"The shaping of the landscape where we live can no longer be achieved by the traditional resources of town planning, urban design, and architecture. New ways must be explored, which are as yet unclear."
-Thomas Sieverts, German urban planner
inspiration for suddenly
Michael Hebb is a wild man. From his bizarre survival experiments in the median on I-5 to his aversion to textual capitalization, the former Portland restaurateur and founder of the corridor project is nothing if not eccentric. His latest escapade, suddenly: where we live now, is aimed at "re-imagining our relationship to the built and natural environment." The group of involved artists, who include Hebb, Elias Hansen, Michael McManus, Hannes Wingate, Molly Dilworth, and many others, seek to reshape the identity of Seattle as an urban space through a series of art displays, literature and "activities."
One such activity, called Corridor Project IIII: habitat, transpired on June 22. Hebb, Michael McManus and Hannes Wingate plunged into the questionable wilderness of a highway median on I-5, bearing nothing more than two knives, a hatchet, and food and water to last the adventurers three days. As Hebb puts it, the goal of the expedition was "creating habitat—making fire, cooking, and building a shelter, tables, chairs, and other objects such as eating utensils, rope, brooms, and mats exclusively from materials found on site." The results and photographs from the project will be presented July 3 at Corridor V: sieverts in the square, a one pot dinner and art opening hosted by curator Stephanie Snyder to kick off the suddenly exhibition, which will continue with subsequent events though July 15th. Check out Hebb's corridor project blog for a event full listing and more information on his roguish ways, and click here for tickets to the kickoff dinner.