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B’wick performance artists to live in giant hamster wheel for 10 days

This sounds like a wheel-y uncomfortable living situation.

By Megan Riesz - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Spin doctors: Artists Ward Shelley, sitting, and Alex Schweder plan to live on a giant wheel for 10 days for their performance architecture piece “In Orbit” in Williamsburg.  Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Spin doctors: Artists Ward Shelley, sitting, and Alex Schweder plan to live on a giant wheel for 10 days for their performance architecture piece “In Orbit” in Williamsburg. Photo by Elizabeth Graham


Starting Feb. 28, a pair of Bushwick performance artists will eat, drink, sleep, and pee in a massive hamster wheel-like installation piece — one on the inside, the other around the outside — for 10 successive days.

The live performance piece, taking place at Pierogi gallery’s the Boiler exhibition space in Williamsburg through March 9, is intended to demonstrate the natural give and take of human relationships, explained one of the artists.

“It’s about this kind-of interdependent and cooperation of two people to make a fairly extreme environment livable,” said Ward Shelley.

Complete with fixed bathrooms, mini-fridges, chairs, and beds, the 25-foot wheel exhibition, called “In Orbit,” requires careful maneuvering by Shelley and his partner, Alex Schweder, who has a degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill.

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