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Best Place To Table-Dance at a Family Reunion: Austin Open Room

Best Place To Table-Dance at a Family Reunion: Austin Open Room
PHOTO BY Jana Birchum

Relational Aesthetics is that nebulous, highly intellectual, international art movement that makes art out of meals, chance meetings, and art world elite glad-handing. Relational Aesthetics has come to Austin, sans obtuseness. Commissioned by Austin's Art in Public Places, Open Room Austin by R&R Studios (Miami artist team Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar), is a large metal picnic-style table, complete with a laser-cut "lace" tablecloth, surrounded by a group of treelike lamps. It's meant to be used for meet-ups, dinners, family reunions, and impromptu table dances to the latest Robyn single (what?!). In truth, it's more like an adult-friendly design playground. In other words, this "social sculpture" is fun. Fun! Art! Imagine. We look forward to the artworks and events that are inspired by this new addition to Sand Beach Park. Fuck the 360 Bridge and Mount Bonnell – with a view of the lake and the defunct power plant, we suggest this as the location of your next hot date. It worked for us.

Open Room
Sand Beach Park, 512/974-9314
www.cityofaustin.org/aipp/aipp_detail.cfm?art=526

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