One is Fritz Haeg's installation at X Initiative in Chelsea that involves 8,000 square feet of domed tent space made available for spontaneous, temporary habitation. Haeg's letter, widely disseminated to his "dearest friends in New York" is an invitation to "make yourself at home." THE DOME COLONY is
The comparison of these two projects articulates a divided reading on the cultural potential of tent cities. While there is a certain appeal to action in Haeg's indoor work and a resounding echo apart of Norman's outdoor installation, I'm not sure what to make of either project. Do they do what they intend to do? How do they operate within the context of an art exhibition? What is the rift between actual use and symbolic gesture? What is the social history of the tent city? Is it a collective story or is the cultural significance of tents and tent cities as divergent as these two projects?