Chloe Bass: What is public space?


Contemporary urban space seeks the kind of publicity usually reserved for top-tier celebs. Reports of space-spotting, space as trendsetter, spaces that are “just like us,” should be cluttering the airwaves with gleeful, temporary abandon: the prevalence of casual useless news-making that belies a deep, permanent reverence. Give me the eternal life of the space through the sheer force of language and image. Let me love space through my cravings for the details of even its most irrelevant normalcy.


Space, in public, should give us something to live up to. I want to improve myself constantly based on its standards: secret techniques brought to life and embodied in my daily practice. Let’s borrow from the looks of public space, modify our sounds to match its voice. Let us all strive to be public even as we know the pyramid to success is slippery and ever-shrinking.


Space is not just place anymore: it’s phenomenon. Without these goals, we are lost.


CHLOE BASS works primarily in the creation of performances, situations, and installations. “It is my goal to investigate the potential of the everyday as a catalyst for intimacy. I’m captivated by the common denominators of the human experience: the things that people do always. I seek to highlight the seemingly normal as a means of questioning its stability.”

Posted: November 8th, 2013
Categories: What is Public Space?
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