Mildred’s Lane Swarming with Mark Thomann

Monday, November 12, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Mezzanine

These frequent visits by collaborating artists, writers, and critics at Mildred's Lane invite the public to participate in collective tasks and discussions, from hosting food-related events to explorations of creative processes related to the visual arts, writing, biology, and more. All Swarmings take place at MoMA Studio: Common Senses on an impromptu basis during opening hours, unless otherwise noted.

Mark Thomann is a landscape architect, design director with Balmori, and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania graduate school of design. His interests include ways in which landscape can shape a better collective future, and the creation of new landscapes to that end.

In collaboration with Mildred's Lane, he has explored various design methodologies to "qualitatively quantify" the parameters and experience of life into the design process through a project called Pond House Spring House Pond (PHSHP). With the help of UPenn graduate students, PHSHP produced a vernal pool, some gabions, a concrete pad, a water power wheel made from a repurposed treadmill motor, a mound of rotting grasses, traces of a three-part pond water system, and a collective idea and algorithm of what it takes to build a pond; an alternative to hydro-fracking.

In conjunction with the exhibition MoMA Studio: Common Senses

This event is free and participation is on a first-come first-served basis.