With winter set in elsewhere, On the Road headed 107 miles East of downtown Los Angeles to Palm Springs for a holiday weekend getaway! Our program was located poolside at The Amado in Central Palm Springs during Modernism Week. In Southern California the pool is a pervasive element in the landscape. From Hockney’s Paper Pools to Ruscha’s Nine Swimming Pools, the pool is a site of activation. From projective futures to atmospheres and the sensual, the pleasurable environment has elicited both distinct individual and combinatory design directives. The pool and its surrounding environment has become a pleasure ground of sorts including a spot for both relaxation and leisure.
Swimming, floating, sinking, or hovering on the surface, The Amado pool in Palm Springs hosted a series of four spatial installations that considered the liquid space of the respective site. Synchronized or drifting, each pool was a thoughtfully curated installation around various ideas and themes developed and deployed by a group of LA-based architects, artists, and designers. The individual pools informed specific locales by engaging the vernacular of desert oasis through their collaboration that was both transformative and reinforced the notion of pleasure.
Fluids Mashup is the first of four spatial installations that took place February 22-23, 2014 at The Amado in Palm Springs, CA. A happening by On the Road, the project was a reinvention of Allan Kaprow's seminal work Fluids, 1967. According to Kaprow, “I say reinventions, rather than reconstructions, because the works … differ markedly from their originals. Intentionally so. As I wrote in notes to one of them, they were planned to change each time they were remade. This decision, made in the late 50s, was the polar opposite of the traditional belief that the physical art object—the painting, photo, music composition, etc.—should be fixed in a permanent form. Furthermore, the Environment quickly incorporated the idea of internal changes during its presentation. The conventional spectators became the participants who executed the changes. Here, also, the traditional notion of the uniquely talented artist (the genius) was suspended in favor of a tentative collectivity (the social group as artist). Art was like the weather.” — Allan Kaprow, 1991 (7 Environments, pg. 23)
Video by FORM follows FUNCTION, Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate and Hauser & Wirth
Maya Santos & Rani de Leon
Sara & Alejandro Quintanar
POOL SOUND RECORDING
James Michael Tate
Henry Carlos Zavala