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WATERPOD™'S FINAL WEEKEND AND GOODBYE PARTY
We will CELEBRATE the closing of our amazing four-month journey with "Future of Mobility, Urbanity, and Water(pods)" at the World's Fair Marina Pier 1 in Flushing, Queens from September 24 - 27th.
On Sunday September 27th we will conclude with an all day I REMEMBER FUTURE goodbye Waterpod™ party from 11 am - 11 pm in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art, featuring Natalie Jeremijenko's Environmental Response Systems, a sea sound and film installation curated by Lauren Rosati, "Ascend" a pirate television broadcast/ planetarium installation by artist James Case Leal, and DJ Trent from WFMU.
LIVE PERFORMANCES by Black Swan Green and MNDR, with Waterpod™ inspired drinks and memorabilia for sale.
COME AND PARTY LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW on the Waterpod's final night 8 pm - 11 pm.
TROLLEY SERVICE from the Queens Museum of Art to the Waterpod on Sunday September 27th, starting at Noon from Willets Point Avenue and going until 6 pm. The trolley will be making a loop from Willets Point/Citifield, Waterpod™, and the Museum continuously between 12-6pm (last leg leaves Waterpod™ for QMA at 5:45 pm, then QMA at 6pm for the subway). You can catch the trolley on Roosevelt Avenue immediately underneath the elevated 7 train stop. OR if driving come to museum first, and then you can either drive or take the trolley to Waterpod™.
James Case Leal's radio tower sculptures have been quietly living in the Waterpod™'s garden. At sundown (approximately 6:45 PM) on Sunday, September 27 they will come to life to broadcast a pirated analog television signal to the surrounding area. It is an exploration of community, spirituality, and reuse that aims to reclaim and recycle these invisible commons.
Onboard Waterpod™, the broadcast will be projected into the geodesic dome, transforming it into a planetarium. The film offers a view of New York City with its inhabitants ascending upwards into heaven as a reminder that we are always ascending and that we all ascend together >>
This artist residency was organized in collaboration with Montreal’s Occurrence Gallery who also invited 10 other artists on the Waterpod™ from June to September: Rodney Latourelle, Marc Dulude, Lynne Marsh, Diane Borsato, Sylvie Cotton, Isabelle Hayeur, Jean-Pierre Bourgault (in co-production with Avatar), Frederique Saïa, Kate Greenslade and BGL. These artists were curated by artists and co-curators Ève K. Tremblay, Mary Mattingly and Jean-Michel Ross with the participation of Canada Council for the Arts and Délégations du Québec in NYC. All the artists, as well as the artist-curators Ève K. Tremblay and Mary Mattingly, will show in September 2010 at Occurence Gallery.
SEPTEMBER 2009: WATERPOD™'S FINAL WEEK
We will celebrate the closing of our amazing four-month journey with "Future of Mobility, Urbanity, and Water(pods)" at the World's Fair Marina in Flushing, Queens from September 24th - 27th. This celebration will include events with the Queens Museum of Art, Conflux Festival, Underwater New York, Swimming Cities, Terreform, Wicked Delicate's Truck Farm, Andrew Faust and the Center for Bioregional Living, hands-on workshops for Thriving After the Flood by artist Christopher Robbins, and Natalie Jeremijenko's Environmental Response Systems.
Saturday, September 26
1 PM Christopher Robbins & Douglas Paulson: Jerry-Rigging 101: Build your own boat from urban detritus / Knot tying-bring (stuff that might float)
2 PM - 5 PM Artist Hector Canonge's Latitude S. public workshop. Latitude S. media projections at 7 PM
3 PM Secret School and the K.I.D.S. host a "Wild Tea Party": A workshop on making jam and tea from foraged wild edible fruit
4 PM Lecture with Terreform founders Maria Aiolova and Mitchell Joachim discussing The Future of the Carborexic City
6 PM - 7 PM Artist Hector Canonge's Latitude S. video
6 PM - 8 PM Jérémie Gindre and Frédéric Post, special showcase and sound performance, co-curated by Espace Kugler
Sunday, September 27
11 AM - 11 PM "I Remember Future": All day Goodbye Waterpod™ Party in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art (Trolley Service from QMA to Waterpod™)
12 PM Barbara Flanagan talks about the future of water and her new book Flanagan’s Smart Home: 98 Essentials for Starting Out, Starting Over, or Scaling Back. (Workman, 2009) lecture and book signing
1 PM Christopher Robbins & Ian Warren: Making portable gardens, cereal banks (D.I.Y. protectionism) and food preservation
3 PM Cassie Thornton presents Barter System Beauty Salon: Get your palm read and your nails did
4 PM Natalie Jeremijenko's Environmental Response Systems
6 PM - 8 PMLauren Rosati curates an evening of sound and sea vessels with artist Dylan Gauthier and artist David Gatten
4 PM - 11 PM James Case Leal's Ascend Planetarium video installation in the great dome and broadcast installation at the Queens Museum of Art
