ward shelley + alex schweder inhabit human hamster wheel
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ward shelley and alex schweder: in orbit
the boiler, new york
now through april 5th, 2014

 

 

ward shelley and alex schweder have been living on a 25-foot rotating wheel made from wood, steel, and household furniture as part of a performance architecture installation. ‘in orbit’ is set at the boiler, new york where the two artists have inhabited a circular structure for 24 hours a day successively since february 28th, 2014. perched on opposite ends of the wheel — one around the inside and another on the outside — shelley and schweder must carefully coordinate their movements in tandem around the spinning dwelling, emphasizing the synergy and collaboration necessary in the everyday. various furniture and accommodations such as desks, microwaves and beds are fixed along circumference, providing the artists with the daily necessities they need to eat and sleep. the structure will remain on view in the exhibition space as an installation until april 5th, 2014.

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit
the artist duo are perched 180 degrees from each other

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit
desks are fixed to the spinning unit

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit
the artists in their respective positions on the wheel

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit
lights, chairs and tables are attached to the circumference

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit
the two must walk in sync with eachother

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit
using the computer

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit
‘in orbit’ at the boiler, new york

ward shelley + alex schweder human hamster wheel in orbit

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