The Wide Open School programme states:
“THE ARTISTPedro Lasch(b.1975, Mexico City, Mexico)Pedro Lasch’s art involves public interventions, social interactions and ‘temporal arrangements’. The range of his projects encompasses anti-monuments, language games, radio works, lunch events and experimental workshops, as well as work in more conventional media. ‘I see my work as a consecutive set of acts and ideas that complement and interrupt the flow of the everyday,’ he says. ‘It’s a chain of routine-breaking routines.’ Many of his early projects involved the Latino population of New York’s Queens area, and explored international politics, migration and what it means to be American.
Lasch divides his time between teaching at Duke University, North Carolina, and leading projects with immigrant communities and art collectives in New York. He is a founding member of 16 Beaver, an artists’ project based in New York’s Financial District, which organises events, presentations, talks, conversations, screenings and political actions. Pedro Lasch has exhibited his own work internationally and is participating in Documenta XIII in Kassel this summer.
Vertical Flâneur : A Journey Through Non-Linear Space and Time
Held on board of a capsule of the EDF Energy London Eye, this workshop on non-linear space and time combines live aerial views from the EDF Energy London Eye with the use of optical and perceptual devices designed by Pedro Lasch.The artist will discuss London’s historical role – as the heart of a naval empire, and the place that set the global clock by Greenwich Mean Time – as the leading manufacturer and exporter of rational, linear time. As this workshop unfolds during the London Eye’s ascent and descent, consideration of key London landmarks in the history of time are contrasted with a collective experiment against the temporal linearity they have instilled. Participants use mirror masks – 8inch x 11inch mirrors with holes for eyes and mouth – designed by Lasch to intervene in individual, social and historical habits of perception and thought. ”