If you read The Overcast, you’ve probably heard of the Wandering Pavilion: a mobile and temporary structure that moves from place to place becoming something different wherever it is set up. This is a project I’ve been working on for two years now, and I’m very pleased to say it’s finally wandering.
Undulating colourful clouds without a drop of rain made for the perfect launch. On July the 19th the pavilion made its debut as a story collector. The story collector ran from July 10th to 27th, where Christopher Postill of Sounds like an Earful, and students from Memorial University’s Folklore program, asked passersby questions to figure out how the built environment has shaped experiences in their lives.
Stay tuned for a podcast Christopher is producing that will share the stories we’ve heard showing that architecture actually plays an important role in all of our lives.
As this newspaper comes to stands, the Wandering Pavilion will also have spent some time in Victoria Park as a New Media Pavilion. We had an outdoor film screening, a puppet show, and we were part of the Family Day festivities. Right now the pavilion sits in Bannerman Park for the Folk Festival, to serve as a backdrop for an interactive dance show by Neighbourhood Dance Works, and as a soap box put on by Happy City St. John’s.
From August 8th to 17th we’re still tossing around a few options for use, so if you’ve got a good idea, let us know. To end out the month, we’ll be part of Eastern Edge’s HOLD FAST contemporary arts festival, and then we’ll make our way up to Long Pond to Take a Rest. We’re letting everyone know our day to day events and location on Twitter @wanderpavilion.
This article is the first of a series of three articles that will follow the Wandering Pavilion this summer. I’ll tell you where we’ve been, what we’ve learned, and where we are going. Here is a teaser of the stories we’ve collected so far about people’s childhood home (credit: Christopher Postill of Sounds Like an Earful):