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.
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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.
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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