The walls were painted pink-and-yellow zigzags, and a cast of characters outfitted in white tuxes and animal heads ignited an abandoned nightclub, turning the space into a carnivalesque, Dada-influenced funhouse without mirrors.
If you came to the opening, you gotta come to the closing otherwise the time machine won’t work.
Two artists, Ben Coleman and Henry Detweiler, have been living inside a building in Downtown Atlanta for three weeks.
The two performance and multimedia artists have worked collaboratively throughout this time on the transformation of their space into a multi-room, immersive installation comprised of various elements of architectural design, optical illusion and interactive performance.
The most thought-provoking aspect of the evening was the knowledge that Coleman and Detweiler had actually committed to living exclusively in this space — eating, sleeping, showering, creating — for three weeks. Remnants of this experience were visible here and there — a portable shower like something used for camping, a homemade tent filled with pillows and blankets for sleeping, a toilet — and provided a more resonant layer of meaning to what otherwise might have seemed mere spectacle.
Dashboard Co-op’s “No Vacancy, An Alternative Residency,” in which two artists are holed up in an undisclosed vacant Atlanta property for three weeks, is an effort to turn it all down and to see what kind of art develops in the relative silence and isolation.