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CREATURE COMFORTS

CREATURE COMFORTS
ELSEWHERE, GREENSBORO NORTH CAROLINA
collaborative living installation series with Angela Zammarelli and J.W. Gamble

During a two-week timeline, our three-creature crew  (+ many helpful hands of elsewhere friends & family) excavated and transformed a series of rooms into sculptural living/working studio spaces. The project was done at ELSEWHERE, a living museum set inside a former thrift store. Conceptually exploring the line between public and private working/living environments within an institution, we set out to accommodate contemporary creative needs (within a very unusual setting) while critically eulogizing the history of the space that came before us. This process involved excavation, conversation (oral histories of spaces/places), consideration, restoration, preservation, and installation. We designed a series of specific sculptural foundations (for intentional upbuilding) in each room that provided privacy but encouraged creative addition to new living systems that would interact symbiotically with the rooms' material history. In addition to these rooms-within-rooms and historical vignettes, we created a general studio system (desks, chairs, lamps, electricity, shelves, drawers, push boards, night lights, signature spaces) for practice-based studio work. The elements in each space were arranged to allow for a new and innovative traffic flow between rooms (referencing its early days as a boarding house) and the larger architectural schema of ELSEWHERE. For more details/perspectives on the project, please read Angela's reflections here, here, and here.  Also, check out some photographs of the spaces before renovation and the project in-progress.

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