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Deep Space at Motel, Motel, Motel Deep Space at Motel, Motel, Motel Deep Space at Motel, Motel, Motel photos by Andy Lachance and Gregory Perez

In the summer of 2007, artist and curator DK Pan invited us to be a part of a one-night performance installation entitled Motel, Motel, Motel. There was an old motel off Aurora called the Bridge which was slated for demolition to make way for high-end condominiums. But before the wrecking balls knocked this 1950s, two-story building down, DK was going to produce an event that would turn this derelict, drug-infested motel into a contemporary art showcase. He asked us if we wanted a room and we raised our hands high.

One-night projects always start off as simple ideas. Paint the room black. Hang a small model spaceship from fishing line. Hook up an intercom so visitors can communicate with the crew. But enthusiasm breeds complexity and pretty soon our spaceship had a windshield where the audience could see us onboard the spaceship. And the black box was replaced with a rear-projection screen of space in motion. I blame Puccinelli for all the high-tech innovations, but he pulled it off and it really was quite wonderful.

We outfitted a portion of the room with chrome and blinking lights. From the 3-inch monitor, it looked like a pretty cool space deck. Our friend Rick Klu hid inside the room and from a high platform threw asteroids and aliens at us. It was not a scripted performance.

It was a fantastic evening and the Bridge Motel was given a great send off. Hundreds of people came, viewed art, climbed through windows and drank beer in the motor court. If I were an old hotel, this would be about the perfect way to go out.

You can visit www.motelmotelmotel.com for more information.

 

 

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