Week 09 / Dec 10 – 14
“Expanded Objects for Shared Living”
About the project
My project is about collapsible and expandable structures that can flip from enclosures to extensions of body and existing architecture. Movables, hybrids, clusters, skins, shells, dwellings and parasites become the trigger for performative encounters and collaborative situations in public space. These objects open up a space for discourse about spontaneous community, coming out as a result of a struggle with a structure, and challenge the boundaries of what can be shared, negotiated or exchanged.
The project focuses on utopian visionary ideas of enabling more spontaneity and risk-taking in public space, provoking solidarity patterns of behavior and interdependency that can empower people to claim and inhabit space differently. Part of Storefront will become a temporary open lab station for generating new forms, strategies and possibilities that combine architecture, fashion, product design, body politics, social mobility and hybridization.
About the artist
Miryana Todorova (b.1984 Sofia, Bulgaria) is a visual artist who lives and works between Sofia and NY. The major concern in her work is questioning the politics of public space and how people occupy it. Her projects combine painting, performance, video and public interventions to examine the body in relation to temporary structures and potential collapse. Miryana holds a MFA Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, NY. She has participated in numerous exhibitions both in Europe and the US including Dissident Desire: Exercises of Critical Body Building at District Kunst- und Kulturförderung, Berlin, SpaceLab at the Spinnerei, Leipzig, Movables at Frosch&Portmann gallery, NY, New York Temporary at the Center of Photography and the Moving Image, NY, Geometry of Time at the Regional History Museum, Plovdiv, The Bulgarian Pavilion at Credo Bonum gallery, Sofia, Temporary Status at Immigrant Movement International, NY, Dwelling-In-Travel part of the 16th Week of Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Object Not Found at Parlour, Venice, Art in Odd Places Public Art festival Pedestrian, NY, and Making It at the Deutsche Bank gallery, NY. Miryana is the recipient of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art, category Young Artist (2011) and was a participant and fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2012) and ZK/U-Center for Art and Urbanistics Berlin (2013).