2012 iLAB Residents, Higher E.D. invite you to participate in a kite mapping and dance-based weather observation workshop.
Sunday September 23 2012
PARK Scores at Fresh Kills
by 2011 iLAB Residents
Kathy Westwater, Jennifer Scappettone, and Seung Jae Lee
PARK Scores is presented by the Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island.
It will be part of Sneak Peak at Freshkills Park, hosted by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Freshkills Park.
PARK collaborators Kathy Westwater, Jennifer Scappettone, Seung Jae Lee, and Tamio Shiraishi will be in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts’ Group Residency from September 28-October 3, 2012.
2012 iLAB Resident Team, Higher E.D., hosted a solar balloon and kite building workshop in early July.
Higher E.D. collaborator, Liz Barry, writes about the experience HERE on the PBS MediaShift IdeaLab Blog.
“What you may not be expecting to hear is that half of the workshop attendees were dancers or choreographers, organized by Lailye Weidman and Jessica Einhorn, two fellows of iLAND, an organization dedicated to collaboration between dancers and scientists.”
Read more here:
iLAND Intern, Lizzie Ingraham, reflects on her experience at the iLAB Retreat in June 2012.
This past June 17th, iLAND held a Retreat/LAB at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in Chelsea. The event brought together iLAND’s past residents, present participants, and future collaborators. I was lucky enough to be among the last
category, at the time an applicant for an internship with the organization. I entered into the experience nervous, excited, and full of questions; my familiarity with the group limited almost exclusively to what I had researched on the iLAND website and what I had subsequently learned about choreographer Jennifer Monson’s work.
I was greeted warmly by all and learned even before the formal introductions the seriousness with which iLAND takes the first word of their acronym. Throughout the day, I continued to be surprised by the plethora of disciplines from which these people hailed as well as the success with which they worked with and from one another. I soon discovered that a primary concern of iLAND is the loss of process in the pressure of creation. Additional difficulties, including varying methods of notation, would be later addressed by this year’s residencies and would lead into the motivation behind the implementation of iLANDing as an active verb.
In the first activity of the day, we walked to the water and broke into small groups to discuss both our personal research methods and relationship to the site. I was lucky enough to be grouped with choreographer Jennifer Monson and other iLAND affiliates of varying backgrounds and involvement with the organization. We formed one coherent activity to teach to the larger group that incorporated each of our creative approaches; beginning by lying on our backs with eyes closed in an introspective experience and then moving to vertical interaction with our environment. Some other group-led activities involved exploring edges in the space and a haphazard sampling of the area.
Following a healthy lunch and study of Eyebeam’s appropriately themed exhibit on global water use and conservation, the current iLAND residents took the time to present their projects, giving brief overviews that left the audience fascinated and curious. Higher ED (Ecology + Dance) described their work with kites and solar balloons b
efore bringing everyone outside to follow kite patterns or engage in improvisational doodling with chalk below. Follow the Water Walks exposed the relativity of maps and explained their research into measuring public space with specific, very personal measurements. While accepting some of the inherent limitations of mapping, the group is also working to identify potential green spaces, promoting change and advancement in the Bronx community.
In what seemed to be the logical conclusion of the abundance of creativity and passion flying free all day, the workshop culminated in an open discussion of iLANDing. iLANDing concentrates on the process of creation rather than the product and is based not on restraining individuality and creativity, but on making it accessible to other artists and to those of us whose minds work in less abstract terms. iLAND’s dynamic workshop exempli
fied the necessity of such a codified system of notation, as it would be a tragedy to lose the progressions through which these artists create.
See more of Lizzie’s writing on her blog, Moving for the City.
Check out more photos and videos from the iLAB Retreat HERE.
August 14, 2012 – 7:30 pm
The Aviary Gallery in Boston, MA
“Dance in your face–it’s happening. The Aviary is a beautiful intimate space for art and performance, and Lailye will be performing up close and personal with Hana van der Kolk in a duet conceived and directed by Teilo Troncy. Lailye will also show a duet that was co-created with Allison Ross.”
Join writer Rachel Levitsky, Landscape Architect Elliott Maltby and Translator/Poet ElizabethZuba for an expedition to collectively recuperate latent words, meanings, objects and gestures from the Gowanus Canal and then re-embed them in the group show To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel, Brooklyn and the world. To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel is a show organized by OoRS officer Ethan Spigland along with several others we admire. The show begins June 29. Its impressive roster of participants and events can be found at the Gowanus Ballroom website.
Everyone is welcome to join this walk. It’s free. Sign up in advance is encouraged but not required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming.
