Impossibility leads to _______________

Duncan Standridge's Concept of the Light Rail in KCMO

Apparently, this what Kansas City would have looked like if the Light Rail had been built. KC would be very green, there would be  more people walking their dogs and a lot more babies in public.  So Kansas City, (or your perspective city) it’s a new year and what do you imagine for our city in 2012?

Wish You Were Here! Postcards from our Awesome Future,” by Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings.

“Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert asked architects, city planners, and transportation engineers, “what would you do if you didn’t have to worry about budgets, bureaucracy, politics, or physics?” Ideas from these conversations were then merged, developed, and perhaps mildly exaggerated by Steve and Packard to create a series of 6 posters for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program.”

Rob Walker, who spoke at Grand Arts last fall, talked about his collaborative project The Hypothetical Development Organizationwhich creates implausible futures for unpopular places.

The Loitering Center

The Loitering Center

If you haven’t noticed, there everywhere, next time you’re at Broadway Cafe look at the gravel parking lot and you’ll see an advert for a building that will never be built. These renderings are facilitated by the real estate companies, (The old Jazz District is another prime example; the whole idea is to get investors to buy in) These images are usually photoshop’ed architectural renderings of what could be, so Walker and his crew create their own new futures for those unused spaces, like the Loitering Center pictured to the right.

I want to ask Kansas City, “If you didn’t have to worry about about budgets, bureaucracy, politics or physics” what would your Kansas City look, feel and be like?

Charles Feruzza's Perfect Plaza

Charles Feruzza, Food Critic and Contributor to the Walt Bodine show re-imagined the Plaza. What would be different? What would be the same? Imagine if the light rail had been built? What would have changed in KC? (Link to a 9 minute video animation of the KC Light Rail) I find myself pondering  the idea of Power and Light only being occupied and operated by locally owned businesses and what that mean for this city? All thoughts aside, that is an unlikely situation. Though, I believe these questions are worth asking even if I know the impossibility that they will never exist. Why even ask these questions then? Well, for me it’s quite simple, what is exciting about these impossible dreams and visions is that it opens conversations to imagine new possibilites & ideas and those are always worth having……

KCAI former Sculpture Professor, Dale Eldred imagines his work over the Grand Canyon



About Sean M. Starowitz

Sean M. Starowitz’s work is executed in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts. Notable projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in NY, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and at American University in D.C. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bread Company. He is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient with support from the Charlotte St. Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation. More recently, he is a 2014 Charlotte St. Foundation Visual Art Award Fellow.
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