Floating Pavilion for Black Lives Matter
A pavilion designed for Black Lives Matter advocates, allies, and protestors is positioned on the Hudson River and emulates strategies of protest by occupying a critical artery to the city; disrupting nautical traffic and the flow of capital. As protestors voice their support for Congress to pass the BREATHE Act, they inhabit the waters of the Hudson via floating piers and establish operations outside of the inequitable systems enforced on Manhattan Island, creating a testbed for new forms of organization, expression, and care. Designed in a circular shape, the multi-functional structure is designed for performance, public forum, and resource distribution. The circle allows for inversion: performance and forum occur in traditional formats in the center, but also in decentralized formats around the perimeter, with viewers occupying the central area. This decentralized experience breaks down the hierarchies between performer, protestor, and viewer. The structure is veiled by white debris mesh netting, which broadcasts silhouettes of activity occurring within the space on the facade for external audiences. Translating this concept in a 1:1 model, a white organza hoodie broadcasts the body to viewers and puts pressure on societal and media-informed representations of black bodies. The hoodie becomes a uniform for performance.