FRIDAY, JULY 6th
We will meet at 5:00 PM at The Gowanus Ballroom
55 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
There will be lots of signs but feel free to call us if you have any trouble: 917 495 7075
Walk 5 -7 PM
Embed/Imbibe 7 PM onward
FRIDAY, JULY 6th
7pm–3am, $10 after 9pm
DJ Dirty Finger
Office of Recuperative Strategies (Elliott Malby, Elizabeth Zuba, Rachel Levitsky)
Matthew Silver: the Great Performer
Hungry March Band
The Big Ship
SATURDAY, JULY 7th
3pm–3am, $10 after 9pm
DJ James Mulry
Panoply Performance Laboratory
Mike Haar the Barber
Matthew Silver: the Great Performer
Apocalypse Five and Dime
Follow the Water Walks will offer a full river paddle in the morning and then support a community group with their Soundview Festival.
On the Water, For the Water
Saturday, July 14, 2012 • 10am to 4pm
Governors Island, NYC
Liberty State Park, NJ
& In Your Neighborhood
Presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
A FREE day of entertainment, education & adventure
celebrating the potential of our waterfront!
From the upper Hudson to Raritan Bay, we are a City of Water—yet too many of us are cut off from this tremendous resource. Help revitalize the waterfront with a festival for the entire family.
|[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/44993044 w=600&h=338]||Past and Current iLAB Residents along with iLAND Board and community members gathered on June 17th at Eyebeam and along for the Hudson for a day of collaborative exploration and discussion about iLANDing.
We went to a park along the Hudson River to engage in some iLANDing, sharing collaborative process and research tactics. To do this we broke into small groups, shared our individual research practices with each other and then created an amalgamation of them to share with the larger group.
iLAND is seeking a Managing & Program Director to lead the organization into its next phase of programmatic growth. A perfect opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated not-for-profit manager interested in contemporary dance, urban ecology, and environmental issues, the position will involve working with renowned choreographer Jennifer Monson as well as support staff. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and take initiative, yet work within a strong team to expand the organization’s programs and services in the areas of rural residencies, international residencies, mentorship, environmental justice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and partnerships with both cultural and environmental organizations. This is an exceptional chance for someone with a long-term view to create a strong platform for an organization poised to expand its visibility and impact. The position will initially be part-time with the goal of increasing the budget significantly towards a full time role.
- Oversight of organizational operations including fundraising, budgeting and financial management and
- Management of the annual iLAB residency program;
- Development and management of the annual iLAND symposium;
- Production of the creative work of Artistic Director Jennifer Monson.
- Minimum 2-3 years training and experience in management in the performing arts and/or environmental
- Excellent organizational, administrative and computer skills;
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
- Passion for and/or work experience in the area of environmental activism, research, science or policy;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to initiate and nurture relationships with a variety of people from different backgrounds and fields;
- including but not limited to scientists, artists and advocacy groups;
- Proficiency with a range of MAC-based computer software;
- Communication skills via social media;
- A great sense of humor.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Application deadline: July 15th.
Please email a resume, three references and cover with Managing Director as the subject of your email to email@example.com.
Interviews will take place between July 20-22 with final candidates’ interviews on August 6-7.
Training Session: June 30, 2012, 11am – 5pm
Public Workshop: July 1, 2012, 11am – 5pm
Directions: Once at 630 Flushing, walk to Thompkins Ave and enter the parking lot behind the Pfizer building. The main entrance has a small overhang and bicycle parking. We will be on the loading dock.
Join Public Laboratory members Mat Lippincott, an extraordinary floating and flying object sculptor visiting from Portland, Oregon, and Leo Famulari, an extraordinary kite designer visiting from Miami, Florida, for a hands-on workship on design principles and construction of Solar Balloons and Bamboo Kites. These can be used for taking aerial images and other aerial data gathering, or for your pure enjoyment. This workshop is part of iLAB—an interdisciplinary collaborative project between PLOTS staff member Liz Barry and two dance artists: Jess Einhorn and Lailye Weidman. They will share a bit about their research on Sunday. Upon the completion of the workshop, you can either take your kite or solar balloon home, or add it to the PLOTS NYC lending library (including the floating gallery project, part of the 2012 iLAB Higher E+D fellowship).
Please bring your own lunch — we will provide snacks! For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-269-1539. Hope to see you there or in the air.
Announcement: Bamboo Kite and Solar Balloon
PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Waldman
French filmmaker Mathias Frantz and his crew had spent weeks searching the wilder crannies of New York for the quintessence of nature in the city—material that will be used in the first of four profiles of wildlife in major international cities they are calling “Naturopolis.” The week before I’d accompanied them on a boat on the East River where we angled for striped bass in the riptides of Hell Gate and snuck up on a colony of nesting cormorants on U-Thant Island, situated below the cliff-like UN building that towered as a backdrop. One week later we met at River Park, a pocket of greenery in the West Farms section of the South Bronx that is named after Gotham’s only true freshwater river, the Bronx River.
PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Waldman
The Bronx River is an urban flowage that is becoming restored mainly through the efforts of the New York City Department of Parks and theBronx River Alliance of non-profits. River Park sits just below the lowermost dam on the river, one that prevents typical migratory fish such as alewife from ascending farther upstream to spawn. The river is also home to the American eel, a species that was described in the subtitle of a recent book as the “most mysterious fish in the sea.” And mysterious they are, baby eels, having migrated all the way from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean are slowed down, but not always stopped from passing dams. Our crew of agency and academic biologists and volunteers planned on first electrofishing below the dam and then above it to obtain a sense of the relative abundances of eels on both sides of this barrier.
Our colleague Chris Bowser of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wore the backpack electroshocking unit on the first pass. Probing around the rocky shallows with the device’s electrical hoop turned up plenty of eels, together with sunfish, darter fish, and crayfish that were all momentarily stunned while two eager netters tried to gather them before they revived.
On the second pass, my Ph.D. student George Jackman operated the shocker. George has an unusual background for a doctoral student—he is a retired New York City police lieutenant. As such, he sees things that mere civilians miss. As George stepped deeper into the flow to begin “fishing” he eyed a plastic device and reached down and then held up a metal sleeve—the magazine from a handgun. Our crew and the observers who gathered were amazed, making comments about this truly being urban nature. But a minute later the incident became considerably enhanced: George yelled “wow” as he spotted the actual handgun—and then retrieved and held up a10 mm Glock. The assemblage couldn’t quite believe this, and neither could the French filmmakers who asked whether we’d planted it there for Naturopolis.
PHOTO CREDIT: Ferdie Yau
We hadn’t, of course, but I wondered whether the eventual viewers of Naturopolis would believe that such an iconic urban symbol would have been discovered by accident. The gun’s being found there makes sense, it was located just below the 180th Street Bridge—a perfect place to stop a car and toss a gun into the water. I questioned if its owner threw the gun into the river when it was raging with high water, not knowing that the Bronx River is a “spate” flow that floods quickly when it rains and then drops to low levels, shallow enough to reveal a handgun.
George later gave the weapon to a patrolman, who guessed it was used in a murder and promised to do ballistics tests. The tests showed that the gun was used in a shooting not far from there about a week earlier, and at a time when the river was so high we needed to cancel our fieldwork. This gun had been fired 10 times into the back of its victim. Remarkably, the man survived, this gun is so powerful that it essentially perforated his torso while apparently missing vital organs.
The remainder of the day was less eventful, with many eels surveyed below the dam and only about one-fourth as many above, showing that eels can indeed somehow work their way past the dam. The eel “ladder” we plan to install next year should ease their access to the river’s headwaters as they follow their natural instincts and swim, obliviously, maybe even mysteriously, past whatever unnatural jetsam society leaves along its bottom.
John Waldman is author of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, Revised Edition and Still the Same Hawk: Reflections on Nature and New York (Both forthcoming from Fordham University Press this October).
The 2nd annual iLAND Retreat/Lab is happening this Sunday, June 17th from 10 am until 4 pm at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in NYC.
20 members of the iLAND community, including past and present iLAB Residents and iLAND Board Members, will gather to participate in iLANDing along the Hudson River and discussion at Eyebeam. This event is at capacity.
These images are from the 2011 iLAB Retreat, which was generously hosted by the Bronx River Art Center.
Thank you to D’Agostino’s for their continual support and quality fare!
The 2012 iLAB Residents are busy investigating and collaborating. Check out what they’ve been up to!
Are you looking for a chance to work with one of New York City’s most innovative dance organizations? iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance) is currently looking for an intern to join the team for the summer and fall of 2012. This internship is designed to provide the opportunity to build on your skills base with the aim of pursuing a career in arts management and/or the environment.
We value commitment and dedication from interns and will provide opportunities to engage with iLAND’s artists, board, and the wider community. There is no financial remuneration but out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Download the position description HERE.
To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and motivation for your application to email@example.com.
The next week is full of some exciting events. Please check out theMovement Research Spring Festival. I’ll be hosting a sensory walk in Central Park and performing in stillness-action-sweat-effort on Wednesday night. I will also be presenting at the Earth Matters on Stage conferencein Pittsburgh with iLAND board member, Julia Handschuh. Also, check out the AMAZING Post Plastica, a NEW and outstanding creation by Alina and Ela Troyano. I will be speaking about the BIRD BRAIN Osprey Migration tour at the pre-show talk, along with a beekeeper! I’m so excited!
Founder and Artistic Director of iLAND
Movement Research Spring Festival
A performance experiment where the duet is charged with the exploration of stillness, action, sweat and effort. Participants were chosen based on their choreographic approaches and aesthetic differences that touch these categories. Performances can be rehearsed, improvised, score-driven or otherwise. The collaboration can be collective, competitive, a battle, a fusion, or indeterminate.
