It’s been a few weeks since we posted the themes of the 2011 iLAND Symposium workshops. Now we’re pleased to follow up with some deeper descriptions of each experience! Take a look; it’s never too soon to start choosing which experience you’ll participate in during the symposium this year.
Stewardance is an ongoing project exploring how city dwellers make sense of their place in an urban forest through movement, dance, and collaborate street tree stewardship. Developed through an iLAB Fellowship by Jackie Dodd and Philip Silva during the spring, summer, and autumn of 2010, Stewardance continues to inspire alternative and innovative approaches to experiencing the community of trees found on any city street. This workshop draws on insights and experiences developed in Stewardance workshops to introduce participants to the urban forest in Greenwich Village. Participants will move deliberately and mindfully on a hike through the forest and dance through the labor of caring for an ailing street tree. Location TBA.
Combining the fields of dance, music, and architecture, Jennifer Monson, Maggie Bennett and Kate Cahill will share the processes they developed in last summer’s SIP (sustained immersive process)/watershed project. Workshop participants will engage in simple scores that interweave listening, observing, moving, diagramming and drawing. Concepts of scale, containment and transformation that emerged from the collaborator’s immersive research will be shared through an intimate series of creative exchanges. Location TBA.
River to Creek
River to Creek was a roving ecological study of Newtown Creek, a waterway that straddles the border of Queens and Brooklyn. River to Creek explored and exposed the past and present natural history of the land around the Creek through scientific research, movement, and participatory sensory activities. The iLAB residency researchers and presenters Clarinda Mac Low, Carolyn Hall, Kathleen McCarthy and Paul Benney “discovered” Newtown Creek from June to October, 2010 and shared the area’s history and their research methods in public events focused on land/plants, water/fish and air/birds. In this workshop the participants will discover the urban ecology of the grounds of Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park, observing its environment, wildlife, ecosystem and the juxtapositions of “urban” and “nature.” We will bring all into our research process and develop an idea for a public event using awareness exercises, physical explorations of the space, artistic projects that highlight the natural qualities of the area, and simple scientific data gathering to deepen the knowledge of the local ecology.