8 PM - 11 PM Trent Wolbe of WFMU will DJ
9 PM - 10 PM Live performances by Black Swan Green and MNDR.
In celebration of Waterpod's last week, and its docking at the Queens' historical marina, LATITUDE . S constitutes a site specific performance (Friday, Sept 25) where the artist Hector Canonge, wearing an environmental suit, will be at Flushing Meadows Park inviting people of the community of Queens to participate in a visual workshop onboard Waterpod™ (Sat. Sept 26) where they will build, draw, and sketch their versions of Utopic worlds, imagined cities, villages of hope, and sustainable environments using eco-friendly materials. The project culminates with an evening outdoor live projection (Sat. Sept 26) where narratives based on the writings of Latin American authors exploring Utopias are mixed with real time people's presence while visiting the Pod >>
Saturday, September. 26th 6 - 8 PM: Jérémie Gindre and Frédéric Post, US debut, special showcase and sound performance, ceremony and lecture, as well as a work in progress sculpture, co-curated by Espace Kugler (Geneva/Switzerland), with financial help of PRO HELVETIA.
Jérémie Gindre: You Will Be Seeing Unusual Accomplishment
Jérémie Gindre will sculpt a replica of the Coral Castle onboard Waterpod™ on Thursday, September 24, Friday September 25 and Saturday, September 26. Coral Castle is a stone structure created between 1928 and 1951by the Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin, North of the city of Homestead, Florida. The structure is comprised of numerous megalithic stones (mostly limestone, formed from coral), each weighing several tons. The Coral Castle is considered very mysterious because it is said that one man assembled the entire structure, working alone nightly over 28 years. The whole story will be told Saturday, September 27, at 6-8 pm. During this ceremony, the Coral Castle will be flown into the river.
Swimming Cities announces the 2010 project: Ocean of Blood. We will host events throughout the fall and winter to raise funds and support beginning with a September 20th Sunset Cocktail Night onboard Waterpod™. Only 60 tickets are available for $40 each. RSVP required by Saturday, September 19 to email@example.com
Ocean of Blood is an upcoming project by the New York City-based artgroup Swimming Cities. We will embark on a voyage through India in Spring 2010. We begin the journey with the Kumbha Mela festival in Haridwar, and travel on the Ganges River through Uttar Pradesh to our destination city, Varanasi. Our team of artists, mechanics, and performers will collaborate with South Asian artists, musicians and tradesmen to create a fleet of sculptural rivercraft. Once in Varanasi, the separate crafts will link together to form a single vessel and floating stage where we will present a series of performances inspired by the experience of our immersion into Indian culture. The Swimming Cities project and its past incarnation, the Miss Rockaway Armada, have each year explored our historical and societal connection to the rivers and waterways, traveling with handmade rafts, gleaning inspiration, friendship and knowledge. This year's project is the most ambitious and far-reaching yet, as we travel farther from home, and expand to include larger-scale collaborations.
Originally founded by visual artist Swoon, the crew of about 30 collaborators has developed over the past five years. Drawn from many arts groups such as the Toyshop Collective, the Madagascar Institute, Cyclecide, the Floating Neutrinos, LEMUR, and from the Bay Area, Minneapolis and New York, the crew includes circus performers, carpenters, artists, mechanics, and musicians. The Miss Rockaway Armada, a flotilla of handbuilt rafts, traveled the Mississippi River in 2006 and 2007. Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea floated down the Hudson River to New York City in 2008, and as Swimming Cities of Serenissima, from Slovenia to Venice in 2009.
We can also be found at weareswimmingcities.org and have a facebook fan page that will announce all of our upcoming events.
Urban Permaculture with Andrew Faust focuses on regenerating today's cityscapes including ecological ways to bring clean air, water and healthy soil back into city centers and urban landscapes. Healing the city and healing ourselves.
