Tuesday, June 23, 2009
BigBoxBusiness as Model
Riffing off the post from Josh and my response to it why not follow the thread of utilizing the corporate model of architecture? I reference architect Kent Suhrbier from the prototype for this show, the MOPA exhibition Immediate Thought. His sketched proposed reclaiming empty store fronts throughout a city and using them as areas to show work. Why not take it global? Wal-Mart opens huge buildings globally as it shuts down it's own older stores leaving huge gaps of urban waste. Ideally, if this show allows us to imagine a future utopia, something needs to happen to these empty buildings. I propose that after the fall of this corporate beast, the art world re-purposes it's architectural shell. Thus instead of creating one Monolithic-All encompassing structure, we reuse a global network of buildings. Art then can be as accessible as your local Wal-Mart. Perhaps naive or simplistic but something to discuss nonetheless.