What is Place/Setting?
Place/Setting is a social art installation, designed to host an intimate dinner conversation that is made semi-transparent to help a larger understand how ideas are shared within and amongst individuals, organizations, and experts in various contexts.
The first iteration of the project took place over four days at Boston's HUBweek, on Boston City Hall Plaza. The installation housed four public meals with guests from a mix of grassroots and legacy institutions with themes revolving around the growing disparity in income in greater Boston, and the arenas in which this is being addressed: urban agriculture, civic engagement and design, cooperative economic models, and housing, communities, and media
four arrangements, four dynamic conversations
Our hope is that the familiar ritual of a meal in an unfamiliar environent sets the stage for new and open dialogue.
How do you have an intimate dinner on a public plaza?
How does a ten person conversation reach a broader audience?
Place/Setting is an experiment in answering these questions. Place/Setting is not a symposium, it’s not a board meeting, nor is it a private party. Place/Setting is a social art installation, designed to host intimate conversations over shared meals, made semi-transparent to help the public understand how ideas are shared within and amongst organizations and experts in the city.