Clambake is a gathering for designers, creatives, and those who like design and want to know more. It’s a time to get together, network, and hear about some of the cool new design work that is happening in RI. Two presenters from two different design disciplines present each month. Presentations are generally 15 minutes followed by Q&A.
In 2018, we are traveling around RI to find a new home for Clambake. Find us throughout the state this year!
Check out the facebook event to see the work of our presenters, and register!
Alban Bassuet is an internationally recognized venue and installation designer, theater planner and acoustician. He founded PresenceLab, LLC in Rhode Island in 2017. Before that, he practiced for 15 years at the design and engineering firm Arup in New York.
Alban has created the venue concepts and designed the acoustics of some of the most innovative venues in the world such as the new Greek National Opera House, Le Rosey Concert Hall in Switzerland, or the Taipei Pop Music Center in Taiwan. Recognized for pushing the boundaries of representation of the arts, he has collaborated on installation projects with artists such as James Turrell, Ensamble Studio, Ai Wei Wei, Philip Glass, Mark di Suvero, Patrick Dougherty, and Stephen Vitiello. Alban’s work also finds inspiration in his earlier research work at IRCAM and from his academically recognized research study of historical European music spaces.
Most recently, Alban was the executive director of the revolutionary 10,000-acres Tippet Rise Art and Music Center in Montana, awarded as the 2017 world-wide museum of the year, where he led the new facility’s planning and design and contributed to the curating and sitting of artwork and music programming.
Barnaby Evans is an artist, designer, developer, thought leader and consultant who uses his experience in many fields and media to create original solutions in planning, public art, public space, environmental resiliency and urban interfaces. Originally trained as a scientist focusing on environment and ecology, Evans creates original art works and design solutions involving major urban interventions, site-specific sculpture installations, photography, landscape, architectural and design projects, writing, and conceptual works. Evans combines his technical and ecological expertise, an awareness of spatial psychology, his sensitivity as an artist and a design philosophy to create unique solutions to public art and urban issues.
Evans created WaterFire in Providence in 1994 as part of an effort to rebrand and re-establish Providence as a destination. Frustrated by the intense negativity of the local residents about their capital city and recognizing that the just finished award-winning river relocation plan and park would need pump priming to be an effective change agent, Evans designed WaterFire as a city-scale intervention that combines a design approach with aesthetics, land art, installation, site specific work, music, ritual and spectacle.
WaterFire is an ongoing non-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to inspire Rhode Island and its visitors, revitalize the urban experience, foster community and civic engagement and creatively transform the city for all to enjoy. Recently Evans has been involved in designing innovative climate resiliency approaches for Providence and developing the WaterFire Arts Center, a dramatic, award-winning transformation of a 1929 U.S. Rubber mill building into a contemporary art space that opened in 2017.
Evans received Providence’s Renaissance Award in 1997 and the 2003 Kevin Lynch Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in recognition for the impact of WaterFire on Providence. It was also honored with the 2003 Rudy S. Bruner Silver Award for Urban Excellence from the Bruner Foundation given to Providence for the renaissance of downtown. In 2010, Evans received the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award from the National Governors Association. In 2011, Evans and WaterFire were honored with the first RI Arts and Tourism Award, from Tiffany & Co., for his “Contribution to the Renaissance of Providence” and the RI Council for the Humanities’ 2011 Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities. In 2012, WaterFire was recognized with the award of a $454,000 grant from ArtPlace, a consortium of foundations focused on creating urban vibrancy.