This workshop will focus on practical tools for creating positive social change, inner-city gardening techniques, indoor and apartment gardening, making fermented foods,
Living Machines and natural wastewater treatment, biogas generators, ecological niche market and value added business ideas, passive integrated water systems, rain gardens that alleviate flooding while addressing sewage treatment plant overflows and clean water, living roofs, rooftop gardens and regional energy systems.
Andrew Faust, founder of The Center for Bioregional Living, has been teaching ecological design and Permaculture for over 17 years. Nearly two years ago he moved to NYC, after homesteading off the grid for 8 years in rural W.V., and hit the ground running teaching numerous classes, speaking on various panels, designing edible gardens, consulting urban and rural clients and volunteering in his local community garden. He is currently working on creating ecological training centers in North America and abroad and inspiring the next wave of students in his 4th full Permaculture Design Certification in NYC. Andrew has taught the PDC course over 13 times since 2003 at Yestermorrow Design/Build school in Warren, Vermont.
For more info visit: http://www.homebiome.com/index.php
Elizabeth L. Bradley is Assistant Director for Public Programs and Lifelong Learning and Deputy Director of the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. She is the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York, published this summer by Rutgers University Press. She edited Washington Irving's A History of New York, has served as a contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York City and the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York, and has written about New York history and culture for The New York Times and Bookforum, among other publications.
The Bronx welcomes Waterpod™ and celebrates the opening of its new urban sanctuary, Concrete Plant Park with locally programmed events including the arrival of SLO Architecture's Bronx River Crossing Watershed Raft, Mobile Gardening with artist Tattfoo Tan, Artist Katie Holten's Tree Museum and KayCee Wimbish from Awesome Farms in Tivoli will be hosting a New York City Chicken Meet Up onboard Waterpod™.
11AM - 3 PM Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Rocking the Boat and Bronx River Alliance, BRX Watershed Raft welcome Waterpod™ to Concrete Plant Park >>
1 PM - 2 PM: Katie Holten presentation on the Tree Museum project >>
2 PM - 4 PM: Artist Tattfoo Tan workshop on how-to-build a Mobile Garden >>
4:30 PM - 6 PM: Chicken Meet Up with KayCee Wimbish from Awesome Farms >>
100 TREES GIVE VOICE TO 100 PERSPECTIVES
Katie Holten created the TREE MUSEUM to celebrate the communities and ecosystems along the Grand Concourse, a 100 year-old boulevard in The Bronx. Visitors will be able to listen in on local stories and the intimate lives of trees offered by current and former residents: from beekeepers to rappers, historians to gardeners, school kids to scientists >>
Sunday September 13, 5-7: What Will It Take To Create a New World? A lecture with Melanie Chopko and Pachamama Alliance.
This workshop connects the dots between environmental sustainability, social justice and personal fulfillment, and asks: How did we get here? While seeing all of these crises as symptoms of a larger issue of small thinking, we can discuss the new, emerging story of what is possible for the future, grounding hope in our ability to act powerfully and authentically on behalf of our world.
We'll explore four questions:
Where Are We? – Getting a clear picture of the state of our world.
How did We Get Here? – Tracing the root causes that lead to our current imbalance.
What's Possible for the Future? – Discovering new ways of relating with each other, with the earth and looking at the emerging movement for change.
Where Do We Go from Here? – Considering the stand we want to be in the world and our personal and collective impact.
Please plan to attend from start to finish >>
Date: Friday 9.18
Start Time: 2:00pm
Location: World’s Fair Marina Flushing, Queens map
Waterpod™ will be docked at the World’s Fair Marina in Queens, giving us the opportunity to talk about the future: what worked with Waterpod 1, and what we have concluded we would change given a chance to try this experiment again.
The Waterpod™ team will tour the on-board closed system, and explore the process of the Waterpod™ from its inception to the possibilities for the future. They will talk about the decision-making behind Waterpod™, how is was built and how it works, the choices made by the residents in their daily lives onboard Waterpod™, and the possibilities for the future of Waterpod™ and Waterpods.
Mary Mattingly is a photographer and sculptor as well as the Founder of the Waterpod. Ian Daniel is a curator, permaculturalist and filmmaker. Ian is the Residency Curator on Waterpod. Jes Gettler is a sculptor living and working aboard Waterpod™. John McGarvey is the Executive Director of Waterpod™. John is a local and international Art/Technology/Creative consultant for the past 15 years as well as an art and politics activist. Hendrik “Rik” Van Hemmen is an aerospace and ocean engineer and a principal in Martin, Ottaway, van Hemmen & Dolan, Inc., a maritime consulting firm that has been in continuous operation in the port of New York since 1875. Rik is Waterpod’s Nautical Engineer.
HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS FOR THRIVING AFTER THE FLOOD
(all workshops take place at 1PM)
After-the-flood survival skills with Christopher Robbins, Matt Bua, Douglas Paulson and Ian Warren.
This series of hands on workshops will help you thrive in New York City after the sea levels have risen, including How to build your own boat from urban detritus, Waterborn edibles in NYC, Making portable gardens, How to make a solar cooker, Setting up cereal banks (D.I.Y. protectionism), Jerry-rigging 101, and basic mechanics. These are all hands-on workshops using scavenged materials. All work-shops are safe for children and adults, and no experience is necessary.
You might get wet, you will get dirty, and you will do what you need to do to thrive and survive in this neodiluvian age ahead.
Sunday, September 20, 1PM - onboard Waterpod™ @ Queens World Fair Marina
Christopher Robbins & Matt Bua
-Waterborn edibles in New York / Build a solar cooker
Saturday, Seprember 26, 1PM - onboard Waterpod™ @ Queens World Fair Marina
Christopher Robbins & Douglas Paulson
-Jerry-rigging 101: Build your own boat from urban detritus / Knot tying
-bring stuff that might float
Sunday, September 27, 1PM - onboard Waterpod™ @ Queens World Fair Marina
Christopher Robbins & Ian Warren
-Making portable gardens, cereal banks (D.I.Y. protectionism) and food preservation
Workshops topics subject to change instantly, unexpectedly and irrevocably. It's a wild wonderful world out there on the water.
FUNCTIONAL UTOPIAN MANICURES for the URBAN SURVIVALIST!
Sunday, September 27, 3 PM
Cassie Thornton is a conceptual artist and she has developed the Barter System Beauty Salon as a platform to explore ideas of beauty with people and experiment with a profitable, non-monetary system for exchange. At BSBS a beauty service is given in exchange for a handwritten description of beauty. The situation that develops around this exchange is a hybrid business model based on many manifestations of 'beauty' and 'salon': prolificness and staying power of the family owned beauty salon, the history of experimentation within the french salon of painting, and the salon as a gathering formed just for the discussion of the mysterious permanence of beauty. The Barter System Beauty Salon can grow and travel virally - like a pyramid scheme that will lead to enlightenment instead of wealth.
Onboard Waterpod™, BSBS will be offering a one day special: FUNCTIONAL UTOPIAN MANICURES for the URBAN SURVIVALIST!
In exchange for a tax deductible description of beauty, clients will be able to receive a functional manicure that will open up the possibilities of what they can do with their hands!
Choose from a list of services including but not limited to:
- A Sandicure: Sand your floors and your other nails with your very own abrasive fingernails!
- Aeratio-Nails: Reduce turf compaction with this oh so fun-ctional manic-cure!
- The Ruler: Let us turn your fingernails into measurement instruments! Measure distances with your very own hands.
- Spoonfed: Go to breakfast at Tiffany's, but don't waste her sterling silver. Use your spoonnail!
Tattfoo Tan | Mobile Garden
Artist in Residence onboard Waterpod™ at Concrete Plant Park, Bronx, New York.
Saturday, September 5, 2 - 4 PM
Drop by this waterborne Mobile Garden and learn more about composting and the adopt-a-worm campaign.
Sunday, September 6, 2 - 4 PM
Saturday, September 12, TBA
Sunday, September 13, TBA
Bring a piece of old luggage, an office chair, baby stroller or anything you can find that has wheels on it. We'll turn it into a Mobile Garden together.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28: WATERPOD™ AS A PART OF CENYC PROGRAMMING
Become a Champion Recycler aboard Waterpod™. Join us after work on Friday, August 28 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm for a recycling workshop aboard Waterpod™ while it is docked in Staten Island. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this floating sculpture, mobile art exhibition and living space that demonstrates sustainable technology. Waterpod™ is docked in Staten Island at Richmond Terrace and Lafayette Avenue from August 20th to August 31st. Visit CENYC’s Recycling Events page for more information >>
Most people have heard of the sea, but only a small portion of the world has experienced the sea. To many people sailing is something exotic that exists in maritime literature, and, indeed, many great authors have made their careers on writing about the sea.
