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Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Backbone

July 17, 2014 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

People of all ages and abilities are invited to come and participate in BACKBONE as part of John Preus’ The Beast. Bring your thoughts, your ideas, and food or drink to share during the interactive exchange with the artwork.

BACKBONE is a custom “mantle” made of African fish vertebrae, Asian bovine bone, and US stainless steel. Participants “put on” BACKBONE with the help of DOEprojekts ‘ artists (and creators of the BACKBONE mantle) Deborah Adams Doering and Glenn N. Doering.

A digital photo will be made of participants wearing BACKBONE in or near The Beast. Photos are posted on the blog (with permission of each participant). It is not necessary to have a photo taken if participants would simply like to put on BACKBONE as a sensory experience.

Past “performances” and photos may be seen at

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Colin Ward was an English architect, writer, organizer, urban planner, and anarchist thinker devoted to forms of non-authoritarian social organization, with a keen interest in the experience of children within urban environments. In 1971, he became the Education Officer for the Town and Country Planning Association. He published widely on education, architecture and town planning. His most influential book was The Child In The City (1978), about children’s street culture. From 1995-6, Ward was Centennial Professor of Housing and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He died in 2010. The potlucks are named in his honor, as a form to think about many of the things that he spent his life thinking and writing about.


July 17, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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