Ridgewood Reservoir Public Meeting
Monday, March 5th, 2018 @ 7 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church – 6907 Cooper Ave, Glendale, NY
Join us to make your voice heard to protect the Ridgewood Reservoir’s unique ecology. The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed Ridgewood Reservoir wetlands delineation. NYC H2O encourages all Ridgewood Reservoir neighbors and enthusiasts to attend this meeting and speak in favor of the wetlands designation.
DEC has found that “The majority of the western basin (Basin 1), as well as the majority of the southern half of the western basin (Basin 3) contain forested wetlands that are seasonally flooded. The majority of central basin (Basin 2) contains open water, surrounded by emergent wetlands…” The comment period on the wetland designation starts today and will close on March 22nd. A copy of DEC’s The Ridgewood Reservoir Wetlands Report is available for download here.
Comments should be emailed to email@example.com
or mailed to:Regional Administration, Region 2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5401
Attn: Ken Scarlatelli
bend the even
(tickets now available at the link above!)
February 20-24, 2018
We just finished a two- week residency at the Chocolate Factory – such a generous and generative space to work and big thanks to the amazing team of Brian Rogers, Sheila Lewandowski and Madeline Best. We are preparing to open bend the even in one month, February 20 – 24 at 8 pm at the Chocolate Factory. Get your tickets early!
The work continues to shift, and expand. I am learning something about time, about stillness and a sense of quiet that is full of movement, sound and light. We are narrowing in on the ways in which the mediums press into each other and create a friction that emanates an uncanny animacy in the space. It was a pleasure to share a work in progress on January 13th alongside a beautiful solo of luciana achugar’s. The two of us have been in conversation with each other about the how we make work, our overlapping concerns, themes and differences. That conversation will be public through the Chocolate Factory website in February.
bend the even is a collaboration with myself, Susan Becker (costumes), Elliott Cennetoglu (lighting), Regina Garcia (scenic design), Jeff Kolar (composer), Mauriah Kraker (performer), and Zeena Parkins (composer), It culminates a year long process researching varying scales of light, sound and movement generated before and during dawn. The work accesses new frameworks for emanating presence and animacy through the three mediums of sound, light and movement leaving the audience at the edge of perceptual comprehension. Undoing hierarchies of value between viewer and performer, bend the even explores containment and relinquishing through ever-narrowing parameters. This work allows for the possibility that movement disappears and leaves only sensation, an emanation that is experienced through the skin and ears, not so much through the eyes. In bend the even this asks the viewer to release what might be tangible about the experience in preparation for what is newly emerging.
If you are in NYC, I would love to see you there. Be sure to get your tickets soon and stay tuned for more on the work– including spotlights on our collaborators– in the next month!
Jennifer and the iLAND Team
A little over a year ago, in tow premiered at Danspace Project. This work continues to feed new processes, teaching, and collaborations. Jennifer has had several conversations with performance artist and writer Colin Gee about in tow over the past year. These conversations have led to the beautiful essay you’ll find below. He brilliantly gives voice to some of the larger philosophical questions of the work.
Please read it with care: ColinGee_intowResponse_2017
We have also recently reconstructed the www.birdbraindance.org website. This project happened from 2000-2006 and was the foundation of iLAND. It remains an important archive of environmental research and performance. Thank you to Jason Woofenden for his hard work and generosity in making this website available to the public again!
BIRD BRAIN was a multi-year navigational dance touring project that followed the migratory pathways of birds and gray whales on their journeys across the north and south hemispheres. The project investigated the navigational habits of these animals and their biophysical and metaphorical relationship to us as fellow travelers in the world. BIRDBRAINDANCE.org now exists as an archive of these migrations filled with journals from dancers, photos, videos, and information on the animal migrations.
I am tremendously excited and proud to announce the publication of A Field Guide to iLANDing by 53rd State Press. It is such a pleasure to hold this pocket-sized book of scores in hand after the years of hard work that went into creating it.
I can’t wait to share it with you all. This book is the result of deeply stimulating collaboration and holds the creativity and brilliance of our entire iLAND community. I hope it will guide you into your own adventurous creative research with urban ecologies and beyond.
Books are available for $15. If you’re able to donate a bit on top for added support to iLAND’s upcoming projects, we’d be so grateful.
The book is accompanied by a redesign of our archives that include information about past dance projects, residencies, symposiums, and iLANDing laboratories. These archives hold additional information about all of the projects represented in the book. Once you activate the scores in the field guide, you can view detailed documentation on our website about each of the collaborative projects as a companion piece to your own research. Thank you to Julia Handschuh for this beautiful reorganization of the iLAND archive!
We have also recently reconstructed the www.birdbraindance.org website. This project happened from 2000-2006 and was the foundation of iLAND. It remains an important archive of environmental research and performance. Thank you to Jason Woofenden for his hard work and generosity in making this website available to the public again!
All of these projects were made possible with financial support from the Doris Duke Impact Artist Audience Development Fund and we are deeply grateful for their support.
And as always, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to all of the folks that created and participated with such risk and enthusiasm to generate this delicate and innovative approach to collaboration, especially the iLAND Board and the iLAB Residents.
Next week, we will be announcing re-runs of IN TOW TV and sharing a thoughtful and provocative essay about in tow written by Colin Gee.
So please – buy a copy of A Field Guide to iLANDing, crack it open and start collaborating! We look forward to following your discoveries and insights into dancing with our urban ecologies.
With Love and In Collaboration,
iLAND is thrilled to announce the imminent publication of the A Field Guide to iLANDing – scores for researching urban ecologies, which will be published by the inimitable 53rd State Press. [Read more…] about iLANDing Workshops to celebrate the launch of iLAND’s first BOOK!
Four days of performance and conversation re-imagining the potential of queer dance today!
Join Jennifer Monson July 17-21, 2017 for MELT Systems/Scores
The Pier 35 Festival is happening in June 2018 in partnership with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council. This project is supported by a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. These workshops are supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
[Read more…] about Process Workshops with Pier 35 Festival Commissioned Artists
Join us for a public engagement during the development of in tow as part of Vermont Performance Lab’s Open Lab.
Join us for an informal, work-in-progress showing of Jennifer Monson’s most recent collaboration, in tow.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Performance Archiving Performance Exhibition at the New Museum November 6-January 12
Jennifer Monson is part of the exhibition Performance Archiving Performance at the New Museum this fall that opens November 6.
Performance archives seek to preserve some legible record of live art’s imprint on culture for future study; however, many argue that archived representations of performance cannot fully capture the nuances of ephemeral experience so essential to the form. Projects by a canary torsi, Jennifer Monson, Julie Tolentino, and Sara Wookey acknowledge these concerns by conceiving of the relationship between performance and archives as unique systems. Within these systems, the acts of recording, storing, indexing, and redistributing are as much a part of the work as the performance itself. As a result, the site of performance—its position in time, space, and form—is placed in question so that the actual process of archiving may be interpreted as its own mode of performance, its own singular event.
“Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of projects that engage archive as medium, is organized by Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance, and on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6–January 12.
November 16 2-4pm
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.