The Bench Shall Dissolve


FALL 2022 | In collaboration with Simmone Stearn and Mara Jovanovic
[Figuring public rest as protest]

What will public space look like when the bench has bloomed from a scant indulgence into a boundless given? When it has ceased to be an island and become the sea? What will the city look like when it has been reshaped in rest’s image?

Our world takes the shape of certain modes of dwelling, the way a chair captures a buttprint. We need to rehearse our rest, regularly and en masse, so the frictions may ease and the world may take new shape. We offer a small way to perform this rehearsal, in the form of an instructional performance.