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Philippe Quesne Bivouac

360 Smith Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn MAP

Audiences are invited to embark on a bus tour around Red Hook harbor in Brooklyn led by Philippe Quesne, who uses his position as tour guide to encourage the group to shift their attention to the poetic or strange elements in the landscape, including a particular focus on the Manhattan skyline as seen from afar. Eventually arriving at an unusual, highly theatrical location, the group is invited to take part in a series of tableaux vivants orchestrated by the artist. These are staged as both adventures and as opportunities for Quesne to document images of curious audiences looking for meaning. Quesne's performances investigate the powers of rumor and mythology that surround events, and often contrast atmospheres of mystery and magic with moments of mundanity and awkwardness. This theatrical experiment plays on the fine line between fiction and reality, seducing audiences into an alternative understanding of their environment.

Bivouac is a Performa Premiere curated by Charles Aubin. Co-presented with Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation.


Arrive in Style with Uber to Bivouac
We're thrilled to have partnered with the on demand transportation service Uber to provide new Uber users a free ride (up to $40) to or from Philippe Quesne's Bivouac.

How does it work? Using Uber's free iPhone/Android/Blackberry 7 app (or the mobile web app at m.uber.com), you can request a pickup and a car driven by a professional driver will show up in minutes. Your credit card is billed directly for your trip and there's no need to tip, so you won't need to carry cash. You can even see the car coming towards you on a map!

Follow these simple steps to get $40 off your ride:
1) Download the free Uber iPhone/Android/Blackberry 7 app (or sign up at uber.com/go/Bivouac40)
2) Enter your information in the Uber app and promo code Bivouac40 when you sign up.
3) Request a ride 5 - 15 minutes before you need one. $40 will be applied towards your first ride on uberX, UberBLACK, or UberSUV (excluding taxi, expires November 4, 2013, US only).

Already riding with Uber? Use promo code Bivouac20 to receive 20% off your ride the day of the event (up to $10).

Questions? Check out uber.com/nyc or email supportNY@uber.com.


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