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This year we are taking a hiatus from both the iLAB residency program and the iLANDing Laboratories to focus our energies on developing the iLANDing archive. [Read more…] about Hiatus from iLAB residencies and iLANDing Laboratories
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Join our friends at the Waterfront Alliance for the ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina Parade of Boats!
Monday, October 5, 2015 | 6:00–7:00pm
Location: The performance begins at the southern end of Collect Pond Park
The first of three linked walking and talking performances about the city and its relationship to water. Visit the place where Collect Pond used to be, and imagine the city when it was the primary source of fresh drinking water and a place of leisure and escape.
Location: The walk begins at Foley Square and ends at Pier 42
The second of three linked walking and talking performances: walk the trail of the former Old Wreck Brook from Foley Square to the East River exploring the links between natural and engineered water systems.
Location: Pier 42
Enjoy arts activities for all ages, including a calligraphy workshop, a choral performance by members of the Open Door Senior Citizen Center, and movement sharing to explore the themes of Water and Immigration (for ages 7 and older).
Location: Starts at the Pier 42 welcome tent
The last of three walking and talking performances: travel from Pier 42 to the East River Amphitheater where ideas about what’s hidden–under our city, and in ourselves–take to the stage.
You are invited to help kick off the 3rd and final season of Paths to Pier 42 programming at the Spring Waterfront Celebration. Enjoy Spring on the East River Waterfront, pack a picnic, and participate in activities with the 2015 artist and designers. Free! All are welcome!
We’re thrilled that the Urban Backstage iLAB residency group will be sharing their research by leading two public engagement activities as part of this event. The day’s activities will include:
Which spaces in the city allow us to remove our masks, to make mistakes, to expose [or hide] things, thoughts and actions that may not be allowed elsewhere? What else lies behind the scenes? Join a walking and talking exploration of the waterfront where we will look at connections between the personal and the communal, and the informal and formal through space and language.
Time: Walks depart from the Pier 42 welcome tent at 1pm and 3pm and last up to one hour.
Route: Pier 42, Corlear’s Hook, East River Amphitheater and back to Pier 42
Artists: Julie Kline, Elliott Maltby, Clarinda Mac Low, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shaffner, Rachel Stevens. The Urban Backstage activities are part of iLAB East River.
Fluid Histories, Neighborhood Practices: Rehearsing a Changing Waterfront
a gathering around movement, science and the environment in New York City
Fluid Histories, Neighborhood Practices: Rehearsing a Changing Waterfront
a gathering around movement, science and the environment in New York City
April 18 2015 | 12 pm – 6 pm
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council: Goldie Chu Community Room | 82 Rutgers Slip NY, NY
Fluid Histories, Neighborhood Practices: Rehearsing a Changing Waterfront
a gathering around movement, science and the environment in New York City
April 17 2015 | 6pm – 8 pm
The South Street Seaport Museum: Melville Gallery | 213 Water Street New York NY
Panel & Discussion | Reception to follow
iLAND announces its seventh annual Symposium – Fluid Histories, Neighborhood Practices: Rehearsing a Changing Waterfront – a gathering around movement, science and the environment in New York City. [Read more…] about Save the Date: Symposium 2015
2015 iLANDing Laboratory Program
Following the successful inaugural year of the iLANDing Laboratory Initiative, we had the pleasure of programing a second year. The 2015 iLANDing Laboratory Program occuipied the Spring and Summer seasons with a series of experimental workshops/laboratories designed by members of the iLAND community and those who are aligned with the values of iLANDing. [Read more…] about 2015 iLANDing Laboratory Program
Led by Dillon deGive
Sunday February 22 1pm & Thursday April 9 at 7pm
On Sunday February 22 participants will explore terrain that “Hal” the 2006 New York City coyote occupied during his stay in Manhattan. Working with the input of an expert, we will mimic the path that a resident coyote of Central Park (if there was one) might walk while considering the intersections of the urban and natural. Meet us at Central Park at 103rd Street and Central Park West, accessible via the B and C subway.
From April 4-6 Dillon de Give will hike for three days with a small group to trace Hal’s possible route. This journey will connect Central Park with the wilderness via green space corridors. A team will be assembled in the months prior to the walk. If you are interested or want to learn more see more please visit: https://coyotewalks.wordpress.com/
On Thursday April 9 participants in the longer Coyote Walk invite you to join several short walking and movement exercises and to discuss the findings of their journey. As the workshop progresses, we will make our way north through Central Park. This session is formatted to accommodate mixed leadership and dialogue amongst the group. Please come with one story of an animal encounter (grand or banal). Meet us outside Hallett Nature Sanctuary in Central Park. We’ll be at the bottom of the stairs just inside the park, north of Central park South and 6th Ave.
Dillon de Give is an artist and educator acting in a spirit of humane experimentalism, staging subtle alterations to everyday performances such as walking or telling jokes. His work is based in research and social exchange. He has presented with The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Portland Art Museum, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Proteus Gowanus, Flux Factory, Catch! Performance Series, Guapamacátaro (Michoacán, Mexico), and The Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe, NM among others. Dillon is a co-founder of the Walk Exchange, a cooperative group that develops creative and educational group walks. His long-term Coyote Walk project investigates footpaths between the city and the wild. His recent publication Do I Know What I’m Doing? is a study of the intersection of liability insurance and socially engaged art. Dillon was a writer and Thinker in Residence for the Art in Odd Places Festival in 2014. He holds a BS in Film from Northwestern University and an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University. He lives, works and helps to raise a child in Brooklyn, NY.
JUST LIKE THAT | Led by Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky
Saturday April 11 1-4pm | Guest Star Ebony Noelle Golden
Sunday April 12 1-4pm | Guest Star Nicole Bindler
How can we use what we know from the dance floor – whether in the studio, at the club, on stage, or in ritual spaces – in street actions for justice? in collective decision-making? in the many spaces we move through as socially engaged inhabitants of our city? What happens when we take ‘the choreography of social movements’ seriously, and work to develop it as a way of getting things done concretely?
Each afternoon we will explore different aspects of embodied knowledge and political movement, through bodily experimentation in the studio and in public space. Guest stars Ebony Noelle Golden (Saturday) and Nicole Bindler (Sunday) will guide us through their ongoing work and new experiments. We’ll try out street tactics for confrontational situations; collaborative approaches to bodily presence in public space that trouble the line between symbolic and material impact; somatic strategies for staying connected to ourselves and our aims; and improvisational tools to cultivate non-verbal group communication and decision making. We’ll test new hypotheses and adapt old ones to new circumstances. We’ll articulate what our bodies already know, and develop ways of building on it through both words and movement.
April 11: Ebony Noelle Golden’s Fire/Water: Performance Beyond Protest is an intensive cultural organizing and solo performance workshop for artists and non-artists invested in everyday performances of love, vision, resistance, and renewal. The session, comprised of unique blend of socio-cultural devised performance and creative design, culminates in a sharing of community-sourced tools and boundary-pushing performances for radical community transformation. We will meet at Kymberle Project (1332A Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216). Take the A, C, or S to Nostrand Station.
April 12: Nicole Bindler will facilitate experiments with somatics and improvisational performance practice in the context of political action. We will investigate how the skills of the dance-artist translate into the street. We’ll begin in a quiet studio with a Body-Mind Centering® warm-up focusing on the experiential anatomy of the skeleton. This somatic practice will prepare us for engagement with others. Then we’ll do simple contact improvisation partnering to integrate the skeletal work with another person. We’ll increase the size of the groupings until we are dancing all together in ensemble. Then we’ll go outside and see how we can maintain the grounding and clarity of our studio practice in the street. With more sensory stimulation, we’ll notice when we become saturated and develop strategies to stay connected to ourselves and our underlying purpose. We’ll use the tools of improvisational performance practice to cultivate non-verbal group communication and decision making in the moment. We will meet at Tesseract (22 Midwood St, Brooklyn, NY 11225). Take the Q, B, or S to Prospect Park Station.
Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky is a cultural worker and organizer based at Brooklyn’s Glitter House. Can’t stop picking things up on the street and making other things out of them – outfits, collectives, performances, barricades, meals… Never learned how to make art for art’s sake; rarely likes working alone. Multi-generational radical and queer – just another gendertreyf apikoyrus mischling fem dyke who identifies with, not as. JUST LIKE THAT draws on experience as an on-stage dancer, a going-out-dancing dancer, and a participant in street actions over two decades, as well as puppetry and spectacle theater work. Recent projects have included “Hysterical Translations” (solo work at Dixon Place); “The Greatest Show on Earth in a Cardboard Box” (with Ariel Speedwagon, at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics’ 2014 Encuentro); J Dellecave’s “Angry Women REvisited” (HERE Performing Arts Center & Dixon Place’s HOT Festival); several endeavors with choreographer Abigail Levine; and co-editing “Dreaming In Public: Building the Occupy Movement” with Amy Schrager Lang. Ongoing work includes continuing the Critical Reperformance series (so far including works by Schneeman, Jonas, Warhol, and Abramović); hitting the streets with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra’s Tactical Spectacle dance & performance team; creating radical Jewish extravaganzas with the Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee; and Palestine solidarity work with the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists & Cultural Workers Council.
Ebony Noelle Golden believes “we are the ones, we have been waiting for,” as June Jordan’s prophetic line of poetry continues to remind us. Golden, a Houston, Texas native, works at the intersecting pathways of arts, culture, and education with individuals and organizations pushing for community-powered cultural change. Ebony is a cultural strategist, facilitator, performance artist and poet. She has been awarded fellowships from Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Cave Canem Foundation, to name a few. Her creative work has been anthologized, staged, and taught nationally and has recently been presented and produced by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and Bronx Academy of Art and Dance. After a stint as a literature and creative writing professor in Durham, North Carolina, she decided her talents as an organizer, public scholar, and creative artist would be better spent activating “radical expressiveness with community.” In 2011, Ebony funneled her passion for entrepreneurship, youth development, culture shift, justice, education and the arts into Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC, a cultural arts direct action group based in Harlem.
BDAC specializes in cultural and performance art curation, dramaturgy, devising, and staging of theatrical works for stage and public spaces, as well as offering a wide range of organizational and community development support. The company is named after her now retired mother, professor, and community organizer, Dr. Betty Ann Sims. The group boasts an impressive roster of collaborators that includes some of the nation’s most forward-moving institutions which includes: Alternate Roots, 651 Arts, MAPP International, Urban Bush Women, National Black Theatre, The Highlander Center for Research and Education, Youth Development Institute, The Laundromat Project, Cool Culture, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers.
Ebony Noelle Golden earned a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Texas A&M University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing-Poetry from American University, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.bettysdaughterarts.com.
Nicole Bindler is a body-based performing artist whose work is inspired by her training in new dance, dance-theater, Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Body-Mind Centering®, Yoga, and Feldenkrais. Her work has been shown throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Berlin, Tokyo, Beirut, Mexico and Quito, Ecuador. Her work has been supported by Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (through Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts), the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, FringeArts, Philadelphia Dance Projects and the Community Education Center. Bindler holds a B.A. in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga and Somatic Movement Education from the School for Body-Mind Centering. She is on the adjunct faculty at University of the Arts and Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council, a member of Mascher Space Cooperative, a writer for thINKingDANCE and one half of the duo The Dance Apocalypse. http://www.nicolebindler.com
Collect Pond: The Urban Backstage
Led by Elliott Maltby and Theo Barbagianis
Saturday June 20, 2015 from 2:30pm-4:30pm
Lower Manhattan, meeting at Capsouto Park
The walk will explore the Urban Backstage in the context of the history of Collect Pond and NYC’s water infrastructure. We will examine the inter-connection of ecological and social histories, the changing perspectives and strategies in relation to water, and the notion of the backstage as it relates to both of these themes. The backstage is where urban residents can rehearse, rather than perform; where proscriptive programming is minimal, allowing for a more individually defined, and perhaps more intimate, use of public space. The backstage is the counterpoint of branded public space, a space to be found and explored, to wonder about, to wander around, a place to speculate. It is a provisional place, one for testing ideas, to practice imperfectly. A survey of New York City backstage spaces demonstrates a common pairing of productive spontaneous ecologies and aging infrastructure. This has led to thinking of the city’s urban infrastructure as another kind of backstage space, where the mechanics of how the city works are generally hidden.
Please bring water and comfortable walking shoes.
Elliott Maltby is also a founding partner of thread collective and an Visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program at Pratt Institute. She believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of urban public space; she is particularly interested in how communities co-opt and transform derelict and peripheral sites throughout New York City. Working both in academic settings and within a collaborative design firm , she is actively engaged in the dialogue of theory and practice. thread’s current work includes lowlands, a design proposal looking at improving the social and ecological performance of the Red Hook Houses’s open space through green infrastructure. Additionally, she has been an active board member of iLAND [interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Design] since 2009.
thread collective is an multi-disciplinary design studio in Brooklyn, NY with a strong commitment to sustainability. thread explores the seams between building, art, and landscape, stitching the diverse elements of the built environment to their ecological and social context through innovative design and research. Elliott Maltby has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in urban design; Mark Mancuso and Gita Nandan received Master’s degrees in Architecture. Hybridization is integral to their practice, and the studio has served as a platform for collaboration with a broad range of designers, artists, scientists, and policy makers.
Theo Barbagianis is a Project Engineer for eDesigns Dynaimcs, NY. He performs calculations, modeling, and analyses relating to hydraulics and hydrology and manages the design and construction of green infrastructure projects throughout New York City. His projects include assisting in the design and managing the construction of a treatment wetland in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, designing a bioretention facility in Bronx River Park in The Bronx, and designing over 20 right-of-way bioswales in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Theo performed research as a graduate student on the use of green infrastructure in urban stormwater management as well as on the spatiotemporal impact of wastewater point sources on nitrogen pollution. Theo has also worked for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, where he managed the design and construction of pumping station upgrades throughout the five boroughs. Theo holds a B.S. in Chemical (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Southern California and an M.E. in Civil Engineering, with a focus in environmental engineering and water resources, from The City College of New York. He is also a licensed professional engineer in New York and Connecticut.
Use Values: Re/Imagining Urban Waste
Led by Zena Bibler, Katarina Jerinic, and Juliette Spertus
Saturday May 2 1-4pm & Sunday May 10 1-5:30pm
This two-part workshop takes place on a leftover piece of land at Exit 30 off the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a site maintained by volunteers through the Adopt-A-Highway program which, according to the program’s mission, is devoted to “beautification or other aesthetic-related activities.” During the workshop, we will use this location as a laboratory for exploring the role of waste, refuse, and acts of discarding in the formation of the urban landscape. We will play along the spectrum of owning, consuming, and throwing away, and follow the paths of objects beyond the moment at which they are initially discarded. In addition to studying the combination of systems that act on the landscape, we will take time to reorganize and reimagine the site through functional and aesthetic lenses. Finally, we will host an open house to share food and discussion with other workshop participants and visitors.
May 2 1-4pm: Collect & Analyze In this first session, we will examine the ways the site is shaped by the movements of animate and inanimate material in and around the island triangle. What are the discernible forces acting on the site? How does this site participate in broader urban ecosystems? We will document our findings in the form of movement scores and maps that will be shared with future visitors in a letterbox onsite.
