In case you hadn’t figured out a reason or excuse, why to build inflatables becomes obvious as soon as you get people inside. The freedom and instability of an environment where the walls are constantly becoming the ceilings and the ceiling the floor and the door is rolling around the ceiling somewhere releases a lot of energy . . . . The new-dimensional space . . . becomes more or less whatever people decide it is – a temple, a funhouse, a suffocation torture device, a pleasure dome. A conference, party, wedding, meeting, regular Saturday afternoon becomes a festival.
-from Ant Farm’s Inflatocookbook, 1971
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art & Master Capital Management Present
Eugene’s First Incredible Inflato-Contest
March 2 – 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice Award!
Inflato-Funk: A Feat of Architectural Defiance by Jim Toporek, Mandy Toporek and Matthew Johnson
The Inflato-Globe: A Space for Geographic Contemplations by Nicholas P. Kohler, James Meacham, Jessie Clark and Sonja Anthone
OVA Inflato by Alyssa Phanitdusack, Dan Anthony and Andy White
Inflato-Tecture: 2 Experiences. One Bubble by Deven Young, Vanessa Walton, Stephanie Woirol, Matt Jemielita
Taking inspiration from the experimental architecture collective Ant Farm, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Master Capital Management, are hosting Eugene’s First Incredible Inflato-contest! These temporary structures are made from simple materials – plastic, tape and a fan – to create a one of kind of environment for visitors to explore inside and out. Usually made from clear plastic, these structures provide the perfect backdrop for projections and a unique environment for sound. Similar to the inflatables Ant Farm created at numerous happenings in the 60s and 70s, four teams of University of Oregon students and faculty have designed and constructed inflatables to be explored.
Eugene's First Incredible Inflato-Contest is in conjuntion with the special exhibition West of Center Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977, on view through April 28.