Experimental Station takes on Concealed Carry

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Assistant to the Editor

Experimental Station is accepting proposals for responses to Illinois’ new Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which will legalize guns in public spaces next January.

Proposals may be for drawings, websites, paintings architecture, sculpture, performance and conceptual works. The call for proposals, due Dec. 6, will be followed by a planned on-site exhibit of them in January and two public conversations on the law moderated by Steve Edwards, director of programming at the University of Chicago institute of Politics.

“We’re the last state in the country to adopt this, but it really reflects a sea change in that we think about civic life and the way that we inhabit public spaces,” said Experimental Station Executive Director Connie Spreen. “Our experience of those public spaces is going to be very different.”

Spreen said the program was inspired by a June meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn during which concealed carry legislation which discussed. “After that conversation, we were reflecting further about what that would be like if artists and designers and architects started thinking about how this would impact us.”

The range of accepted proposals is wide, according to Spreen, who said it can even include designs for clothes and gun-free spaces. “We’re leaving it very open for people to interpret this next context in which we find ourselves,” Spreen said.

Proposals may be sent by mail to Experimental Station c/o Concealed Carry Project, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago, IL 60637 or via e-mail to info@experimental station.

Proposals will be on display at Experimental station from Jan. 9 to Jan. 23 and may also be exhibited at the downtown headquarters for The Joyce Foundation, which is providing funding the project.