May 10 1-4pm(Open House 4-5:30PM): Sort & Select In the second session, we will clean the site—collecting, re-organizing, and displaying discarded material. In addition to working with our observations of the site as we encounter it, we will also develop other possible uses for the site and its materials. We will conclude the session with an open house for visitors to experience the re-organized space and share food and discussion.
Please meet us directly at the site. Participants can take public transit to the site using either the G train to Classon Ave and walking to the site, or by taking the bus (B48, B69, or B44). Please wear clothing that covers your arms and legs and that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. We will be working with trash! Gloves will be provided. Bring any desired forms of documentation (camera, sketchpad, etc). We will provide all materials that are necessary, but participants are invited to contribute to documentation in their desired format.
Check out the Use Values Blog: http://usevalues.tumblr.com/ to see updates about the project.
Zena Bibler creates dance structures that use the moving body as a means of experiencing diverse environments, phenomena, and modes of being. Much of her recent activity is centered on collaborations with the Movement Party (co-founded in 2010 with Katie Schetlick). Her work has been presented at Movement Research, NADA Hudson, Gibney Dance Center, Dixon Place, Lublin International Dance Theatre Festival (Poland), Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Egypt), Museum Perron Oost (Netherlands), and Sesc Vila Mariana (Brazil). Her dance films have been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Films Association, and Moviehouse Brooklyn, and have screened nationally and internationally. As a teaching artist, she has developed workshops in the areas of sensory attunement, improvisation, choreographic viewing, and integrated techniques for Fleet Moves Dance Festival, New York University, Yale University, University of Virginia, the Floating Library, and Studio 303 (Canada), among others. She has had the pleasure of dancing in the work of Katie Schetlick, Brandin Steffensen, Athena Kokoronis, Anne Zuerner, Steve Paxton, Mariangela Lopez, and the Movement Party.
Juliette Spertus is an architect and co-founder of ClosedLoops, an infrastructure strategic planning and development firm. Her experience as a designer in Boston and New York inspired her to explore the integration of invisible support infrastructures, including the networks that bring goods and remove wastes, into urban design. In 2010, she created the exhibit Fast Trash: Roosevelt Island’s Pneumatic Tubes and the Future of Cities and the online resource fasttrash.org. Fast Trash led to two NY state-funded studies on the costs and benefits of pneumatic waste collection in New York City, which she led with researchers from CUNY’s University Transportation Research Center. She has presented her research on waste and urban design in conferences, design studios, papers, and articles in the US and Europe. She received a BA in Art History from Williams College and an architecture degree from l’Ecole d’Architecture des Villes et des Territoires in Marne-la-Vallée, France.
Katarina Jerinic’s photography, mixed-media projects, and public space-based installations respond to and intervene in built environments in order to draw attention to our interactions with surrounding spaces. Jerinic has been a resident at MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (2008); the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (2010); Tokamak at Helsinki International Artist Program, Helsinki, Finland (2013); and the Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY (2003); and participated in the Bronx Museum of the Arts Artist in the Marketplace program (2005). Her work has been included in exhibitions and programs at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY (2014); Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2006); Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY (2009, 2010); Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY (2013); NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY (2009); BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2008, 2011, 2013, 2015); the Peekskill Project, Peekskill, NY (2012); the Conflux Festival, New York, NY (2010); Temple Gallery at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA (2011), as well as other spaces and places near and far. Jerinic’s collaborative, participatory project with Naomi Miller The Work Office (TWO), a re-interpretation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for New York City artists, has been awarded grants from the Black Rock Arts Foundation (2009), the Brooklyn Arts Council (2010), Chashama (2009), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space (2010), and the Times Square Alliance (2011). She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and BA from American University in history. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Community Examines Itself / Somatic Sense Collection with Typewriters
Led by Andrea Haenggi and Robert Neuwirth
Saturday April 25 1-4pm & Sunday April 26 1-4pm
The corner of Franklin Avenue & Fulton, Brooklyn
Join choreographer Andrea Haenggi and writer Robert Neuwirth for a 2-day research workshop in which participants acts as “somatic sensing poet scientists” of the public realm, noticing and engaging with the Crown Heights community’s social choreographic patterns to find its hidden narratives.
On Saturday, April 25, we will ask, “What do we want to collect and how do we want to collect it/embody it?” As we explore these questions through movement and play with manual typewriters we touch on time, space, atmosphere, character, actions, obstacle, and objects. On Sunday, April 26, we will return to the street to record, reconcile, and deepen our observations and discoveries. Our somatic writing documentation of this historic multi-ethnic neighborhood, whose diversity is being threatened by gentrification and development, will be compiled into an e-booklet, which will be available online under a creative commons license.
Meet at 1pm at the corner of Franklin Avenue & Fulton in Brooklyn, across from Dunkin Donuts at 1149 Fulton St. Take the C train to Franklin Avenue Station.
Andrea Haenggi (Swiss born) is a Brooklyn dance-based interdisciplinary conceptual artist, choreographer, performer, and teacher. Her current creative practice investigates the medium of the body, the visual culture and the site, giving each project the freedom to take diverse forms and evolve as its own ecosystem. Her live-performance projects aim to go beyond ”production” with a sense of participatory engagement and are concerned with issues such as power/powerlessness, consumerism, identity in diversity, and “why are we alive?” From 1998-2009, her company, AMDaT, deconstructed movement, visual design, site specificity, and technology to gain a new language of expression. Starting in 2010, she initiated Direct Action Flâneurs, a series of public performance interventions to question authorship and ownership. In 2013, she embarked on the 5-year project ‘1067PacificPeople’ by creating a place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for live-interactions to search for the value and diversity of the ‘body’. Her projects have been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, LMCC Sitelines Festival, World Financial Center Arts & Events, MASS MoCA, Boston Cyberarts Festival abroad at Tanzhaus Zurich, the New Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the SPAN (Lagos, Nigeria) among others, and in many public places in New York City. Honors include the Solothurn Dance Award (Switzerland, 2008), a Digital Fellowship (DTW, NYC, 2006), and a Trust for Mutual Understanding Grant (2005). She has taught somatic-dance workshops in the USA, China, Nigeria, and Switzerland and as a Certified Movement Analyst is on the faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.
Robert Neuwirth is a writer whose books on society and economy are helping to frame a new conception of equitable development. His most recent book, Stealth of Nations, explored the rise and promise of the underground economy. Shadow Cities, published in 2005, argued that shantytowns are normal urban neighborhoods and that governments should engage with the residents of these informal communities. His TED talks have been viewed by more than half a million people and his work has been featured in films, on radio and television, and in many publications. He has taught in the college program at Rikers Island, New York City’s jail, and at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a community organizer and studied philosophy. He is currently at work on a new book that probes the power of community to rein in the excesses of the free market.
Creating Habitat – One Year Later
Led by Kathleen McCarthy and Paloma McGregor
Thursday June 25 10am-2pm
A year after the laboratory at Soundview Park’s new salt marsh restoration, join us to examine the water quality of the Bronx River at this site. This iLAND laboratory will explore the function of wetlands in improving water quality and providing habitat. The event will include background readings, a walk through the site discussing the processes and functions of the four ecosystems present, physical interaction with the site by adding to or subtracting from the restoration at various scales, and creating movement which responds to the site physically and conceptually. Additionally, this year human impacts on the restoration may be evident. We will explore evidence of the human footprint and the challenges to protecting biodiversity in an urban environment.
Participants should plan to get dirty. Wear long pants and bring socks to wear with rubber boots (provided). Hats and sunscreen are necessary. Please also bring snacks and/or lunch and water.
Van transportation for 12 people will be leaving from Manhattan. Meet at El Museum del Barrio (1234 Fifth Ave between 104 & 105 St.) at 9am. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot!
