(X) STATIC CLOWN FACTORY.
NUITE BLANCHE/ CLOWNERY / STREET THEATER / PARTICIPATORY /
Inflated. Deflated. Clowns and balloons. It is a potent combination. Balloons inflate and cause wonder, deflate and cause despair. But what does it mean if there is no one to suffer the ecstasy of the one or the disappointment of the other? So if there are balloons there must be clowns.
(X)Static Clown Factory is a Seuss-inspired enactment of the economy of desire. These are working clowns, the float is their workshop, the parade route their assembly line, and we will experience the night shift. All within a static parade that, of course, makes no “progress” whatsoever.
A multi-media construction-come-depot, the float featuring balloons, custom inflatables, flagging tape, Tyvek, helium, air, bubbles, and sound and light will be slowly stripped of its balloons throughout the night. Along the parade route, clowns equipped with specialized tools, gadgets and costumes, entertain through social commentary and by awarding clown paraphernalia, prizes, and ‘lantern’ balloons to the lucky and the brave. Depending on the hour you may meet a happy, sad, greedy, goofy or slightly nasty clown. Some onlookers will even be drawn in and ‘clownified’.
When the last clown has punched out and the morning shift has arrived, the (X)Static clown factory will fold up shop.
Design - Ruth Spitzer, Claire Ironside, Doug Donald,(Eureka League).
Costumes, Textile Design - Ruth Spitzer
Year - 2013
Clown Wrangler - Rick Kunst
Curator - Pat Machauly
Curator of Public Art - Umbereen Inayet, Toronto
Photographer - Steve Payne
Video - Stefan Randstroem
Presented - Nuite Blanche 2013, Toronto