Artwork

The New R5 Travel Agency: Roving Roof Revision Request Robot Imagine Your Paradise...Your Dream is Your Reality / Bob Bingham + Claire Hoch

2008
Bob Bingham & Claire Hoch, The New R5 Travel Agency: Roving Roof Revision Request Robot Imagine Your Paradise...Your Dream is Your Reality, 2008
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IWC.2008.350

Artist Statement
A small gallery/office space equipped with a desk and chairs, signage, computing, imaging and printing equipment set up to establish the flavor of a full service travel agency for changing the world, from above. Agents will be available to assist customers while busy working on computers, telephones and printers. Some advertising on the wall and a printed brochure on the desk will describe the service provided in the agency’s office space. A few existing examples of mounted artworks will be exhibited on the walls for reference. When the agency office is open one of the agents: bigwitz.bot, hoch.bot or jesha.bot will be available either in person or via the internet with either a clipboard and/or a laptop to entertain the customer/viewer’s Revision Requests.

Viewers will be asked to go and/or be escorted to a location via Google Earth whereupon they can request to revise a rooftop by imaging it from a ‘menu’ of sustainable components including:
• Living roof strategies; intensive, extensive or modular green roof systems planted with sedums, perennials, prairie grasses, food crops and kitchen herb gardens, fruit tree orchards and/or a forest ecosystem.
• Renewable resource strategies: photo voltaic systems; wind turbines; water wheels, water retention tanks and irrigation systems.
• Any other imaginative addition to a rooftop plane that a customer may desire.

Depending on how busy the agency is, the agent will work with the customer to create an image on the chosen site, send the image electronically to the customer and print out two small copies right then and there; one for the customer, the other to display in the office/ gallery. If all agents are busy or not present, customers are asked to fill out a survey/itinerary form (posted on the wall above the reference table) and leave on one of the agent’s desk. The reference area is a small desk with books for reference about green roofs/walls and sustainable building practices. The plan is to engage viewers in a conversation not only about the possibilities of sustainable systems but also the new perspective and ability we currently have to view the world from above.... and perhaps to change it.....and therefore improve it for the birds and all the rest of the critters; two legged, four legged and more.
July 11 - August 31, 2008
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