We encourage you to review these readings about salt marshes and estuaries before Thursday:
This workshop is supported by and in partnership with the Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (http://www.nycgovparks.org/registration/nav). The Soundview Salt Marsh Restoration is funded in part by the New York State Department of State under the Clean Water-Clean Air Bond Act and the City of New York.
Kathleen McCarthy is a restoration ecologist working with the Natural Resources Group (NRG) of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Kathleen plans, manages, and oversees the implementation of wetland, riparian, and aquatic resource restoration projects. She received a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University with a concentration on urban ecology. The natural areas in New York City range from renowned habitats of Jamaica Bay to natural areas that are severely impacted by humans. Understanding the complexities of these ecological systems, and how to conserve biodiversity by maintaining or restoring ecosystem functions is the focus of Kathleen’s work. She believes that stewardship of our natural areas helps to inform our understanding of ecosystem functions, the larger environment, and our place within it. Before working as a full time scientist, Kathleen was an award-winning visual artist in New York City. Her work has been published, exhibited internationally, and commissioned for permanent public sites. Her most recent work was an investigation of animal vision.
Paloma McGregor is a choreographer, writer, and organizer living in Harlem. An eclectic artist, she has structured improvisation for a floating platform in the Bronx River, choreographed an Afro-futurist pop opera at The Kitchen and devised a multidisciplinary performance work about food justice with three dozen community members and students at UC Berkeley. She is director of Angela’s Pulse, which creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. Paloma’s work has been supported by grants and creative residencies from the Jerome Foundation; iLAND; Earthdance; Wave Hill; Voice & Vision; Dance Exchange; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Foundation for Contemporary Art. In 2012-13 she collaborated with Bronx-based environmental educator Damian Griffin on Follow the Water Walks, supported by an iLAND residency. Together, in consultation with ecologist Becky Boger, they developed interdisciplinary methods for engaging communities with their natural and man made landscapes using mapping, science, and dance. Paloma is a 2014-15 Artist In Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she will develop a solo iteration of her iterative performance project, Building A Better Fishtrap. The project, rooted in her 89-year-old father’s vanishing fishing tradition, examines what we take with us, leave behind and return to reclaim. Paloma toured internationally for six years as a dancer with Urban Bush Women, and continues to perform in her own work as well as project-based work with other choreographers, including Liz Lerman, Cassie Meador and Jill Sigman.
Photograph by Meredith Talusan
Kayak Expedition in Pelham Bay Park
Led by Charles Dennis
Sunday June 7 9am -12pm
Pelham Bay Park (Orchard Beach)
The expedition will begin at the kayak launch site at the northwestern end of Park Drive on the Orchard Beach parking lot. We will kayak from this point around Hunter Island, at the northern tip of the park, east around Courtney’s Bay Island, and back. Participants will be encouraged to take photos and videos during the expedition and Charles Dennis will combine these into a video document of the expedition.
Please meet us at the Orchard Beach Parking Lot on Park Drive. Kayaks will be available for participants to use through a generous partnership with HarborLAB. Participants can also bring and use their own kayak. Attendees should wear clothing that can get wet – shorts or a bathing suit are recommended as well as a hat and sunscreen. Appropriate footwear is also important – sandals, sneakers or water shoes to protect feet when walking in the water. Additionally, attendees should bring water and a sandwich or a snack; as well as any documentation materials they desire including sketchpads, cameras, and/or journals.
Attendance is limited to 10 people, dependent upon kayak availability. Please RSVP below to reserve a space.
Charles Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist, director/producer, video cameraman/editor, and proprietor of Charles Dennis Productions, a company that produces & distributes digital media content for artists and business clients. Charles is also an urban adventurer who frequently bikes, hikes, kayaks and skis in the outdoors of the five boroughs of New York City. A former dancer and choreographer, Charles has been an active participant in New York dance and performance scene since the 1970’s when he performed in theater director Robert Wilson’s early works including the original production of “Einstein on the Beach”. Charles co-founded Performance Space 122, one of this country’s most active presenters of new dance and performance in 1979. He created and performed solo and large group community-oriented performances at P.S. 122 and other venues from 1980-2000, receiving numerous fellowships. In 1994 Charles began to document dance and performance on video and to direct and produce an ongoing video series, “Alive & Kicking – New Directions in Dance and Performance” which is still being distributed to educational institutions. Since 2005, when he founded Charles Dennis Productions, Charles has shot and/or edited commercials, documentaries, music videos,promos and short films that explore the creative possibilities of digital video art. For more information about Charles Dennis visit charlesdennis.net
Above Middle Below
Led by Athena Kokoronis, Chris Kennedy, Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari, and Jan Mun
Sunday May 17 1-4:30pm
Above Middle and Below is a three-part laboratory dedicated to formulating ideas for an Open Movement score through collaboration facilitated by Leila Mougoui Bakhitiari (urban ecologist), Christopher Kennedy (teaching artist), Athena Kokoronis (choreographer), and Jan Mun (artist-scientist). Part One is dedicated to presenting and mapping Fort Greene Park’s social and ecological relationships. Part Two focuses on formulating and performing in an Open Movement score. Part Three is dedicated to conversation and archiving our collaboration together.
We will meet at the top of the hill at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park (look for the large quilt). Call Athena (347) 831-4051 to confirm location if weather is questionable. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes to move in. Participants are welcome to bring a paper, writing instruments, and drawing tools if desired. Please RSVP below.
Christopher Lee Kennedy is a teaching artist who works collaboratively with schools, youth, and artists to create site-specific projects that investigate queer identity, radical schooling, and material culture. These projects generate publications, research, performances, and ongoing exchanges that celebrate the collective knowledge of a place and its forgotten histories. Recent projects include an intergenerational free school in North Brooklyn called School of the Future, an ongoing dance project using fungi as a material and metaphor for connectivity (StrataSpore), and the Queer Explorers Club, a publishing platform for queer youth, designers and artists. Kennedy hails from the shores of Ocean County, New Jersey and has lived/worked for the past 4 years in Greensboro, NC where he served as the education curator for Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency program set inside a former thrift store. Kennedy is currently living in Brooklyn, NY where he is an Assistant Professor in art and design education at Pratt Institute. Kennedy holds a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a M.A. in Environmental Education from NYU, and a PhD in Education Studies from the University of North Carolina. http://christopherleekennedy.
Athena Kokoronis is a cross-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. Her works are usually collaborative, research-based and involve food, dance, and cloth. Her current project is the opening of a performance space, The Domestic Performance Agency, which will be launching this winter. Athenakoko@gmail.com
Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari is an urban ecologist currently working as a research assistant with the Natural Resources Group of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. She received a B.S. in Environmental studies with a focus on urban ecosystems from The New School. Her work with Parks focuses on urban forest health studies, and restoration efforts in NYC natural areas. She is also the co-chair of the urban forestry committee with Gowanus Canal Conservancy.
Jan Mun is a NYC-based media artist that creates social sculptures. Using a combination of artistic and scientific processes, Jan is an amateur mycologist, microbiologist, and beekeeper working in collaboration with communities to innovate ways to communicate with each other and the larger public.