What makes being at sea so different from being on land is that being at sea is like going on a space voyage; once you are on, you cannot get off. Surviving at sea changes the way that people behave and often provides interesting insights into the human condition.
This presentation will examine the effect of the sea on humans and will use this examination to provide further insights on Waterpod™ and sustainability in general.
Hendrik “Rik” van Hemmen is an aerospace and ocean engineer and a principal in Martin, Ottaway, van Hemmen & Dolan, Inc., a maritime consulting firm that has been in continuous operation in the port of New York since 1875. Mr. van Hemmen consults on maritime engineering and human factors issues to a wide variety of clients and has performed investigations in hundreds of human/technology interactions such as yacht design, ship crew size and workload, environmental management, novel technologies, the Exxon Valdez spill and the Staten Island ferry disaster. (top)
12:00 - 5:00 PM Nicholas Fevelo and community artists create an affordable “art market” out of found materials. Fish and veggie sculptures will be made available for “sale” in the evening to benefit COAHSI and the Waterpod™.
6:00 PM Reception, including functioning “art market” and viewing of Day de Dada video highlighting their Art Recycle Project on August 1st at Van Duzer Summer Streets in Staten Island and Lucero music video by DB Lampman and Joseph White about children who build a boat out of recycled materials and launch it off to sea.
7:00 PM Musical performance by Bob Wright, accompanied by Bill Doerge and Chris Miner.
8:00 PM Screening of “Memory Loop” by Paul Moakley, with live musical accompaniment by Painting Soldiers.
COAHSI Welcomes the Waterpod™ to Staten Island’s North Shore
STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, AUGUST 4, 2009— The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) is pleased to welcome the Waterpod ™ to the North Shore of Staten Island. The Waterpod™ will be docked on the shore in collaboration with the Atlantic Salt Maritime Festival, offering a variety of art and community activities for the public, free of charge. The Waterpod™ will be mooring on the shore August 18th and disembarking on September 1st. It will be docked outside the Atlantic Salt Company, so that the community may come on-board and experience the events taking place inside.
On Thursday, August 20th, COAHSI’s “Welcome Party” for the Waterpod™ will include a great line-up of performances and events. COAHSI and SICOLAB will be working together with the Waterpod™ team to provide great Staten Island based performances, events, and art collaborations for the duration of the Waterpod™’s stay. On August 20, from 12-5pm, Nicholas Fevelo and community artists create an affordable “art market” out of found materials. Fish and veggie sculptures will be made available for “sale” in the evening to benefit COAHSI and the Waterpod™. At 6:00pm you’re invited to the reception, including the functioning “art market” and viewing of Day de Dada video highlighting their Art Recycle Project on August 1st at Van Duzer Summer Streets in Staten Island. A musical performance by Bob Wright, with Bill Doerge and Chris Miner will take place at 7pm. End the evening with the screening of “Memory Loop” by Paul Moakley, with live musical accompaniment by Painting Soldiers; screening starts at 8pm.
Other art and community events have been planned for the duration of the Waterpod™’s stay on Staten Island. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Atlantic Salt Maritime Festival featuring the Waterpod™, and a replica of Henry Hudson’s ship Half Moon. Join a guided tour of either the Half Moon or one of the other notable ships in the fleet during your visit. The Half Moon and Waterpod™ are both free and open to the public. The Waterpod™ will be docked outside the Atlantic Salt Company located at 561 Richmond Terrace, just west of Gerardi’s Farmer Market.
The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) works to foster, develop, and support the arts and humanities on Staten Island. We do this through professional development, technical assistance, and regrants to artists and arts organizations. COAHSI works hard to bring together artists, organizations, and the greater Staten Island community.
For more information on the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) visit www.statenislandarts.org (top)
Marc Dulude will be in residence on Waterpod™. He will be doing multiple art performances with a remote controlled Dazzling Ship, the Razzle Dazzle, on different water surfaces in various neighborhoods of New York City.
This artist residency was organized in collaboration with Montreal’s Occurrence Gallery who also invited 9 other artists on the Waterpod™ from June to September: Rodney Latourelle, Lynne Marsh, Diane Borsato, Sylvie Cotton, Isabelle Hayeur, Jean-Pierre Bourgault (in co-production with Avatar), Frederique Saïa, Kate Greenslade and BGL. These artists were curated by Ève K. Tremblay, Mary Mattingly and Jean-Michel Ross with the participation of Canada Council for the Arts and Délégations du Québec in NYC. (top)
Get Your Garden On Sunday Aug 16, 1-7 PM onboard Waterpod™.
