We’re in San Jose right now (we being Jeff Stark, Robin Frohardt, Ian Page, Brett James and Todd Chandler). We’re working on an installation for 01SJ Biennial. Empire Drive-In is an indoor drive-in movie theater built from salvaged materials and filled with junked cars. Empire Drive-In started as an idea for the perfect theater in which to screen Flood Tide. With the support of the folks at 01SJ it’s now grown to become the platform for the entire film and video program at the 01SJ Biennial from September 16th-19th.
We arrived in San Jose last week to get set up, find wood, tools, cars, etc. So far, so good. Yesterday three car-carrier loads of cars arrived from Vince’s Foreign Auto Wreckers. Danny, our teamster forklift driver for the day was amazing. He was able to fit a Suburban and a Ford F250 through a door that was far too narrow– it was like forklift ballet.
The cars are pretty wrecked and we’ve got a lot of work to do cleaning up glass, smoothing out sharp edges– not to mention building the screen, stage, concession stand, wiring for power and hooking up radios and the FM transmitter. Just under two weeks to go.
Flood Tide: Remixed will be opening and closing Empire Drive-In– with a live score by Dark Dark Dark. Thursday, Sept 16th at 9:30pm and Sunday, Sept 19th at 3:30pm. More information at http://01sj.org/2010/artworks/flood-tide/