Mar Sea Sol
Led by Meredith Drum, Grisha Coleman, and Estrella Payton
Sunday June 21 4-7pm & Sunday June 28 4-7pm
Mar Sea Sol will take place on two Sundays, June 21 and June 28, starting at 4pm and ending at 7pm in Pelham Bay Park. We will meet at the Salsa Sunday dance event on Orchard Beach, then stride along the famous beach, circumnavigate Hunter Island and engage in place-centering exercises at points along the way. We will hold mid and post activity discussions about the place immediately before us, discuss overlapping thoughts regarding personal, political and social representations of this location, and consider correlations to other seaside spots, particularly in the Caribbean. We will ruminate on perceptions of home and holiday; familiar and strange; city and country; belonging and nonconformity. An area of interest is in investigating the colonial history of the Bronx and that of various Caribbean Islands. What impacts of our colonial past are still in motion? Are these histories physically evident in our natural and cultural landscapes? Large bodies of water have surfaces impenetrable to our eyes; the sea can seem unknowable and intractable. Is this what keeps drawing us to it? How does this impact our time at the seaside and our sense of the history of these sites?
Activities will include somatic exercises – simple and accessible for all people – which will ground participants in body and in place. We will tune ourselves to the unique location and engage in sense mapping: colors (bathing suits, beach toys, birds); sounds (radios, cooking, playing); smells (suntan lotion, salty water, cooking); and skin sensations (temperature, heat, cool, wind, damp, dry). We will draw en plein air, observing human and non-human life, and the interchange between the two. Part of the walk will center on the beach, another on the nature trails. There will be a choice of activities, yet we will encourage all participants to salsa at our meeting spot – the Salsa Sundays dance floor at Orchard Beach.
Participants can take public transportation to Pelham Bay Park by taking the 6 train to the Pelham Bay Park station and walking to Bruckner Blvd and Wilkinson Ave. Take Bx12 Bus to Orchard Beach. Meet the group at Salsa Sundays at Orchard Beach at 4pm. We will have a bring-your-own picnic at the Orchard Beach picnic tables. We will supply simple basics: chips, fruit, cookies, water. Participants can either bring a protein or buy something at concession stands.
Estrella Payton is an artist living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. Her current work focuses on making visible the invisible barriers between people. Payton is an observer of people, especially their interactions with each other in a space. Her research on power and privilege, racial formation in the U.S., cultural conditioning, and systemic inequity combined with her lived experience as a Stateside Puerto Rican, drives her motivation to complicate physical spaces to reorient a viewer’s experience and perspective in an institutional space. Formally trained as a printmaker, her artwork explores the use building materials, drawn gestures, text, and collaged images to create physical barriers, constructed spaces, and installation experiences. Payton has exhibited nationally and has been the recipient of several non-traditional artist residencies. She was a participant of the Itinerate Summer, a 21-day walk along the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico, organized by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz of Beta-Local. Payton earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri (2007) and is expected to receive an MFA at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ (2015).
Grisha Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Movement, Computation and Digital Media at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School of Dance at Arizona State University [http://ame.asu.edu]. A dancer, composer, and choreographer in performance and experiential media systems, she is the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts in Media grant for the development of her current project, echo::system, recently presented at ISEA 2013, ArtxScience in Los Angeles and the New Media Art Triennial at the National Art Museum in Beijing, China. An invited research fellow/artist in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry , she was commissioned by the Robotics Institute at CMU to create a public, site-specific robot in Pittsburgh’s downtown. Reach! Robot, a public sound sculpture, a kinetic installation and a domain for public interaction and participation inspired by the conduction techniques of Butch Morris. A graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, with an MFA in Composition and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts, she danced as a member of the acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women [1990-1994], and subsequently founded the music performance group HOTMOUTH, which toured extensively nationally and internationally, and was nominated for a 1998 NYC Drama Desk Award for “Most Unique Theatrical Experience.” She is a member of the Board of Directors for Society of Dance History Scholars.
Meredith Drum makes linear documentaries, short fictions, experimental animations, interactive exhibitions, and mobile media projects. She has recently exhibited her work in New York City, Dubai, Mexico City, Rio, Brighton, Paris, Copenhagen, and Valencia. She regularly collaborates with artist Rachel Stevens. They have been commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to produce Fish Stories: community cookbook and environmental resource as part of the 2015 summer programs at Pier 42 in New York City. She and Stevens are also producing Oyster City – a constellation of projects and events that draw attention to the relationship between urban life and marine ecology, especially in relation to the history and future of oysters in NYC. One component of Oyster City is an AR walking tour and game featuring 3D objects and text in real space visible with an iOS device. Meredith’s research considering augmented reality, somatic communication and social critique has been published in scholarly journals including Media-N, spring 2012 (New Media Caucus), and AR(t) Magazine, winter 2013 (Royal Academy of Art, Netherlands). Drum is an Assistant Professor, School of Art, Arizona State University. She has also served as a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Originally from North Carolina, Drum lived in New York City for 14 years before moving to Arizona in 2013.
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.
As the year comes to a close, we write to reflect on the past year and to look forward to 2015. It is the time of year when we reach out to ask for your support which will be directed towards iLAND’s various public programs. Please consider giving a contribution to bolster the future of interdisciplinary collaboration in New York City.
Your support will sustain the eight iLANDing Laboratories scheduled for next Spring and Summer, the annual iLAND Symposium, and three iLAB Residencies that will activate areas along the East River (presented in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council). Jennifer Monson’s creative work will continue to develop through in tow – a new evening length work with DD Dorvillier, Zeena Parkins, David Zambrano, Susan Becker, Val Oliveiro, and Rose Kaczmarowski, that will have various residencies and performances throughout 2015 (including Rauschenberg at Captiva Island and Vermont Performance Lab).
Thank you for the many ways you have shown support for us in the past. We look forward to seeing you at an iLAND event in the spring!
iLAND Board & Staff
Monday November 10 at 8pm
Water± brings together Tony-Award winning directorKenny Leon, award-winning NPR Science CorrespondentChristopher Joyce, and award-winning theater writersArthur Yorinks and Carl Hancock Rux with an original sound score by acclaimed violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). The unique storytelling experience pairs actual coverage from NPR and WNYC news reports with live music and poetry.
Amy Eddings (WNYC)
Arun Rath (NPR)
Jason Dirden (A Raisin in the Sun)
Lucas Caleb Rooney (Boardwalk Empire)
Michele Shay (August Wilson’s Seven Guitars)
Tamela Alridge (One Life to Live)
Roberta Colindrez (Unforgettable, Girls)
Carl Hancock Rux (poet)
Daniel Bernard Roumain (composer and violinist)
Live Dancing Archive
Friday November 21 at 8pm, Saturday November 22 at 3:30pm, Sunday November 23 at 3:30pm
Fisher Center at Bard College
This fall Jennifer Monson will perform Live Dancing Archive at Bard College as part of The House is Open, an inquisitive and playful pop-up exhibition that transforms the Fisher Center will be transformed into a temporary museum, hosting the work of major artists who are working at the fast-changing intersection of the performing and visual arts. Jennifer Monson’s Live Dancing Archive is an evening-length performance featuring a visceral exploration of the dancing body as a physical archive of experience and place. Drawing from more than a decade of dance-based environmental research, Live Dancing Archive was choreographed using material from video documentation of the BIRD BRAIN Osprey Migration (2002)—an 8-week dance project along the Atlantic Flyway—as well as improvised scores accumulated over the past decade. Originally premiered at The Kitchen in 2012 as a solo, this newly remounted iteration will expand to feature three new collaborators, Niall Jones, TatyanaTenenbaum and Valerie Oliveiro along with Monson and composer Jeff Kolar, lighting designer Joe Levasseur and costume designer Susan Becker. The project is accompanied by a video installation by Robin Vachal and a digital archive by Josephine Young Jae Bae that query the process of archiving as well as the shifting nature of dance and environmental phenomena.
On Saturday the Fisher Center Coach will be taking a group from New York City to Bard for a round trip fare of $20. Buy tickets for the bus HERE.
