In April 1995, a community of one thousand self-proclaimed deviant people all played safely together in a one night only event. The Deviant Playground is a site-specific interactive installation (with performance art) that focuses on body art/fetish/erotic ritual wherein the artists work to create a set - The Playground - for the audience to play on.
Created on the site for the show was a central adult-sized playground with swings, seesaws, an a sandbox filled with fake snow, as well as dozens of other play related art installations and performances.
2. EPHESIAN ARTEMIS (SPIEGEL)
The event was held at the CSV Cultural Center, a late 19th-century school
building turned art center on the Lower East Side of New York City. The
Playground stands out from other fetish because there is no line between the
audience and the performers. It has a carnival like quality: there is no main
stage, all the audio and lighting is atmospheric - many performances happen
simultaneously, at audience level, and no flat art or static sculpture is
The playground was a benefit for the New York Body Archive, Sandbox Magazine, and the CSV Cultural Center. The images were a presentation for Charles Gatewood, photographer/videographer of the fetish/sm/body art scene. He is producing a book that will include photographs from the show.
The Second Playground.
Quotes about the First Playground.
All photographs copyright Allan "Pogo" Spiegel for
Sandbox Magazine (except #2).
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