Architecture, urbanism, design, art. Just some of the interests and competencies of this group which will, through a sixteen month series of loops around America, setup a ‘Venue’ comprised of “a portable media rig, interview studio, multi-format event platform, and forward-operating landscape research base”. Using an eclectic and modern array of instruments, tweaked with references to an early 20th century explorer’s aesthetic, they aim to document a slice of what the North American landscape looks, feels and talks like in the 21st century.
“Venue will broadcast and compile nearly sixteen months of original interviews with people at locations both familiar and overlooked, from an extraordinary mix of disciplines and backgrounds. [...] From architects to scientists and novelists to mayors, from police officers to civil engineers and athletes to artists, and from landfill-remediation crews to independent filmmakers, Venue’s archive will assemble a cumulative, participatory, and media-rich core sample of the greater North American landscape, by means of a rolling festival of site visits, interviews, film screenings, discussions, debates, presentations, performances, and more.”
Planned stops include New Mexico’s Very Large Array, Arches National Park, the world’s largest living organism in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, and the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.