Live Dancing Archive Opening Night Benefit Party
Wednesday October 15 at 9pm
We hope you’ll be able to join us to celebrate the evolution of iLAND by toasting Jennifer Monson after the opening night of Live Dancing Archive at New York Live Arts. On Wednesday, October 15, we’ll gather as a community for wine and light fare in the lobby of New York Live Arts immediately following the performance.
We’ll be hosting an auction with fantastic works of art and adventures donated by the iLAND Board. Some of the items up for bidding include:
Surfcasting Fishing Trip to Breezy Point with Elliott Maltby
Photographs by Meredith Ramirez Talusan
Embodied Rat Mapping Walk with Jason Munshi-South
Screen Prints by Sable Elyse Smith
Selected Bottles of Wine from John Monson
Tickets for the Opening Night Benefit Party are available for $25 HERE.
All tax-deductible proceeds will support the development of iLAND’s programs.
Tickets for Live Dancing Archive at New York Live Arts are available HERE.
Please note that performance tickets must be purchased separate from Benefit tickets.
All tax-deductible proceeds will support the development of iLAND’s programs.
We’re so grateful for your generous support of these endeavors and hope to see you on October 15 to celebrate together.
The iLAND Board
Barbara Bryan – Kate Cahill – Carolyn Hall – Elliott Maltby – Jennifer Monson – John Monson – Sable Elyse Smith – Jason Munshi-South – Meredith Ramirez Talusan – Or Zubalsky
Off the Grid
Saturday September 27 3:30-6:30pm
The Studio Museum in Harlem
In anticipation of Charles Gaines’s first live performance of Manifestos 2 (2013) at the Museum of Modern Art, join us for a workshop and field trip beginning with a brief tour of Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989, followed by an interactive movement exercise enacted as participants travel to MoMA in time for the performance and discussion.
Led by Elliott Maltby—a designer and founding partner of thread collective, a collaborative design studio that explores the seams between building, art and landscape—the movement workshop will encourage participants to adapt and apply the arbitrary, rule-based systems that underpin Gaines’s works. Participants will animate the unique grid of Manhattan, calling on and channeling the themes of conceptualism that will be explored more in depth in MoMA’s theater by panelists Sean Griffin, Stuart Comer, Naima J. Keith and Charles Gaines himself.
The tour and movement workshop are free with Studio Museum admission and will begin in the Museum lobby. Participants will, however, need to pay for their own subway fare. For more information click here.
Please RSVP to email@example.com to reserve a space!
For tickets to Charles Gaines: Manifestos II at MoMA, please visit http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/tickets/events/21846.
Numbers and Trees III, Shucks #11, 1987
Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, and
pencil on paper
50 ½ × 42 × 6 in.
Collection of Jay and Diana Moss
Request for Proposals – 2015 iLANDing Laboratories Initiative
Dear iLAND Community Members,
Following the successful inaugural year of the iLANDing Laboratory Initiative, we are pleased to announce that the program will continue for a second year. The 2015 iLANDing Laboratories will continue in an experimental format as a series of workshops/laboratories designed by members of the iLAND community as well as those with a strong interest in proposing a Laboratory that aligns with iLAND’s mission and the values of iLANDing (for more information please see appendix below). The Laboratories will serve as focused forums and platforms for a reflective, advanced discourse around urban ecology, kinesthetic experience, and new approaches to interdisciplinary creative processes and draw on the history of iLAND programming which has been cultivated over the past eight years through the iLAB Residency program, iLAND Symposia, and the development of the iLANDing Method.
This Request for Proposals is open to all past iLANDing Laboratory participants, iLAB Residents, iLAB applicants, Symposium participants and others with a strong interest in proposing a workshop that aligns with the values of iLAND. New combinations of collaborators are welcomed and encouraged. Past iLANDing Laboratory residents are welcome to reapply for continued support in order to deepen into the process of a previously presented workshop. Laboratories should take on the structure (forum, workshop, walk, charette, tour, discussion, performance, potluck, experiment) and duration (two hours, two days, a month of Sundays), which will best support the proposed investigation. Laboratories will take place between March-July 2015.
An honorarium of $250 will be awarded to accepted proposals to assist in covering workshop expenses. iLAND will assist with online and print promotion for the Laboratories and provide planning support and mentorship in designing the laboratories
Proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20, 2014. Please limit your proposal to a two pages and send as a PDF attachment. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Monson at 917-860-8239 or email@example.com. Final decisions will be announced on November 20, 2014.
We hope these workshops will provide an opportunity to share your current work and interests as well as to revisit and expand upon ideas that might have been initially explored during previous iLANDing Laboratories, iLAB Residencies, and/or iLAND Symposia.
iLAND Board & Staff
APPENDIX: iLANDING CORE VALUES
iLANDing is a collaborative methodology that is constantly evolving as it is practiced.
iLANDing Core Values: The exchange of knowledge through collaborative process; engagement with landscape/system or site as an active collaborator; the re-orientation of knowledge production through embodied, kinetic experience; fostering innovative connections across disciplines in order to gain new perspectives and understandings of complex systems; integration with public discourse as a means to craft and activate ethical, indeterminate practices that value the reciprocal nature of human actions and natural systems.
iLANDing is a platform to:
- explore, revise, and re-imagine and expand individuals’ understanding of their own disciplinary methods, practices and processes
- develop new interdisciplinary / hybrid methods and practices from the experiences of sharing process, language, and on-site experience
- engage the site/ecosystem as collaborator and in the long term shape an informed and in depth understanding of the relationship between the site and human action
- create meaningful public engagements that activate kinetic, as well as scientific approaches to understanding urban ecologies
In over ten years of iLANDing we have found that there are six components to every process that all interdisciplinary teams had to address in the process of working together.
Focus: Using a well-defined research topic to facilitate and inspire collaborative research
Research Methods: Exploring, using and re-crafting research methods from different disciplines as well as developing hybrid research practices in the process of working together
Common Language: Facilitating communication within the group when words have different meanings for people of different backgrounds
Component of Site: Working on (and with) a particular site and treating the site itself as a collaborator in the process; negotiating the relationship between working on site versus working remotely (such as studio)
Individual versus Collective: Finding a balance between individual space and working collectively
Documentation: How you document the process and capture moments of insight or inspiration when something new begins to emerge
For more information about the 2014 iLANDing Laboratory Program visit the program page HERE
We are so happy to hear that the Ridgewood Reservoir may be saved thanks to the continued efforts of environmental activists. The Ridgewood Reservoir in Queens is an important water supply source that is one of the few remaining areas of wilderness in the NYC metropolitan area. Earlier this year the NYC Parks Department proposed to build breaches in the reservoir, building roads, and cut down numerous trees in the area. After protests and petition from local activists, as well as increasing support from government officials, NYC Park officials have decided to change their plans and protect the reservoir. You can learn more about the Ridgewood Reservoir at their activist blog here.
iLAND supported iMAP (interdisciplinary Mobile Architecture Performance)/Ridgewood Reservoir with choreographer Jennifer Monson, architect Gita Nandan and landscape architect Elliott Maltby of thread collective, and composer Kenta Nagai. We’re thrilled that this incredible site will be saved!
Live Dancing Archive
October 15-18 at 7:30pm
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This fall Jennifer Monson will perform Live Dancing Archive at New York Live Arts. Jennifer Monson’s Live Dancing Archive is an evening-length performance featuring a visceral exploration of the dancing body as a physical archive of experience and place. Drawing from more than a decade of dance-based environmental research, Live Dancing Archive was choreographed using material from video documentation of the BIRD BRAIN Osprey Migration (2002)—an 8-week dance project along the Atlantic Flyway—as well as improvised scores accumulated over the past decade. Originally premiered at The Kitchen in 2012 as a solo, this newly remounted iteration will expand to feature three new collaborators, Niall Jones, TatyanaTenenbaum and Valerie Oliveiro along with Monson and composer Jeff Kolar, lighting designer Joe Levasseur and costume designer Susan Becker. The project is accompanied by a video installation by Robin Vachal and a digital archive by Josephine Young Jae Bae that query the process of archiving as well as the shifting nature of dance and environmental phenomena.