1 PM - 3 PM
Carissa Carman and Logan Smith, the Waterpod™ Living Systems Designers. This is your chance to garden on the Pod. Come explore hands on garden maintenance, tricks, tips, insect identification and harvesting. A great event for the family or anyone interested in getting in touch or exercising their green side.
3 PM - 4 PM
Britta Riley from The Window Farms Project will be doing a how-to-build a window farm.
1 PM - 7 PM
Bob Hyland of the Center for Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen) will be on board during the day to present modern sub-irrigation methods and how to make recycled soda bottle planters.
4 PM - 6 PM
Severine von Tscharner Fleming from The Greenhorns: DIY 4H: Hands-on.
6 PM - 7 PM
Annie Novak from Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint will be stopping by to help out. With additional special guests: Urban Plant research.
Lee Mandell of Boswyck Farms will be giving presentations on Hydroponics on the Waterpod on the following dates:
Sunday, August 16 at 1 pm at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBPDC)
Subway directions: Take 4/5 to Borough Hall Station. Head west on Joralemon Street toward Clinton Street to Furman Street. Take M/R to Court Street, 2/3 to Borough Hall Sation Head west on Montague Street toward Cadman Plaza West. Turn left at Henry Street Turn right at Joralemon Street towards the river. Click here for a map.
Saturday, August 22 at 6 pm and Sunday, August 30 at 6 pm at Staten Island
(Atlantic Salt - this overlaps with the Atlantic Salt Festival). Preserving the Tidal Wetlands and Ecosystems through studies of the original flora and fauna of New York. Click here for a map.
The presentation will be an introduction to Hydroponics including a brief history of Hydorponics, an overview of common Hydroponic methods and hands on examples of some of these methods. For any questions or more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Waterpod is is a floating, sculptural, eco-habitat designed for the rising tides. We here at Boswyck Farms are honored to be invited to install a Hydroponic System on the Waterpod.
Times are subject to change check the Boswyck Farms blog for the latest updates.
The Center for Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen) on the Waterpod
Urban greenscaping is about growing food, flowers and foliage in the city using portable sub-irrigated planters. There is no need for tillable land. Grow food or flowers on balconies, patios, rooftops, driveways and other paved surfaces. Produce in the range of 50% more vegetables per square foot while saving water and time.
CuGreen founder Bob Hyland is on board during weekend public hours to demonstrate and answer questions about the sub-irrigated planters installed on the Waterpod. The blog InsideUrbanGreen.org is the voice of CuGreen with up-dated information about urban greenscaping workshops and Waterpod participation >>
WATERPOD™ SCHEDULE AT PIER 5 BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK >>
Week-Long Daytime Art/Dance Residency August 9-16: Waterways is a collaboration carried out in the converged areas of science, architecture, media, music and movement. This collaborative research will culminate in public actions surrounding the theme of water in Brooklyn. The research process will take place aboard Waterpod™ in the cove of Brooklyn Bridge Park, with the first public action taking place at Waterpod™ on Saturday, August 15. The development of this Brooklyn-based project is supported through iLAND, Inc’s iLAB Residency Program, and by the generous support of The Danish Arts Council. The collaborative team includes choreographers Karina Dichov lund, Klara Elenius and Emma Nordanfors of E.K.K.O, media artist Lucy Hg from The League of Imaginary Scientists, environmental researcher David Garin, architect Annie Kwon, and composer Matt McBane. By focusing on the exchange of their practices and developing a common process, the group will develop interactive scenarios and perform community-based actions. They will arrive all at once at 8 am and leave at 4 pm daily >>
Come down and support Waterpod™ during its first weekend docked in Dumbo. The fantastic country punk band, I'll Be John Brown will kick off the celebrations, complete with food from Waterpod™ and beer from a local brewery. Date: Saturday, August 8, 2009 Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm Location: Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park @ Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park. This is a zero waste event, so please bring your own cup. (top)
This one-time free event will take place aboard Waterpod™. We will host a diverse and invigorating line-up of lectures, performances, music, and videos to commemorate the anniversary of the Northeast Blackout of 2003, an incident which left New York City unplugged for nearly two days. Participants include: Tsubasa Berg, Brandstifter, Martha Clippinger, Cloudcloud with Trinitron & friends, Allan Hazlett, Joelle Howald, Mary Mattingly, Anne Percoco, Post Neo-Absurdist Anti-Collective, Justin Shull, Bryan Zanisnik. (top)
