(b. 1969, Minnesota, USA)
Artist, architect, visionary designer and urban gardener Fritz Haeg believes that 'we are obsessed with our homes as protective bubbles from the realities around us', and aims to subvert this state of affairs.
His work has included edible landscapes, public dances, educational environments, domestic gatherings, city parades, temporary encampments and occasionally buildings for people - though he prefers making architecture for animals. His Animal Estates project creates model homes for animals that are unwelcome or have been displaced by humans. Another of his recent projects is Sundown Schoolhouse, a peripatetic educational programme involving happenings, gatherings and ecological iniatives, with workshops, classes, clinics and seminars held in a mobile geodesic tent. Talking about his work, which develops according to his instincts, or what he feels needs to happen, Haeg says: 'I think of it as Trojan Horse art, where it is wheeled out and invades the culture without people being aware of where it came from.'
Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics: Faeries on the Roof
The Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics invites the local queer community to our temporary HQ for an on-going dialog about 'making ourselves at home' with casual and programmed conversing, cooking, crafting, debating, decorating, demonstrating, discussing, dishing, eating, exercising, hanging out, lecturing, moving, performing, reading, speechifying, talking, teaching, and workshopping related to LGBTQ home-making (inspired by the program of ‘home economics’ developed in the 19th century to educate young women in domestic duties).
As a place to queer our ideas of home, it is based in the very queer home of an intimate geodesic dome tent installed over a seating platform and conversation pit surrounded by fruit trees on the rooftop terrace of the Hayward Gallery for their pre-Olympics Wide Open School program.
Brent Pilkey, PhD candidate at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, has a regular presence at the Schoolhouse until 11 July as co-curator and scholar in residence, organizing events, leading conversations, conducting research, and continuing work on his thesis Queering Heteronormativity at Home.
Sunday 8 July, 3 - 7pm
~ Faeries on the Roof (Gay Pride Sunday) with the Faeries of Albion ~ Encountering queer community, love and spirit. For one day only, join the Faeries of Albion for a post-Pride chill out afternoon at the Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics. The temporary structure on the roof of the Hayward Gallery (South Bank, Waterloo) will host: discussions * discover heart circle * drumming * body painting * massage * chanting * tarot * puppy pile * tea and cake * 'make your wings' workshop * and more? Come as your queer faerie self, or come and discover...