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Place/Setting at The HUB, HUBweek

12 October - 15 October
Organized by: French 2D + Gabriel Mugar
Venue: HUBweek on Boston City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Square

Joining forces with civically engaged social scientists, innovators and activists,  French 2D and Gabriel Mugar (www.buildingthecommons.org) will create Place/Setting, a series of collaborative meals set in an installation that traces the productive conversations that happen within its space during HUBweek in Boston on City Hall Plaza. Reflective, multi-color materials exchange views from interior to exterior for visitors and meal guests. The long table telescopes out of the container onto the plaza to extend the conversations. Place/Setting will feature five public meals with 12 to 15 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: housing, urban agriculture, civic engagement, cooperative economic models, and media and gentrification.  The installation is open to visitors between the meals and acts as a collector of the collaborative gatherings - traces of the writing on the table and sound bites of the conversation layer on the space for asynchronous immersion.