Claire Wood & Gabriel Fries-Briggs: Citywoods

Claire Wood and Gabriel Fries-Briggs were trained as architects. Their work shies away from novel form-making in favor of uncovering unfamiliar forms in everyday rituals, experiences, and environments. Refusing to believe that urban life is as rigid as it can appear, their projects try to make the city more flexible, looser, squishy, and slow. Working through drawing, video, text, web, and built work, they create projects that can fit hundreds of people, fit in a pocket, or barely exist at all. They live and work in New York and New Jersey.

Collected portraits of the Dresden trees will tell a story about the city. Over the course of a week we will be gathering tree-portraits, both through our own research and with help from participants’ documents and stories. Amassed in a video installation, the collection of portraits will aggregate over the week to make a new forest for the city of Dresden.