Consume is an improvised mobile bar that has no fixed time, location or staff. It may generally be found by word of mouth and operates primarily in the public space, sometimes tied into an art event and at other times by appropriating a part of the city for its own purposes.
The serial Consume bar was initiated in early November 1991 by three architecture students of the Frankfurt Städelschule, Jim Dudley, Christian Pantzer and Tony Hunt, primarily to provide a locus for interaction between the disciplines of art and architecture.
The hardware of the bar, standing as a metaphor for architecture, consists of a Bricolage of junk, essentially an old surfboard which is balanced on crates of beer. As the bar is mobile, at times even self-propelled, the locations become part of software along with the customers with their various alcoholic and musical lubrications.
The classical hierarchy of architecture in relation to its users and location, or Genius Loci, is turned around so that the ultimate shaper is no longer the architect but the throng of the customers themselves. This has been known to be rather unsettling, but we persist.
Christian Pantzer, *1962, Studium an der HfBK Städelschule-Architekturklasse 1989 - 1993, lebt und arbeitet in Frankfurt.
Tony Hunt, *1964, Studium an der Univeristy of Brighton 1985 - 1988, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture London 1989-1991, HfBK Städelschule Architekturklasse 1991 - 1993, lebt und arbeitet in Frankfurt und London.
Daniel Kohl, *1967, Studium der Bildenden Kunst an der Cooper Union in New York City 1986 - 1991 und an der HfBK Städelschule 1992 - 1997 bei Thomas Bayrle, lebt und arbeitet in Frankfurt.
James Dudley *1966, Born in Tooting South London. Studied at Bath University, Bartlett school of Architecture, University College London and Stadelschul Architekturklasse 1991-92. Lives and Works in Zurich as a creative director for spatial communication.