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!
Process Workshops with Pier 35 Festival Commissioned Artists
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.
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Hiatus from iLAB residencies and iLANDing Laboratories
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
Use Values: Re/Imagining Urban Waste
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
Island between exit 30 off the eastbound BQE and Classon + Flushing Avenues in Brooklyn
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.
City of Water Day July 12
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.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – New iLANDing Laboratories Initiative
2013 iLAB Residents @ Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech
Multi-channel sound performance and installation
Monday, August 29, 2013
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Apply for 4×4 Artist in Residency Program
Apply now for the 4×4 Artist in Residency Program! Exploring themes of dance, body and the environment, the 4×4 Artist in Residence (AIR) programme is aimed at artists interested in working in non-theatre based locations and challenging environmental contexts. Working from the organisation’s base in the Universal Hall, Findhorn, the successful artists will be encouraged to critically examine their performance practice, reflecting upon their relationship with the natural environment and ecological systems. Applications are due July 6th.
More information at Creative Scotland.
Jennifer Monson & Friends at La MaMa Moves!
La MaMa Moves! Festival on
Friday June 21 at 10 pm & Sunday June 23 at 8 pm
featuring work by Jennifer Monson with Niall Jones, Renée Wadleigh and Renée Archibald
and performances by Nico Brown and Jennifer Lafferty.
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iLANDing at Earthdance
iLAND will host a rural retreat for the 2013 iLAB Residents at Earthdance from May 17-23, 2013.
The collaborators will spend a week at Earthdance to immerse themselves in the development of their collaborative process and to engage in the different kinds of questions and methods that arise in a rural environment. The residents will be working with Jennifer Monson (founder and artistic director of iLAND) and other iLAND community members on the development of practices that help address these questions through iLANDing – a model for interdisciplinary collaboration with a strong emphasis on the role that dance and somatic practices play in environmental and aesthetic understanding.
Place [Maker] Space: Open Call for Place-based Interdisciplinary Residency
Melinda Buckwalter, Julia Handschuh (iLAND Board Member), and Lailye Weidman (iLAB 2012) are curating and producing Place [Maker] Space this Fall in Western Massachusetts. Please see below for the open call, deadline to apply is June 1st. [Read more…] about Place [Maker] Space: Open Call for Place-based Interdisciplinary Residency
Workshop: Jennifer teaches at MR’s MELT
iLAB 2013: Request for Proposals
iLAND is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2013 iLAB Residency Program.
To apply: please submit a brief, two-page Letter of Inquiry by November 20, 2012.
The Walk Exchange – Upcoming Events
The Walk Exchange
Friends of iLAND, The Walk Exchange was founded by Dillon de Give, Bess Matassa, Virginia Millington, Blake Morris, and Moira Williams. It is open to anyone who has an interest in walking. [Read more…] about The Walk Exchange – Upcoming Events
2010 iLAB Resident, Philip Silva, writes ‘Cyborgs, Sewers and the Sensing City’
2010 iLAB Resident, Philip Silva, is now a contributing writer for a new blog called The Nature of Cities
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iLAND is Hiring a Part-time Managing and Program Director
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.
Internship Opportunity Available
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bronx River Flotilla – May 5 – iLAB Residents in Action
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.
OPEN CALL: E|MERGE interdisciplinary artist residency
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST RESIDENCY: February 14-26, 2012 at Earthdance, Plainfield, Ma www.earthdance.net
OPEN CALL DEADLINE: November 7th
E|MERGE encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration toward forging new creative relationships, that bridge known and unknown territories.
This residency is ideal for those interested in collaborating and cross-pollinating ideas with artists from other disciplines and backgrounds. Many of the collaborations begun during this residency have continued to develop into rich & ongoing artistic relationships. E|MERGE is a residency that has grown into an organically developing network of highly skilled artists.
