ARCHEOGRAPHY III (SUSPENDED GARDENS)
February 21 2009 – March 29 2009
Opening Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 6-9 PM
SUPERFRONT with MonstaH Black
Organized by Mitch McEwen and MonstaH Black
SUPERFRONT gallery is proud to present ARCHEOGRAPHY III (SUSPENDED GARDENS), a
performative installation conceived collaboratively between SUPERFRONT
and Monstah Black.
This multi-disciplinary exhibition is on view from February 21, 2009
through March 29, 2009. Live performances will take place in the
installation Saturday, February 21st at 7PM and Sunday, February 22nd
at 3PM. The project explores an integration between choreography and
architecture, in which a design workshop and dance workshop share
responsibility for producing a performance and site-specific
installation over the course of 6 weeks.
The installation and dance work begin with an investigation of Le
Courbusier’s early drawings of interior “free plan” space. The site
specific installation, designed and built by both architects and
dancers over the course of a 6 week workshop, appropriates motifs
from a set of drawings entitled “Les Jardins Suspendus.” The architectural
project investigates these perspectives of interior scenes, which feature
ropes, punching bags, and landscaped indoor turf.
The choreography tests this environment through movement that includes
climbing, spinning, and walking up walls. Elements of capoeira, parkour
and hip hop are integrated with modern dance. Live performances feature
house dance collective Afro Mosaic Soul with performance artist and
curator Monstah Black.
ARCHEOGRAPHY III (SUSPENDED GARDENS) is the third in a series of
Archeography Projects at SUPERFRONT, which will present the combined
work of architects and choreographers through June 2009. To follow
development, please see
The Archeography Project series pairs an emerging architect or
designer with a choreographer to generate the material for a
weekend-long performance. All aspects of orchestrating a performance
are at stake – the built parameters of boundaries and floor planes and
seats, as well as the movements and effects generated by performers.
The series presumes that precepts of movement may act authoritatively
upon architecture and, conversely, that architecture may operate
within a logic of performance.
SUPERFRONT is a new space for architectural experimentation, located
in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. www.superfront.org
SUPERFRONT is located on 1432 Atlantic Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Gallery hours: Sat & Sun 1-6 PM and by appointment. Subway: A train to
Nostrand Avenue. Walk 2 avenue blocks east to Brooklyn Ave and 2 short
blocks south to Atlantic Ave. For more information:
MITCH MCEWEN, co-curator of the Archeography Project, founded
SUPERFRONT in January of 2008. Mitch has lectured at Columbia’s
Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning and
practices architectural and urban design (primarily in the office of
Bernard Tschumi Architects). Mitch holds an M. Arch from Columbia
University and A.B. from Harvard College, cum laude.
MONSTAH BLACK, co-curator of the Archeography Project, is a
choreographer based in New York since 1999. MonstaH has received
support and commissions from various arts organizations, including
Blackout Arts Collective, Topaz Arts, The Field and Thelma Hill
Performing Arts Center. He has taught dance and choreography at George
Washington University, with a focus on site-specificity and