Engaging communities worldwide to chart a sustainable future, Green Map System offers adaptable resources and award-winning iconography to both student and adult-led mapmaking projects. Highlighting green living, nature, cultural and social sites, to date, nearly 400 editions have been published, as seen at GreenMap.org. Each is unique but all use the same set of Green Map Icons to highlight sites, pathways and resources in over 570 communities in 55 countries. The Open Green Map social mapping website adds an inclusive and interactive component to sustainable community development. Green Map System has been based in NYC since 1995, and in addition to creating resources for mapmakers worldwide, has published various citywide and themed editions of the Green Apple Map. Find out about contributing the green sites you know about to OpenGreenMap.org/nyc and about creating new editions highlighting neighborhoods and issues you love. Presenters include Wendy Brawer, founding director and Carlos Martinez, director of programs. >>
RENA PANUSH is a lyric coloratura soprano, from Detroit Michigan. She made her New York debut at Town Hall in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims and her Carnegie Hall debut with the Manhattan Philharmonic and her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as guest artist with the Chelsea Chamber Ensemble. She has sung leading roles including Lucia, Norma, Fiordiligi, Rosalinda, Micaela, Rosina and Donna Anna with the Regina Opera Company.
New York City Trees: Meet Your Neighbors
Samuel A. Bishop II, Education Director for Trees New York will introduce you to New York City’s trees. He will discuss the benefits of trees in a city, with focus on New York, and the stories behind some of our more common street and park trees. Learn how to identify some of our more common street and park trees, and what you can do to help protect the trees on your street and help them thrive. Bring your tree questions for the question and answer session. Participants will receive Trees New York’s Urban Leaf and Tree Handbook free >>
Please come by if you can! Waterpod™ will be docked at 125th Street, Riverside, New York during that time. If you have an article of clothing, linens, even shoes, that need repair or alteration, Artist Myriam Dym can help you out by making an egregious patch, a dramatic intervention, or even an utter transformation. She provides this service in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, and accepts many things in trade (such as: ideas, conversation, unlikely materials, using up my overstock, documentation, promotion, networking and even cash). Some items will be dealt with on the spot (on a first come, first served basis); other items, ones which require more than a little hand-mending* will be given the treatment at the Dym's Enrichment New York studio. This latter group of articles will be returned to you, the Client, at our mutual convenience. *Not much electricity on the Waterpod™, so the electric sewing machine stays in the studio! >>
Kim Knowlton is Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Global Warming & Health Project. She researches the links between climate change and health, advocates for stronger climate-health preparedness, and promotes “win-win” projects that can reduce toxic air pollution and greenhouse gases at the same time.
Joyce Klein Rosenthal is a doctoral candidate in the Urban Planning Program at Columbia University. Her research evaluates the impacts of climate on urban health and explores the process by which adaptive strategies are developed and used by communities. Prior to starting work on a PhD, Joyce was Project Director of the New York Climate & Health Project, which created an interdisciplinary modeling framework to project the impacts on air quality and public health from land-use and climate change in the New York metropolitan region in the following decades. (top)
DIANE BORSATO will be in residence on Waterpod™ researching mushroom species in various neighborhood markets and shops (Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Polish etc.) and bringing specimens back to the Pod for collection, identification and drawing. While onboard, Borsato will also be identifying fungi on Governor's Island and looking for fungus on the Pod itself. (top)
Representatives from Coast Guard Sector New York's Incident Management Division will cover the following topics; Oil Spill Prevention and Clean-Up. In addition discuss the importance of public awareness and how this affects our environment today. The following displays and equipment will be available for the public to see and interact with:
-Oil Sample Kit.
-Sample Jars w/ Extended Pole and Twine, Nets, Gloves, Eye /Ear Protection.
-Proper Protective Equipment.
-Overall & Floatation Work Suit (Mustang Suit).
-Hard Hats/Flash Lights, Gloves, Ear Protection.
-Variety of Oil Samples for display showing different viscosities.
-Underwater Camera/Infrared Camera.
