2014 was a fruitful year for iLAND filled with new growth, sharing among the community, and fallow time. As we enter 2015 we reflect on highlights from our past year.
We relish in the fallow time that was created during theMovement Research Spring Festival/iLAND Symposium. There was talking, walking, poetry reading, dancing and listening to wild sounds of the night out at Floyd Bennet Field during two days of unstructured time. We were joined by the Thabiso Heccius Pule and Thami Manekehla from South Africa, who gave a stunning performance walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. There were various free workshops and open processes, a discussion/meal with Justine Lynch and Tom MaCauley ofMountain, a rambunctious night of performing at Issue Project Room, and more. Check out the Hadley Smith’s blog about the festival.
This year iLAND initiated the iLANDing Laboratories as a vehicle to support continuations of the community’s interdisciplinary collaboration. From March through July, Laboratories such as kayaking to White Island in Jamaica Bay, stargazing in Inwood Park and a poetic walk across the Willis Ave bridge were offered. These workshops expanded the iLAND community and provided an opportunity for artists and scientists to develop ideas from past residencies in New York City’s urban ecology.
This year Live Dancing Archive was remounted at New York Live Arts and The House is Open Exhibit at Bard College. Niall Jones, Tatyana Tenenbaum and Val Oliveiro joined the original cast and their generous creative contribution allowed for Live Dancing Archive to continue to evolve. Thanks to all of you joined the celebration and toast on opening night! If you missed it, check out the New York Times review and the Brooklyn Rail review.
LAND partners with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to support three iLAB Residencies this year. Last Summer we hosted three workshops that initiated this new program, which will engage interdisciplinary artists, activists, and local community members. The project focuses on the East River Waterfront/Pier 42 and is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation’s Building Demand for Audiences grant.