities, send a few photos of you and your “living room” with a very brief message describing why you would want to do this, to studio-at-fritzhaeg-dot-com. Please pass this on this to anyone in Miami that you think might be interested. I will be visiting to meet with candidates on April 21st.