Past residency projects have included: a Museum of Narrow Spaces taking place in multiple locations throughout the Earthdance grounds & physical landscape; a performance installation performed for one audience member at a time, centered around a remote cabin; a photo shoot and participatory installation in our lodge kitchen; a video installation in a library loft; an experiment in creating an improvisational group animal without the use of language; a multi-media piece on self & isolation; and so much more.
To learn more and apply visit: http://earthdance.net/programs/emerge12.htm
Guapamactaro Interdisciplinary Residency in Art and Ecology
The Guapamacátaro Interdisciplinary Residency in Art and Ecology is a site-based and community-oriented program for artists from different disciplines, scientists, educators and activists, aimed at fostering socially and ecologically-conscious cultural development in the area where the Guapamacátaro hacienda is located (Michoacán, Mexico).
NEXT RESIDENCY DATES: June 7-24, 2012
APPLICATION DUE: November 1st, 2011
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: November 15, 2011
TO APPLY: Please download and carefully review the RFP online for details:
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ‘ON ECOLOGY’ Deadline: Oct. 1st
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
PERFORMANCE RESEARCH 17.4 (AUGUST 2012):
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: 1st OCTOBER 2011 (see below for details)
Issue Editors: Stephen Bottoms, Aaron Franks, Paula Kramer
How do we live on earth?
Over the last several years, a broad and growing range of theatre events
and performance processes have sought to re-imagine – in varying ways –
the question of our relationship, as humans, with the non-human
environment. These range from site-specific engagements with particular
localities to mainstage plays about climate change, from activist protest
inter-ventions to experiments with sustainable staging, from environmental
dance practices to performative philosophising around concepts of process
and relationality. These develop-ments (and more) have been complemented
by a performative turn in geographical thinking, which has brought renewed
attention to the material body and its lived experience of space and
place. Similarly, where the social and natural sciences meet, a growing
self-reflexivity about ‘the performance of science’ has become evident.
But in what ways, and to what extent, do these various practices and
concerns intersect? Is it possible to trace the outlines of a growing
ecological consciousness and connectivity in performance studies and its
related contexts? Or are we, instead, looking at a disparate range of
activities and discourses that remain largely isolated from each other?
Are these various developments testament merely to a vague sense of
concern about ‘the environment’, as a threatened backdrop to our human
drama? Or are we developing a potentially more progressive sense of
being-in and of the natural world? What might be our toeholds and launch
pads – metaphorical and earthly beginning points – for what cultural
geographer David Crouch calls simply ‘holding on and going further’?
“[We need] to bridge the great wellsprings of human understanding –
including the natural and social sciences, philosophy, religion and the
creative arts – to ‘re-imagine’ how we live on earth.”
– Matthew Nisbet et al, “4 Cultures: New Synergies for Engaging Society on
Climate Change (2010)
On Ecology will begin a mapping – or, if you prefer, a rhizomatic
entangling – of these various questions and strands of praxis. The
objective will be to cherish the diversity of different approaches while
also apprehending their relatedness – to seek integration without capture;
holism without monism. We are therefore seeking proposals that respond to,
but are not limited by, the terms of this call.
Indicative themes include:
. In what ways are experimental engagements between (for example) form and
content, dramaturgy and site, performer and spectator, serving to develop
environmentally attuned performance modes?
. What are the sites, locations or ‘habitats’ of ecological performance,
and how are they being moved through, lived in, materialised,
historicised? To what extent can ongoing processes of environmental change
be comprehended, and engaged with, through performative framing an
. What constitutes ‘best practice’ in terms of theatre / dance /
performance that seeks to reduce its environmental footprint and render
itself sustainable? And to what extent should sustainability be conceived
not only in terms of pragmatic, material solutions, but in terms of
performative critique of our unsustainable addictions to capitalism and
. What role does the notion of agency play in this field of acting with,
and being acted-upon by, the non-human environment? How might concepts
such as Bateson’s ‘ecology of mind’ or the ‘flat ontology’ of Deleuze or
DeLanda manifest themselves in embodied performance experiences – for
performers, witnesses, participants, and perhaps other in/organic actors?