Thursday October 16 at 6pm Come Early Discussion: The Body as Archive with Travis Chamberlin, Associate Curator of Performance at the New Museum.
Friday October 17 Stay Late Discussion: Environment of Self in Time – Jennifer Monson in conversation with La MaMa ETC Archivist and Historian, Rachel Mattson, PhD.
Arts East River Waterfront
Jennifer Monson and iLAND Work with LMCC
Beginning this summer Jennifer Monson will be partnering with LMCC’s Arts East River Waterfront to inspire the local public in the LES East River Waterfront neighborhood around Piers 42 and 35 by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.
Building upon years of community advocacy and interest in the development of these new waterfront sites as an amenity for local residents, LMCC seeks to model arts and cultural activities that respond to the unique features of these sites, and reflect the needs, interests and history of the neighborhood –taking into account community priorities for the waterfront that range from leisure uses to resiliency planning in the wake of Super Storm Sandy.
City of Water Day
July 12, 2014 10am – 4pm
Maxwell Park in Hoboken, NJ and Governors Island, NY
A FREE day of entertainment, education & adventure celebrating the potential of our waterfront!
On Saturday, July 12th, thousands from throughout the metropolitan region will make their way to the waterfront for the annual City of Water Day, presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. A FREE day of entertainment, education, and adventure celebrating the world-class potential of our waterfront, City of Water Day will be held in Maxwell Park, Hoboken, NJ, and Governors Island, NY. Event highlights include FREE: narrated boat tours, ferry transit between Maxwell Park and Governors Island, kayaking, paddle-boarding, Cardboard Kayak Race, fishing, the Waterfront Activity Fair, special children’s activities, live music, and more! Food vendors will sell their delicious specialties. Please visit www.cityofwaterday.org for all of the exciting details, sign up to be an exhibitor and volunteer.
Movement Research MELT Summer Intensive Workshop
August 4-8, 3:30-6pm $140
In this workshop we will investigate how we make scores out of the systems that we live in, observe and are attracted to. A score is an open structure that creates improvisational choices for a particular context. We will create systems for movement that can be layered into performance scores. This will be our practice. How does the practice influence our approach to performance? How do we observe and shape this process? How can our practice of making scores help us to observe the possibilities in movement and choreographic systems? We will work on presence, states of moving and scales of sensation and time. We will perform our scores daily.
Register online at Movement Research HERE. We hope to see you there!
Movement Research Spring Festival in Collaboration with iLAND
Tuesday May 27 – Monday June 2
Curated by Elliott Maltby, Jennifer Monson, Alicia Ohs, Tatyana Tenenbaum
A fallow field is one that is plowed – it is prepared but then left open. fallow time is a festival that invites emptiness or the unanticipated. The festival is prepared space and time for open action, or inaction, to take place. It creates a platform for participation, intergenerational meetings and intersectionality to support all bodies in their creative potential. We are providing time for concrete and insubstantial ideas to be tested, to take hold and grow…or fail. fallow time is a time of rest, where unexpected actions and materials make contact and allow for new forms and systems to flourish: a chance for us to be together that is not dictated by any need to produce. The festival examines both urban ecologies and artistic production in our society. Inviting the multiple meanings of sustainability to rub against a range of creative practices, we will enact scenarios for thriving in our increasingly unpredictable environment. fallow time allows us to ground ourselves and to recuperate the values that are so central to dance: the values of the body to listen, feed, touch, see, taste, deliver, heal, digest, produce, die.
Through Earth, Through Body, Through Speech Join Fantastic Futures and Jason Munshi-South for the workshop and per formance listed below, a continuation of their summer 2013 iLAB residency in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Willets Point. The collaboration uses a cross-pollination of ar tistic practice and scientific method to engage the local community in a conversation around personal and family histories of the park and their visions of the park’s future.
Workshop – 11am-3pm
Meet at the north end of the Unisphere. Rain or Shine.
A movement and mapping exercise based on Munshi-South’s study of white-footed mice, “Urban landscape genetics: canopy cover predicts gene flow between white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) populations in New York City.”
A light informal lunch will be provided. Activities are appropriate for all ages.
Performance – 4-6pm
In the Queens Museum of Art A multi-channel sound installation and per formance that represents the scientific concept of an urban to rural gradient. Field recordings of the park are layered with interviews in which visitors are asked to express their memories and hopes for the park, and with a spoken narrative from a mouse’s perspective based on urban landscape genetics. participants in both workshop and performance: Fantastic Futures (Julio Hernandez, Huong Ngo, Phuong Nguyen, Solgil Oh, Sable Elyse, Or Zubalsky) and Jason Munshi-South.
For additional information for Tuesday’s events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-860-8239.
Wednesday May 28-May29 – All day and night, arrive and leave as you wish – Floyd Bennet Field – Free
Two nights of camping for up to 30 people. Open time to engage with the littoral edge of New York City. Dawn walks, star gazing and gentle research activities. This is restorative time. Tent, sleeping bag and food required for those staying the night.
Public Transportation: Take the 2 or 5 train to Flatbush Ave / Brooklyn College. Transfer to the Q35 bus south to Floyd Bennett Field. The bus ride takes about 15 minutes. Floyd Bennett Field is also easily accessible by bike and car.
RSVP required for those staying the night.
For details, please contact email@example.com.
SENSING TO KNOW / /ANALYZING TO IMAGINE
Saturday May 31 – 2-4pm – Issue Project Room – $5 suggested donation
A talk and walk exploring the dual perspective of the artist-scientist. Visual, aural, and kinesthetic modes in science and art will be explored by par ticipants who have experience as both scientists and artists. The first hour will be dedicated to discussing the participants’ understanding of the intersection of these seemingly discrete disciplines and the impact of this dual perspective on their current practices. Following the talk, each participant will lead a section of a walk to the Brooklyn waterfront, reading the landscape through their par ticular lens. Moderator Jennifer Monson will draw upon her own work, and the insight of 10 years of iLAB residencies, which have developed novel ways of examining New York City’s urban environment.
Amy Berkov: Visual artist, tropical biologist and professor of Biology
Kathleen McCarthy: Sculptor and restoration ecologist
Jason Munshi-South: Professor of Biology
Hara Woltz: Visual artist, landscape architect and conservation biologist
Moderated by Jennifer Monson, artistic director and founder of iLAND
Jennifer Monson is among 20 artists who received the Doris Duke Impact Award. In its inaugural year, these dance, theatre, and jazz artists are the first to receive this award. Each recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award receives $80,000–including an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $60,000, plus as much as $10,000 more in targeted support for audience development and as much as $10,000 more personal reserves or creative exploration during what are usually retirement years for most Americans. Doris Duke Impact Award recipients have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and regional gatherings through Creative Capital, DDCF’s primary partner in the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards.
Jennifer is thrilled to be a Doris Duke Impact Awardee and is grateful for this support that will allow her to continue making work that generates knowledge and meaning through movement.
Join our friends at the Waterwheel for the 4th annual World Water Day Symposium this weekend!
The theme revolves around water, how water embodies extremes and contrasts: oceanic depth or shallow rivulet, transparent or opaque, flowing or still. Water cycles through the living systems of the planet: water bodies, life forms, atmosphere. This symposium has been exploring questions about how we are living, and will continue to live, with water and its contrasts.
