In April, Philadelphia Contemporary and Headlong invite the public to a Silent Walking Tour and interactive Performance Dialogue at RAIR (Recycled Artist In Residency). Presented amidst demolition waste and recycling materials, the second River Charrette will address sustainability issues against a backdrop of the gritty urban industry near the banks of the Delaware River.
Visitors will participate in an intimate Silent Walking Tour through the grounds of a construction waste recycling facility in northeast Philadelphia that processes 350 tons of material a day. Passing sorting piles, operation facilities and an open field overseeing the Delaware River and the city of Philadelphia, the tour will physically map both the constructed and natural environment we live in.
The walk is followed by an interactive Performance Dialogue with visual designer Maiko Matsushima and RAIR’s co-founder Billy Dufala operating a 5 ton waste excavator. The Performance Dialogue draws on The Landscape Game — a contemplative activity created by David Brick that calls on stillness and perception to examine interrelationships between landscape, animate and inanimate material and the human body — one of three activities that comprise the weekly, ongoing performance series The Quiet Circus at Washington Avenue Pier. The game as performed at RAIR takes place with materials curated from the waste stream in which participating players take turns arranging objects and their own bodies in relation to the unique landscape. The Performance Dialogue will contemplate in a larger scale the interplay between humans and machines and the culturally shaped landscape.
Afterwards, visitors are invited to play the game on their own with smaller materials and to join in conversation with Headlong artist David Brick and performing participants Maiko Matsushima and Billy Dufala about their experience arranging materials for The Landscape Game at RAIR.
The River Charrette is free of charge and open to the public. Please register for limited tickets here.
*Attendees should be aware that the site can be dusty and is exposed to the weather and they should prepare accordingly. Sturdy shoes are recommended.
*Visitors will be asked to walk or stand throughout the entire charrette; the terrain is not wheelchair accessible.
Major support for The Quiet Circus has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the William Penn Foundation. The Quiet Circus: River Charrette is a collaborative project by Headlong and Philadelphia Contemporary to engage and explore the city’s maritime, industrial, and creative heritage.
The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 2
Saturday, April 8th, 2017at 4:00 PM
RAIR, 7333 Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA
Bus to RAIR
We are offering transportation to and from RAIR for this event. Please reserve your bus seat by sending an email to: [email protected]
Drive to RAIR
From I-95 South take Exit 30 Cottman Ave/Rhawn St, which will put you on Cottman Ave. Then turn right onto State Rd and then another right onto Bleigh Ave. Follow Bleigh Ave under I-95 and turn right onto Milnor St. RAIR is located within Revolution Recovery and will be on your left hand side.
RAIR is a nonprofit organization that builds awareness about sustainability issues through art and design. Situated inside a construction and demolition waste recycling company in northeast Philadelphia, RAIR offers artists studio space and access to more than 350 tons of materials per day. Since 2010, RAIR has provided a unique platform for artists to work at the intersection of art, industry and sustainability, while producing content that challenges perceptions of waste culture. More information can be found at rairphilly.org
Billy Blaise Dufala is a Philadelphia based artist and musician engaged in a wide variety of creative discipline. He is a co-founder and director of residencies at RAIR (Recycled Artist In Residency), offering artists access to over 350 tons of waste a day, a studio within the recycling center to work in and on what the industrial back end of the city’s redevelopment looks like in terms of trash. Dufala is best known in Philadelphia for his ongoing collaborative practice with his brother Steven, known as the Dufala Brothers. The brothers work in variety of media, approaching sculpture, theater, performance, music, digital media, design and good old-fashioned drawing while exploring concepts of use-value, sentimentality, exaggeration and shelf-life through an sometimes absurd and trash-picked lens. He co-founded and was part of Traction Company, an artist cooperative and sculpture studio in West Philadelphia from 2005-2016. Currently, he teaches a class on found materials at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Philadelphia Contemporary was founded in 2016 to serve as a multi-disciplinary platform for dynamic contemporary visual and performance art. Philadelphia Contemporary is a free-standing and non-collecting nonprofit space. Through partnerships and collaborations, Philadelphia Contemporary seeks to foster innovative cultural production within the city. While exploring sites on which to construct a permanent home, Philadelphia Contemporary is presenting a program of pop-up exhibitions and performances across its home city. More information can be found at philadelphiacontemporary.or
Maiko Matsushima is a costume designer as well as Production Designer and Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College. Matsushima has been designing for theatre, dance, opera and film in NY and regional theatres. Most recently her designs have been seen at Philadelphia’s The Wilma Theater, My Wonderful Day, Proliferation of the Imagination, and The Understudy. Other designs include Twelfth Night (Pig Iron Theater Company), Takes (Nichole Canuso Dance Company), Chicken (Charlotte Ford) at Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, THIS (Playwrights Horizons, NY), Rescue Me (Ohio Theatre, NY), More (Headlong) and may others. She has also worked as an associate costume designer on Broadway productions such as Spring Awakening, Radio Golf, Lestat, Assassins, Good Body and Pacific Overtures, and Wicked in Japan.
David Brick is Co-Director of Headlong, a platform for performance and art research based in Philadelphia; and Director of the Headlong Performance Institute, an immersive training program for creating experimental performance. He collaborates broadly in creating performance, participatory installations and community. His current work includes the ongoing projectThe Quiet Circus which invites you to attend and participate on Saturdays at The Washington Avenue Pier along the Delaware River in Philadelphia and includes The Quiet Circus: River Charrettes, Performative Dialogues curated in collaboration with Philadelphia Contemporary.
***Photo Credit: Emily-Belshaw