. An increasing and uneasy awareness of collective human endangerment of
our shared eco-system has prompted cultural responses ranging from
scepticism to despair. Critical thinking, wary of propaganda from either
direction, may risk becoming a prolonged ‘deliberation on mourning’
(Rancière, 2004:9). But might our uncertainties and ambivalences also
provide the raw materials we need to reimagine the future – using the
lived, sited, awkwardly material facts of performance as our medium?
. Some geologists have dubbed the current era the ‘Anthropocene’ – a label
that could be read either as scientific hubris or as an appropriate
reflection on human impacts within the in/organic world. To what extent
can – or should – performance question its familiar status as an
inherently ‘anthropo-scenic’, human-centred medium?
On Ecology extends, in part, from the deliberations of the UK-based
research network project ‘Reflecting on Environmental Change through
Site-Based Performance’ (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research
Council, 2010-11). See www.performancefootprint.co.uk for details. The
network engaged with a wide range of practitioners including PLATFORM
London, NVA, Dead Good Guides, Fevered Sleep, Julie Laffin, Dee Heddon,
Baz Kershaw, Mike Pearson, Phil Smith, and others. It is hoped that this
edition of Performance Research will extend the nationally-focused scope
of the network, to embrace a truly global, cross-cultural range of
perspectives and practices, both ‘major’ and ‘minor’.
The format of Performance Research allows for artists’ pages and other
visual representations alongside articles, interviews, documents or
reviews. Proposals are invited from all disciplinary viewpoints, and from
artists and writers, theorists and fieldworkers.
. Proposals: 1st October 2011
. First drafts: 4th January 2012
. Publication date: August 2012
ALL proposals, submissions and general enquiries should be sent direct to:
Becci Curtis: email@example.com
Issue-related enquiries should be directed to the issue editors:
Stephen Bottoms: S.J.Bottoms@leeds.ac.uk
Aaron Franks: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Kramer: email@example.com
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
Proposals will be accepted by e-mail (MS-Word or RTF). Proposals should
not exceed one A4 side. Please DO NOT send images electronically without
Please note that submission of a proposal will be taken to imply that it
presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for
publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) agree
that the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article have
been given to Performance Research.
4X4 Dance Body And The Environment
With Guest Artists: Jennifer Monson, Simon Whitehead and Angus Balbernie
18th – 29th April 2010
4×4 is an eleven-day event on the theme of dance, body and the environment for dance or movement artists, choreographers and artists working in related art-forms.
Artists of any discipline and level of experience are welcome to participate in all or just part of the event. read more here.
OPEN CALL: Bunker Festival Deadline March 31st
BUNKER forms part of the network entitled Imagine 2020 – Arts and Climate Change, which tackles the issue of environmental challenges through the prism of artistic actions and by means of certain other instruments of production.
The aforementioned initiative precipitated production of performance by Betontanc Ltd: SO FAR AWAY introduction to ego-logy in 2010 and also gave rise to a grass-made installation by the British artistic tandem Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey entitled On the field, which had been featured on the platform next to the Slovene Ethnographic Museum in the framework of The Mladi levi Festival. Both works of art illustrate our specific approach to the issue in question, namely flexibility as to genre and theme, since our understanding of art defines the latter as the field of arising questions instead of that of already laid-down answers.
We are opening a call for production of artistic works, predominantly addressed to young artists coming from the fields of performing arts (this, however, is not a necessary requirement) to submit their projects, which in one way or another tackle the issue of contemporary environmental challenges in the widest sense possible.
Bunker will choose one or more projects applied and support it/them in terms of production, promotion and finance as well as by arranging their guest-staging or its/their introduction to the international sphere.
We kindly invite all interested parties to send a short outline of the project proposed (one page), a reference list and a budget estimate to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28th. Any further information may be obtained at email@example.com or 031 694 559. Applicants will be notified of their application results by 31stMarch.