Jennifer Monson, Artistic Director
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Elliott Maltby, President
Elliott Maltby, a landscape and urban designer, is a founding partner of thread collective, a multi-disciplinary collaborative design studio that explores the seams between building, art, and landscape. Elliott believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of the urban environment; she is particularly interested in how an ecological systems perspective can support both architectural and landscape interventions. Her current work includes defining the idea of the urban backstage, both conceptually and through design proposals. The backstage is the shadow or counterpoint of branded public space, a space to be found and explored, to wonder about, to wander around, a place to speculate. A survey of New York City backstage spaces demonstrates a common pairing of productive spontaneous ecologies and aging infrastructure; these are novel landscapes. Rather than seeing them as derelict or underutilized, she is interested in documenting and supporting the stealth success of these spaces. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design at the Pratt Institute.
Carolyn Hall, Vice President
Carolyn Hall is an iLAND board member, a professional contemporary dancer, and an historical marine ecologist. As a dancer she has worked/continues to work with numerous choreographers and companies both nationally and internationally and received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for performance in 2002. She is currently involved in projects with Lionel Popkin, Rebecca Davis, and Carrie Ahern. As a freelance ecology researcher she is part of a team working on the greater ecosystem of the Gulf of Maine and is the research assistant and fact checker for the best selling author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish, American Catch). She is also an instructor for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Her involvement with iLAND provides a rare place where she can explore combining her two halves into new creative processes with fascinating people outside of her professions.
Barbara Bryan, Secretary
Barbara Bryan is the Executive Director of Movement Research and is an independent performing arts producer, manager and curator currently working with Sarah Michelson Inc. and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Residency Program. From 2000-12, she was the Managing Director of John Jasperse /Thin Man Dance, Inc., Producing Director with Wally Cardona, and Project Director with Jennifer Monson/iLand, Inc. She was guest curator of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Series (Becket, MA) from 2002-12. She was the Associate Director of Danspace Project from January 1997 to December 1999. Barbara has served as a faculty member, mentor, guest speaker and panelist at various events including Dance/USA’s Winter Council, PICA’s TBA Festival in Portland, Oregon, On the Boards in Seattle, the National Performance Network’s annual conference, the Pacific Northwest Dance Lab conceived by the National Dance Project, Dance Theater Workshop’s Laboratory for Dance Management, Pentacle’s Help Desk, Hunter College and the ADF Intensive in New York. She is a former Trustee of Dance/USA. Ms. Bryan received her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in Dance and a BA in Classics from the University of Utah.
John Monson, Treasurer
John is currently working to improve public school student diversity in San Francisco and develop a program for helping disadvantaged students gain confidence and skill in math. John had a long career in Silicon Valley. He founded the online travel startup NileGuide, he helped start and was COO of PayCycle, the leading online payroll service for small business. John also spent many years at Intuit where as head of marketing he built Quicken into the leading personal finance software and was the General Manager of QuickBooks, making it the must-have accounting software for small businesses. He is also a sporadic artist and spends as much time as possible in the outdoors, often bird watching, trying to keep up with the enthusiasms of his son. John, his wife Susie, and his son Eddie live in San Francisco.
Julia Handschuh writes, moves, and makes objects; often in relation to issues of improvisation, ecology and the politics of space. She holds a BFA in performance and installation from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University and a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU. Her thesis, On Finding Ways of Being Kinesthetic Empathy in Dance and Ecology was published in a collection titled Performance on Behalf of the Environment. She is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Community College and Continuing Graduate Scholar awards and has exhibited her work in New York, Boston, Key West, Oaxaca, Mexico. www.juliashoe.com
Kate Cahill is an architect, researcher, and long-time member of the board of directors of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance (iLAND) in New York City. She studies Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and serves as the lead research assistant for the Mumbai Portal of the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative. Before moving to Cambridge, Kate enjoyed collaborating on interdisciplinary teams and practicing architecture in New York and Beijing.
Recent past work includes research into infrastructures of mobility and control in the extraction enclave of the Atacama desert, Chile; the paradox of affordable housing shortage and neighborhood abandonment in Cancún, Mexico; and the interrelationships of housing, livelihoods and urban form in Mumbai, India. She is currently interested in the development of new, inclusive forms of collaborative practice; the pedagogy and agency of architecture + research; coastal resilience and adaptation planning; movement as a research practice and the ethics of fieldwork by design schools. Kate is co-founder of the GSD Design Research Forum and co-edits the student journal Process. She is a recent recipient of the AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Research Fellowship.
Or Zubalsky is an artist, musician, and programmer. He is interested in collective acts of listening, resonant spaces, amplification, and thinking about possible futures. Most of his work is collaborative and touches on connecting lived experience and personal narratives with social change. Or is one of the organizers of Trade School, a network of barter based learning spaces, and Fantastic Futures, a collective that was an iLab resident. His projects and collaborations have been supported by The New Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, Queens Museum of Art, Rhizome, Eyebeam, Culture Push, Vox Populi, and Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.
Meredith Talusan is an award-winning journalist and author with an ongoing relationship to movement. Her feature stories, essays, and opinion pieces for many publications, including The Guardian, The Atlantic, VICE, Matter, Backchannel, The Nation, Mic, BuzzFeed News, and the American Prospect. She received a 2017 GLAAD Media Award and a Deadline Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and is a contributor to a number of edited volumes, including Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.
Jason Munshi-South is an evolutionary biologist that examines the impact of large-scale landscape changes on the evolution of wildlife in and around New York City. A major theme of his work is how animals maintain connectivity between populations by moving through urban infrastructure and remnant green spaces. He is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Fordham University, and splits his time between the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx and his lab at the Louis Calder Center, Fordham’s biological field station in Armonk, NY. Jason was an iLAND resident in 2012.