Thursday, October 05, 2006

Swing on the Subway



see it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUaK4vA4srM



Here is my swing for the subway, disguised as a bag. With 1000 mesh "L-train grey" cordura, webbing, sliders, hooks, velcro, and snaps, I constructed a bag using industrial sewing machines (with help from Greg Thompson). The bag transforms from a backpack, handbag, or book bag of 11x4x12 to a swing of 11x24x2 with adjustable (25" to 50"max) straps that hook around the handrail of the subway. If you want one, I am accepting commissions.

What is the relationship between play and revolution? Creating fissures in reality opens up the possibility for change: change in the everyday/monotonous routine, change in assumptions about 'facts', change in the world in general. The act of "making strange" allows a new perspective for reassessment and critique. Nothing is fixed and anyone can make the environment around them better. I hope that the innocent amusement of swinging on the subway eclipses the atmosphere of suspicion and insulation that random searches (and the motto "if you see something say something") produces.

5 comments:

kendra plumley said...

bring some swings to ri....

ps. how's new york

sfxmaven said...

I love your swing (and your blue chairs make me SO happy). I would commission one in a heartbeat.

INDIGENTE ANDRAJOSO said...

cool

:D

Lowen said...

That's amazing. It's just like I imagined it when you were telling me about it: too good to be true!

Ian Reasor said...

Would you be willing to share your design for those DIY'ers who would like to make one for themselves?