S.O.S. // Temporary

Repurposed temporary staircase, wood, paint, handmade oars, historic photographs, video. (2009)

At the end of the Red76 Surplus Seminar residency with Bureau for Open Culture/C.C.A.D. in Columbus, Ohio (part of the exhibition ‘Descent to Revolution‘) Sam, Gabriel and I spent ten days building a small punt boat with students and faculty from the college, alongside the Anywhere/Anyplace Academy mobile schoolhouse. The shape of the boat was inspired by photographs from Ohio State floods in the 1910’s, 30’s and 50’s, and by our having found an intact staircase (marked “temporary” on its side, and providing our craft with its name) randomly discarded in the center of Columbus, Ohio, earlier in the week.  The discarded staircase was already marked “temporary” as with so much of our disposable culture, so the S.S. or S.O.S. Temporary became a mascot for the overall Surplus Seminar project, asking “What is the architecture and infrastructure of waste?”

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Presented as part of Red76’s Surplus Seminar, a project for the exhibition ‘Descent to Revolution,’ organized by James Voorhies and Bureau for Open Culture.

A catalog of the exhibition, designed by Nate Padavick and Voorhies (Bureau for Open Culture) can be downloaded here: