Buddy System

Installation


So Much Better Than We Were

Gallery walls sanded, spackled, sanded, and painted in the interior style of the Civic Square Building with Rutgers University official Scarlet Red, the same white used in the public hallways, and black. All work only done up to my height line.

2020


Alt text: Half a gallery space with gray floors and double emergency doors below high windows the length of a tall back wall. There is a painted black band approximately 4 to 6 inches wide along the base of wall where it meets the floor, and extending halfway up the walls in the doorways. Within this black band the walls are white. The white paint within the black band also only extends about halfway up, and the walls above are a slightly different shade of white. This division line of paint colors corresponds to my seated height. 3 other works are visible in this photo, Buddy System (Sign), Buddy System (Flag) and Buddy System (Photo), described in more detail below.  

Buddy System is an installation based on Rutgers University's emergency procedures for disabled people, specifically as they relate to the Civic Square Building used by Mason Gross School of the Arts.


""BUDDY SYSTEM" OPTION 

During the first week of classes or employment, make acquaintances with fellow students, residents, class members, or office workers. Inform them of any special assistance that may be required in the event of a fire alarm (i.e., hearing the alarm, guidance during evacuation, etc.) When the fire alarm sounds, the "Buddy" (or assistant) will make sure of the location of the person with a disability, then go outside and inform emergency personnel that a person in that location needs assistance in leaving the building. Emergency personnel will then enter the building and evacuate that person.


Stay-in-Place

Unless danger is imminent, remain in a room with an exterior window and a telephone, closing the door if possible. Call Rutgers Police (obtain an outside line and dial 9-1 1) and give your name, location and reason you are calling. The dispatcher will relay the information to on-scene emergency personnel. Phone lines normally remain in service during most building emergencies. If the phone lines fail, the individual can signal from the window by waving a cloth or other visible object."


- Evacuation of Individuals with Physical Disabilities, Rutgers University Institutional Planning and Operations

Buddy System

Installation

2020

Buddy System

Installation

2020

Buddy System

Installation

2020

Buddy System

Installation

2020

Buddy System (Video) 

Installed video, playing on cell phone and ipad, on Rutgers University official charging station

2020

Buddy System (Video) 

13:40min 

2020 

Buddy System (Sign)

Installed near other emergency signage  

2020 

Buddy System (Sign)

Screenprint on plastic sign

2020

Buddy System (Instructions) 

Digital and embossed prints in English, Spanish, and English contracted Braille, on a Claridge Vin-Tak bulletin board, with pushpins and sticker  

2020

Buddy System (Photo) 

Digital print of a fire-door medallion, wooden frame, label

2020 

Buddy System (Flag) 

Rutgers University felt pennant, wooden dowels, duct tape, air 

2020

Pacing (For Mason Gross) 

Projected video, paint on walls 

2020

Pacing (For Mason Gross) 

Projected video, paint on walls 

2020 

Pacing (For Mason Gross) 

Video 

2020 

What Goes Up Must Come Down 

Patched and repaired walls, cleaned floor, tire marks, hair, photo 

2020 

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Patched and repaired walls, cleaned floor, tire marks, hair, photo

2020 

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Patched and repaired walls, cleaned floor, tire marks, hair, photo

2020 

What Goes Up Must Come Down (Reproduction) 

Photo of wall at my seated eye-level, hung above at gallery standard height

2020 

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