Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley

The Newcomers

28 Liberty

28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005

Entrance is at 25 Pine Street, corner of William Street

Free and open to the public all day

American architects and artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley present The Newcomers, a durational architectural performance that spans both time and distance with responsive and ambulatory forms of habitation. Joined by collaborators Lena Kouvela and Sarah Burns, the group builds and lives in an evolving nomadic structure that changes each day from temporary home to makeshift bridge in order to reach the next day’s supplies along their route. The same materials are reconstituted into a shelter where they spend the next night before moving again, challenging the discipline of architecture to think beyond permanence. 

Image credit: Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, The Newcomers, 2017. Photo © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.


Co-presented by Fosun/28 Liberty. Supported by the Performa Commissioning Fund. Special thanks to Blackwell.

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