3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Ice Queen: Glacial Retreat Dress Tent

Robin Lasser
Adrienne Pao
Fabric dress tent
Supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation for Intersections
Orchard Art Space
May 2, 2008
Circle of Palms
01SJ Biennial: Superlight
San Jose Museum of Art
May 10 – August 31, 2008
June 4, 2008
SOFA district
1:00 p.m., June 7, 2008
Cesar Chavez Plaza

The design idea incorporates a white dome dress tent standing approximately 10 feet high and 14 feet in diameter. The courtier will embody the look of a sexy weather hazard emergency worker/glacial woman in her white winter garb. The dress tent is a polar weather station, research lab referencing the globe/earth, global warming and glaciers, with an audio undercurrent relating female moods to the current weather report. The performer/model will hold a large white weather balloon, floating above her, scaled to the size of the tent. Names of extinct and retreating glaciers will be sewn on white flags and tethered to the rope dangling from the weather balloon. A mini video camera is also tethered to the balloon, and the dress tent may be viewed, from an arial perspective, through the clouds, in a monitor in the interior of the tent. Thus the exterior world is monitored via mini cam. Also inside the tent, in the fog, (created with dry ice) the viewer encounters a weather station, giving the climatic refugees (viewers), accurate real time local weather and hazard reports, relayed from the weather balloon and from an NOAA radio wave receiver system. A sound component is integrated into the overall idea of the climatic shift dress tent. Viewers will hear a faint sound of crickets as they approach the dress tent. In nature, crickets vary their sounds as the local temperature shifts. A chorus of crickets will vary their tune, in direct relationship to the climatic changes that have occurred across the globe, from the industrial revolution to the present and beyond. Overlaid upon the cricket chirping will be weather reports from the locale in which the tent is stationed, as well as a weather reporter adding commentary on the ice queen’s current temperature.

What is up, under a women’s skirt, in the 21st century, anyway?