WATERPOD YOGA ON GOVERNORS ISLAND SATURDAY JULY 11
Join us for a local eco-adventure like you've never experienced. Journey to Governor's Island, board the Waterpod, and practice yoga on a floating, sculptural, eco-habitat. Our yoga practice will be a 75-minute slow flow class, suitable for all levels. In honor of our unique Waterpod surroundings, we will use our practice to strengthen our nervous systems and access a quiet self-confidence so that we may face our collective future with equanimity. After yoga, venture off the Waterpod to explore the many green spaces and picnic spots of Governor's Island. "For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base - home to the US Army and Coast Guard....In 2003 the federal government sold most of the Island to the people of New York for one dollar....The 172-acre Island is about 22 city-blocks long from tip to tip. The northern 92 acres of the Island are the Governors Island Historic District and are open to the public for picnics, tours, concerts, car-free biking, and more."
Wear: stretchy comfortable clothing, shorts or pants, and a somewhat fitted t-shirt
Bring: long-sleeved t-shirt or light jacket, yoga mat, water, lunch?, your bike?
Cost: $10 yoga donation to the Waterpod, the ferry ride is free
Meeting Time: 9:45 am @ ferry station
Meeting Location: Battery Maritime Building, adjacent to Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan - please see http://www.govisland.com/Visit_the_Island/directions.asp for more information on directions, etc
Yoga: Yoga runs 10:45am-12noon. You are free to explore and leave the island when you wish. Ferries depart Governor's Island every hour until 7pm. (top)
LIVING SCULPTURES: What! Art and Oysters? One Artist’s Quest to Create the Ultimate Habitat for the Urban Oyster. New York City was once known as the "Oyster Capitol of the World", with its water systems once boasting 350 square miles of oyster reef. Now it has none. New York City based environmental artist Mara G. Haseltine wants to change that.
Sunday, July 12, 2009 Governor's Island, NYC
1:30 PM: Meet at Manhattan’s Governors Island Ferry Terminal, and arrival of special guest performance artist Jessica Delfino as "Ghost of Oyster's Past"
2:15 PM: Lecture & Demonstration on Waterpod™ (environmental art barge docked off Governor’s Island)
3:15 PM: Tour of "Modern Day Midden: Ode to Oysters Past” (at Colonial's Row, Governor’s Island)
Cost of event: FREE (including the ferry ride)
MARA G. HASELTINE, environmental artist and science based sculptor, will be giving a talk and demonstration showcasing her latest work in creating designs and structures for 'living sculptures" in order to create an ultimate urban oyster reef in New York City. In addition to her talk the artist will give a tour of her work "Modern Day Midden: Ode to Oysters Past" and related drawings, currently installed on Governors Island in "Colonel's Row" as part of the the sculpture Guilds' show entitled "Formative Lines", which was curated by the Drawing Center and is on display throughout the summer season.
She will talk about her involvement in bringing the Crassotrea Virginica, or the native New York oyster back to region's estuaries. This would create a natural filtration system to cleanse the waters stimulating a return to a level of biodiversity that has been missing in New York’s waters since the Industrial Revolution. Oysters are the backbone of the benthic habitat and act as natural water treatment plants. The average oyster filters 5-25 gallons of "nutrient" rich water per day. The restoration of 100 square miles of reef would filter twenty seven billion tons of wastewater that flows into New York's Waterways annually. The reef would not only be a haven for oysters, but would quickly become a diverse habitat for aquatic life of all forms from gastropods to Striped Bass. (top)
**OUR LECTURE WITH PETER EISENSTADT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE**
There is a long story – four centuries long, of migration into and out of New York State. No state has had as many immigrants, and no state has lost as many residents through migration. This process began early in the colonial period when Europeans moved in and much of the native Indian population left or was forced out. In the immediate post-revolutionary settlement, the state lost as much as a quarter of its population. Thereafter, migrants from New England poured into Central and Western New York, and shortly thereafter, left in large numbers for the Mid West and Far West.
The early 20th century saw new waves of immigrants from eastern and southern Europe, and African Americans from the South. But by the second half of the 20th century, there was a massive migration to the South and West, centered on Florida and California. In the state’s recent history, it is once again defined by contrasting waves of in-migration and out-migration. Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities.
Dr. Peter Eisenstadt is an expert on the history of New York City and New York State, and was the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of New York State (2005) and managing editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City (1995). The author of numerous works on New York State history, he lives in Rochester, New York. This free public event is hosted by, and aboard Waterpod™ while docked at the South Street Seaport, Pier 17. (top)
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