The symposium has locations around the world and is streamed free online. Check it out HERE. The event has 15 live nodes, in Brisbane, San Francisco, New York, LA, Buenos Aires, Tunis, Berlin, Coburg, Poznan, Torun, Paris, Syracuse, Athens, Hydra and Cairns, all streamed online. 300 scientists, artists, academics, engineers, activists, and others have presented papers, panels, performances, and presentations.
Tomorrow there will be musical performances and presentations from Australia, India, Chile, France from 12-3pm and performances and presentations from Montreal, Australia, China, India, and closing statements from 3-8pm. We hope you’ll join us in exploring questions about how we are living, and will continue to live with water.
Surviving Sandy Panel Discussion
Friday February 28 6-8pm
Bronx River Art Center
Come to the panel discussion + presentation Surviving Sandy on Friday February 28th at 6-8pm sponsored by the Bronx River Art Center. Artists, activists, and community members will meet to discuss how individual and communities interpret, cope with, and survive extreme events. The panel will be held at 305 E. 140th Street.
A unique group of artists, activists, planners and community members take part in an eye-opening panel discussion and presentation on the topic “Surviving Sandy”. The panel event comes at the end of the Bronx River Art Center’s current exhibit “BRURAL: Shattering Phenomena,” a group show in which Russian and New York artists explore the impact on local communities and individuals of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite and Superstorm Sandy. This is a FREE event. We hope to see you there!
Liminal Narratives: From Context to Text
Wayfaring: A Poetic Walk Through Public Space
Expedition to Marine Park
Navigating the Queens Plaza Transportation Hub Street Level
Repetition / Series, Dialogue / Transposition
Join Toby Query and other members of Portland Ecologists Unite for a discussion on Art and Ecology hosted by Portland Ecologists Unite on January 16th from 5:30-7:30pm at PICA. They have an exciting group of speakers lined up including: Linda K. Johnson, Adam Kuby, and Stephen Hayes. We hope that this discussion will enlighten ecologists on the combined power of art and ecology, while encouraging them to meet each other and discuss further. For more information visit HERE.
Check out the most recent issue of The Volta: The Trash Issue. This multimedia project of poetry, criticism, poetics, video, conversation (audio), and interview has contributions by several iLAND community members including: past SEA reader Jonathan Skinner, iLAND residents Kathy Westwater, Jennifer Scappettone, and Seung Jae Lee, and poets Allison Cobb and CA Conrad, and a TRANSECT shot by EJ McAdams at Dead Horse Bay.
Dear friends of iLAND,
As the year comes to a close, we move into our second decade of creative, collaborative, interdisciplinary research of New York City ecologies. With the evolution of iLAND, we will continue to experiment with new forms, practices and methods between dance and other disciplines. 2014 marks a change in the iLAB residency program. In an effort to deepen the ongoing work developed over the past 8 years, we have asked past iLAB residents and community members to propose a new series of laboratories, which will be launched in the New Year. They are intensive, focused and available for all to attend! This year we are also excited to announce iLAND’s role as part of the curatorial team for the Movement Spring Festival, which will focus on a critical examination of Sustainability in our community and beyond. The iLAND symposium will be a part of this exciting series of events in May 2014.
As we look back on 2013, we celebrate the presentation of Live Dancing Archive in NYC, Illinois and its inclusion in the Performance Archiving Performance Exhibit at the New Museum as well as the continued evolution of iLANDing through retreats at Earthdance, SMU/Taos and various workshops throughout New York City. We are thrilled to have worked with Fantastic Futures and Jason Munshi South in this year’s iLAB residency – Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech.
Next year along side of the Laboratories, Artistic Director Jennifer Monson will continue to develop her new project, in tow. Live Dancing Archive will also be performed again at New York Live Arts in the Fall 2014.
As the year closes, we would like to take this opportunity to ask for your financial support of our activities. Most of our events are free to the public so we depend on donations from people like you to keep our programs growing. To donate to iLAND, please click HERE!
We are incredibly grateful for all of the support, creativity, and collaboration you have shared with iLAND in our first decade and we look forward where the next decade will take us!
Artistic Director/ Founder
2014 ilANDing Laboratory Initiatives
- Take a walk and share a picnic with choreographer Athena Kokoronis and ecologist Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari to learn about trees in local parks. Participants will develop scores based on walks and combine them in an improvisatory quilt with others.
- Join Charles Dennis on a canoe trip to Gerritsen Inlet in Marine Park, Brooklyn and explore the natural landscape. After group improvisation, take time to read, meditate, and journal.
- EJ McAdams, Douglas Manson and Virginia Millington will take us on a guided walk of a transect within the urban landscape, exploring poetry, pacing and environment.
- Help rebuild habitat at the Bronx River Salt Marsh by planting wetlands and discussing threats to urban wildlife.
- Complete a journey using landmarks, interaction with others, and intuition to guide you. Then work with others to propose new plans for easier navigation to City Council.
- Explore collaboration and the methodology of practice through a workshop of movement, writing, modeling, and construction.
- Join choreographer Jill Sigman, astrophysicist Tony Faddoul and multimedia artist Moria Williams for an exploration series for stargazing, a design charette, collaborative walks, and a potluck picnic panel.
- Investigate a commercial street and notice multiple narratives at each liminal junction. Develop a coherent narrative yourself using a variety of multi-media.
On Saturday November 16th from 2-4pm, there will be a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition “Performance Archiving Performance” at the New Museum. The discussion surveys different artists’ approaches to the concerns of archiving performance and how those concerns might be taken up and addressed by museums and institutional archives. The artists included in “Performance Archiving Performance” discuss the development of and future goals for their individual archiving projects with the curator. Participants include Yanira Castro, Kathy Couch, Jennifer Monson, Julie Tolentino, Sara Wookey, and Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance. More information on the panel discussion HERE.
Back by popular demand, this event is designed to bring artists and climate scientists together to determine if there are “sparks” for future interdisciplinary collaboration. The event will be moderated by Eli Kintisch, and begin with two first dates between Gavin Schmidt & Annea Lockwood; and Jennifer Monson & Shahid Naeem. Space is very limited. Click this link to RSVP.
PositiveFeedback’s upcoming November events are part of Marfa Dialogues / NY, an examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice happening this October and November, 2013 in New York City. A collaboration between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation, Marfa Dialogues / NY will feature 18 Program Partners and a spectrum of exhibitions, performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climate change. www.marfadialogues.
The reality of climate change has brought an increased awareness around the fragility of our environment and a heightened interest in sustainable practices. How do we move beyond sustainability towards resiliency, a term currently in broad use in the social sciences? How do we address the current crisis from its roots, rather than perpetuating unworkable systems? Is change a value or an action? How can our practices within the dance community serve as models for adapting to change? We will discuss different framings of sustainability from the perspectives of various fields, including social science, economics, and urban ecology in a roundtable conversation which invites the dance community and the larger public to explore concrete ways to create resilient systems in their own communities and beyond.
This discussion is conceived in partnership with Jennifer Monson and Movement Research. More information on the discussion HERE.
Programmed in conjunction with “Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of works that engage archive as medium, on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6, 2013–January 12, 2014.
Accompanying an improvised performance by Jennifer Monson, composer Jeff Kolar provides a sound design that responds to the delicate and sophisticated atmospheres and shifting spatial parameters of bodies in relationship to one another on-site in the New Museum’s Sky Room. The soundscape for the performance is generated live through field experiments in AM/FM, shortwave, citizens’ band, and unlicensed radio spectrums. The instrument arrangement of hand-built radio transmitters and receivers responds directly to external weather phenomena, wireless technology systems, and human activity. The body of the dancer and the shifting bodies of the audience, in concert with constant shifts in environmental conditions inside and outside of the New Museum, generate interference that provides the raw material for an improvised composition.