September 8, 2006 - June 30, 2007
Collaborating with Snap Out Of It (SOOI) in COMMONspace, Rebar explores San Francisco's privately owned public open spaces (POPOS). Using the Planning Department's map describing the location of these fourteen unique sites, COMMONspace explores these spaces in terms of accessibility, surveillance, and other explicit rules. Rebar and SOOI activate these public spaces through a series of paraformances: performance actions that test each site's implicit social codes and engage public participants. Paraformances begin as playful actions by single individuals and culminate in full-scale, 'flash-mob' style occupations that increasingly engage the attention and participation of accidental audiences. Documentation of the site evaluations and paraformances will be published on-line to raise awareness of these spaces and inspire debate regarding their role and function as a part of San Francisco's commons.
For more information call 1-877-YO-REBAR (877-967-3227)
Locations include: 14 privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) in downtown San Francisco - 100 First Street, 055 Second Street, 101 Second Street, 235 Second Street, 150 California Street, 200 California Street, 600 California Street, 199 Fremont Street, 500 Howard Street, 525 Market Street, 560 Mission Street, 505 Montgomery, 235 Pine Street, and 343 Sansome Street.
To see videos of past paraformances please visit