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The Environment-Bubble - Performa 17

François Dallegret, The Environment-Bubble: Transparent Plastic Bubble Dome Inflated by Air-Conditioning output showing architecture as a "fit environment for human activities," from Reyner Banham, "A Home Is Not a House," Art in America (April 1965). © 1965-2017 François Dallegret; "The Environment-Bubble," Central Park, New York City, 2017, François Dallegret, Dimitri Chamblas François Perrin

Circulations will bring to life The Environment-Bubble, a widely influential blueprint by the Montreal-based French architect François Dallegret, for the first time since 1965. Dallegret’s "Bubble" was envisioned as a flexible, temporary dome, capable of hosting multiple occupants, with a central mainframe containing domestic appliances and new technologies. Initially conceived to enhance Reyner Banham’s thinking in A Home Is Not a House, a seminal text on ecological building practices published in Art in America in 1965, the "Bubble" became a reference point for generations of architects seeking radical ways to challenge the division of public and private spaces. For Performa 17, Dallegret will collaborate with two French artists, Los Angeles–based architect, François Perrin, and Los Angeles-based choreographer, Dimitri Chamblas, to turn the “Bubble” into an active site of physical and intellectual engagement. This itinerant, inflatable structure will roam across New York City, presenting programming that revisits the utopian ambitions of the 1960s and scrutinizes their relevance to the present day. Daily dance workshops, open to the public, will further the project’s aspirations to bring individuals together and shape temporary communities.

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Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.