iLAB Residency Archive


Embodied Mapping

Collaborators: Kate Cahill, Kathy Creutzburg, Meredith Drum, Joe Goldman, Meredith Ramirez Talusan, Jennifer Wen Ma and Liza Zapol

Water + Im/migration

Collaborators: HT Chen & Dian Dong, Carolyn Hall, Michael Leibenluft, Shirley Luo, Megan Kendzior, Emily Teng and Lu Yu

Urban Backstage

Collaborators: Julie Kline, Clarinda Mac Low, Elliott Maltby, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shafner and Rachel Stevens

The 2015 iLAB residency groups are continuing to process their collaboration. Archival information on these residencies will be available after February 2016.


Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech

Collaborators: Julio Hernandez, Huong Ngo, Phuong Nguyen, Solgil Oh, Sable Elyse Smith, Or Zubalsky and Jason Munshi‐South

In this project, the collective Fantastic Futures collaborates with environmental scientist Jason MunshiSouth to engage with the general public in the neighborhood of Queens Flushing Meadows‐Corona Park on research around questions about difference, biodiversity, proximity, and intervention.  They explore and reinterpret these questions through the cross pollination of artistic practice and scientific method. For instance, in regards to our understanding of diversity of humans, plants, and animals, how and why do we measure difference? What do we consider “natural” and how are urban systems around us “naturalized”? Read more…


HigherED (Ecology + Dance)

Collaborators: Liz Barry, Jessica Einhorn and Lailye Weidman

In our collaboration, we 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.  Read more…

Follow the Water Walks

Collaborators: Rebecca Boger, Damian Griffin and Paloma McGregor

Through choreographic, scientific and cultural research we will develop intergenerational, community-engaged “walks” that will offer an embodied experience of natural and man-made water systems, with attention to what was, is and will be part of that living landscape. Our work focuses on the routes storm water takes from the East Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx to the Bronx River. The project will be developed in collaboration with community partners, with the aim of cultivating and supporting greater understanding, stewardship and agency. Read more…



Collaborators: Choreographer Kathy Westwater, Poet Jennifer Scappettone, Architect Seung-jae Lee, and Trail-Builder Leigh Draper

PARK is about what we destroy in order to create. Existing as both process and performance, it expresses forms of making and unmaking that engage wilderness, post-industrial spaces, and everyday landscapes. PARK locates the convergence of nature, industry, and individual experience of the wild and mundane daily life at large at Fresh Kills, New York, undergoing a 30-year conversion into a park. Read more…


RIVER TO CREEK: A Roving Natural History

Collaborators: Carolyn Hall, Kathleen McCarthy, Clarinda Mac Low and Paul Benney

RIVER TO CREEK is a participatory research project and art action that draws attention to the geographic and ecological connections across the industrial landscape of North Brooklyn, from the wild empty lots at the end of Newtown Creek in Bushwick to the East River at the edge of Greenpoint. Read more…

STREET-TREE STEWARDANCE: Urban Forest Stewardship as Movement Practice

Collaborators: Jaqueline Dodd and Philip Silva

The STEWARDANCE residency engaged the heightened inner awareness and emotional vigor of dance with the material groundedness of ecological stewardship as an embodied sustainability strategy. They pursued this strategy as they undertook each stewardship task: learning the ecological systems of the urban forest, gathering scientific data, physically laboring at stewardship, dialoguing with passerby, and coordinating team members. Read more…


Collaborators: Diana Crum and Chris Small

In this residency the team researched the East River State Park and along the neighboring stretch of the Brooklyn Greenway, where vegetation and urban development grow side-by-side. They collected information about the site and looked at the different changes that happen over various time frames, such as an hour, a day, a year, and a quarter-century. Read more…



Collaborators: BIG CAAKe: Chris Kennedy (artist, engineer, educator); Athena Kokoronis (choreographer and cook); Caroline Woolard (artist and designer); Kate Cahill (architect); and Gary Lincoff (mycologist).

StrataSpore, using mushrooms as both metaphor and material, will develop approaches to performance and create discussions about infrastructure, networks, and latent potential. StrataSpore is BiG CAAKe’s platform for collective knowledge about local NYC ecosystems and urban sustainability. The platform will cultivate “spores” of knowledge by combining elements of task/performance-based art, experiential learning, and experimental design practice.  read more…

Waterways: fluid movements in a liquid city

Collaborators: The League of Imaginary Scientists: Lucy Hg, artist; Matt McBane, composer; Annie Kwon, architect; David Garin, environmental researcher; and the Danish choreography collective E.K.K.O. : Karina Dichov Lund, Emma Nordanfors, Klara Elenius.

Waterways: fluid movements in a liquid city is an interdisciplinary research project that examines water through environmental and sociological study and transforms that information into choreographic actions that engage New Yorkers. read more…


Human Geography and the Practice of Presence

Collaborators: Karl Cronin and Sasha Cuerda

The collaborators will conduct movement research based on two leading theories from the field of Human Geography: Action Network Theory (ANT) and Non-Representational Theory. These two theories have been widely debated within the field of geography, and in their own ways postulate a manner of being in space that involves interacting directly with one’s environment-moving beyond layers of semiotics and abstracted representations. read more…

Dead Horse Bay

Collaborators: Choreographer Sarah White, Architect Angel Ayon, Visual Artist Gerald Marks

Dead Horse Bay, situated along Brooklyn’s southernmost waterfront, appears today as a place wedged somewhere in time between an industrial past, return to natural shoreline and an undetermined future. The Collaborators will use this site as a context to explore, reflect and ultimately discourse on the environmental impact of site alterations engineered to meet human needs. Their collaborative project will stem from their combined interests in understanding and interpreting nature, ecology, causality, evolutionary change, structural integrity, assigning value to experience, and examining cultural behaviors both current and historic.  read more…


Collaborators: Choreographer Theresa Duhon and Biologist Colin Grubel

During June and July 2008, cormorant researcher Colin Grubel and choreographer Theresa Duhon will engage in one another’s work as observers and active participants. Duhon will be assisting Grubel in studying the diet of Double-crested Cormorants, work that involves the collection and identification of fish as well as pellets containing identifiable parts of past meals, regurgitated by the birds. Samples will be collected at several colonies in the NYC area and identified in the lab at Queens College.  Read more…


The City from a Plant’s Perspective: Mapping NYC as Native Flora

Collaborators:Choreographer Lise Brenner, Curator of Native Plants Ulrich Lorimer (at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden), and Landscape Architect and Visual Artist Katrina Simon.

The residency was held during July – October, 2007, in NYC.
INITIAL CONCEPT: Plants, landscapes and people exist as and within physical structures that all move, all the time. So, botany, design, and choreography should have points at which investigative methods, classification systems, and ideal outcomes will intersect, and possibly even strengthen one another. read more…


The Language of the Listening Body

Collaborators: Choreographer Hope Mohr and Composer and Acoustic Ecologist Michelle Nagai.

The residency was held September 11-23, 2006 in NYC.
The residency investigated an active listening and moving practice within the urban soundscape. The public was invited to participate in soundwalks on Saturday, September 16, 2006 in the Times Square area and Saturday, September 23, 2006 in Long Island City.Before each walk, iLAND artists introduced participants to a listening-based movement language. The group then embarked on a walk to explore listening and movement in public space. After the walk, participants had an opportunity to share their experiences in a facilitated discussion. These were free events open to the public. Read more…