September 29 – 30, 2012  

 A Collaborative Symposium Hosted by the

 I-Park Foundation, Inc., East Haddam, Connecticut 


Ciudad Abierta (Open City), Ritoque, Chile

Join us at I-Park for a deep and lively discussion/sharing/debate/investigation of ephemeral architecture as long practiced at Open City – and ephemeral art as it has evolved at I-Park since 2001. Discover how these two ‘outsider’ organizations, which happen to share the 72° W meridian on opposite ends of the globe, have independently embraced poetry (Open City) and music (I-Park) as motivating forces to guide their aesthetic, organizational and physical development.

Nine members of the Open City community will be joined by a five-person contingent from I-Park for a two-week onsite Travesía (residency) – culminating in the symposium on Saturday, September 29 and an epilogue session and related Open Studios presentations on Sunday, September 30. The discussion panel will consist of architects, poets, a landscape architect, a music composer, visual artists and graphic designers. Check out the symposium’s ‘ modest proposition.’

The event will also serve to introduce to the academic and practicing architectural communities I-Park’s 2013 onsite residency program for architects.

Except for meals, the symposium is a free event.

For a list of panelists, presenters and the event timeline, and to register for the event, click here.   Here you can also view some images of the ephemeral architecture at Open City. Or view a slideshow of I-Park’s 2009 Environmental Art Biennale.

Please be sure to register soon if you’d like to attend. Guest attendance is limited to 75. But if you are unable to come for the event itself but are curious about the topic, have a desire to be kept abreast of the symposium’s outcomes or want to log your potential interest in the new architecture residency program, click here, fill out the information in Steps 1 and 2 and hit ‘Register Now!’.

Volunteer help needed. Please join us at I-Park on Saturday, September 22 to assist the Travesía architects and artists in creating their site-specific installations (sculpture, video, music, visual arts projects). We’ll begin at 9:00 am and break at around 2:00 pm. Lunch is on us. We’ll also be needing some assistance during the symposium itself. If you have some time and energy to help support this worthwhile endeavor, please contact Amanda Baker.

Also, consider becoming a financial sponsor of this seminal event.

Please help us to spread the word about the symposium to potentially interested colleagues by using the convenient link below.

For additional information, including overnight camping opportunities for those wishing to participate for both days, call 860-873-2468 or e-mail Amanda Baker.



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