Central Park Sensory Walk
Led by Jennifer Monson
Meet at the entrance on West 81 Street & Central Park West.
Earth Matters On Stage
PANEL: “Performance & Pause: Developing Kinesthetic Exchanges with Urban Environments”
PS122 and El Museo del Barrio present
and Urban Beekeeping with Guillermo Fernandez, of NYC Beekeeping
2 for 1 tickets in advance with discount code FF241.
Re-Blogged from Wild Horses on Fire
Something I am wondering about kind of broadly is how your practices might have changed since the beginning of the occupations, if we can mark this beginning in the fall of 2011 (the occupations obviously having their immediate precedent in the Middle East and Europe).
Do you think it may be possible to speak to this a bit? […] Succinctly, in a paragraph or two? Maybe it has had no perceivable effect, which is fine of course, and in which case you might talk about why it is important to maintain what you are doing parallel to (or beyond?) current social movements and political events.
ITINERENT PARK NOTES
By Choreographer Kathy Westwater
When Occupy Wall Street began last year I was deeply entrenched in a creative residency on Staten Island at the Fresh Kills landfill, site and subject of PARK—an interdisciplinary performance project with collaborators Jennifer Scappettone and Seung Jae Lee—as it undergoes a 30-year transformation into a park.
Work on PARK began in 2008 during a residency in California around the time that the first tent cities started cropping up in municipal parks there, and my research immediately began to encompass non-recreational residential behavior in parks.
I was in fact deeply obsessed with the collapsing economy, having spent 2010 doing extensive research to understand the derivatives market, including how we managed collectively to have not known about something so massively detrimental to us all. That research got channeled into the performance/lecture “Deriva-trivia”.
Throughout my time working at Fresh Kills in fall 2011, Wall Street felt very present, like a part of or extension of the landfill. The financialization of the processes of making and doing that feed our global culture of consuming and enable the materialization of monuments to waste, Fresh Kills being the archetype, link the two sites, as well as the fact that one can see downtown Manhattan from Fresh Kills. Unsurprisingly yet still worth noting, one cannot see Fresh Kills from Wall Street.
Work on PARK since April 1 this year has occurred while in residence in a former vault in the basement of 14 Wall Street, a building right across the street from the New York Stock Exchange and around the corner from Zuccotti Park. This former vault has been “occupied” by artists for about five years via the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency Program. Read more…
2012 iLAB resident Paloma McGregor will present work in
Dancing While Black
an evening of dance and dialogue
May 17th, 7pm
at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
On Saturday May 5th, 2012 iLAB Residents Follow the Water Walks will take part in the annual Bronx River Flotilla.
The Bronx River Alliance will host over 200 participants as they traverse the Bronx River – beginning at Shoelace Park and ending at Concrete Plant Park. Registration is full. There will be a picnic from 12:30-4 pm at Concrete Plant Park. Welcome paddlers as they reach the finish line. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch.
Join us for our first public paddling event of the season. You and over 200 participants will paddle and glide along almost six miles of the Bronx River, from 219th Street to Concrete Plant Park. Enjoy unique views of the neighborhoods through which the river flows on its way to the sea.
Liz Barry, director of urban environment for The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science
Jessica Einhorn, dancer, urban environmentalist
Lailye Weidman, dancemaker
Higher ED: Ecology + Dance will explore the physical relationship between the wind moving through urban environments and our bodies using the connective media of kite / balloon aerial mapping devices and weather observation movement scores during outdoor research activities.
Paloma McGregor, choreographer, co-founder of Angela’s Pulse collaborative performance ensemble
Damian Griffin, Education Director, Bronx River Alliance
Rebecca Boger, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College, with dual appointment at CUNY Graduate Center
Follow the Water Walks plans to use our choreographic, scientific and cultural research to develop interactive movement structures for a culminating model that will offer an embodied experience of the storm water routes and the Bronx River, with attention to what was, is and will be part of that living landscape.
More information about the 2012 residents is here.
More information about iLAB is here.
Moving Into the Out There: Indeterminacy & Improvisation in Performance & Environmental Practice.
- An Indeterminate Partnering:
- What does collaboration mean now?
- An Index of ?:?:?: What are your constellations?
- What do you want to return to?
- A Shape (s) We Were In – What was your form?
- A Thought Body – What did you read?
The resources that are up for comment and conversation:
- the Performances
- the Panels
- the Thrown Outside Workshops
- the iLANDING Method
We’re off to a great start with the 2012 iLAND Symposium: Moving into the Out There. These annual symposiums give us a taste of the interdisciplinary research community that iLAND is creating.
As is often the case with iLAND, many conversations are started that open onto much bigger discussions that we do not have time to continue in the confines of the Symposium. Stay tuned for blog posts by Gretchen Till, who will be blogging throughout this year’s Symposium; we hope you will join the conversation in person and online.