"Urban Infrastructures for Non-Humans," with bio-artist Natalie Jeremijenko

"Urban Infrastructures for Non-Humans," with bio-artist Natalie Jeremijenko

Butterfly Bridge: Glen Ave between River St. and 6th Ave., in North Troy.

July 17, 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

http://www.mediasanctuary.org/node/5407

REGISTER at: mediasanctuary.org/workshopregistration 

For more information: email info@mediasanctuary.org or call 518-272-2390.Jeremijenko will lead the community to begin building a public art sculpture, Butterfly Bridge. The bridge will demonstrate possibilities of re-imagining our urban infrastructure, and guide us towards a bio-diverse ecosystem – one upon which our own health critically depends.  A Moth Cinema will be integrated into the structure, revealing the nightly dramas of love, survival and the fluttering lifestyles of the dark and mysterious.  This art installation will reveal the fragility of humans’ and insects’ eco systems, as part of an Environmental Clinic for ‘curing’ our local ecologies through citizen participation.
 
The workshop is in collaboration with “Found Art in North Troy” during Uptown Summer, a 5-week series of public arts workshops designed to enhance livability through creative place-making.  Bioart in an Industrial Wasteland and Found Art in North Troy are funded by the National Endowment of the Arts, with additional support from NYSCA, community organizations and volunteers.

A Moth Cinema will be integrated into the structure, revealing the nightly dramas of love, survival and the fluttering lifestyles of the dark and mysterious.  This art installation will reveal the fragility of humans’ and insects’ eco systems, as part of an Environmental Clinic for ‘curing’ our local ecologies through citizen participation.  Health is framed from the point of view of the environment that sustains the body, rather than more traditional internal view restricted to the functions of the body itself.

“This project introduces the community to an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving with a really strong arts and science component,” said Project Coordinator Kathy High.  The artist workshops will build upon a growing momentum on a block of Troy - 6th Avenue between 101 Street and Glen Avenue – that has suffered decades of neglect. The block is now home to a series of community organizations, including The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Collard City Growers and Troy Bike Rescue, as well as social networks and religious and community groups.  “This is one of the most economically challenged areas in Troy and these projects are bringing new life – including the community of RPI -- into this area,” says RPI Arts Professor Kathy High. “It’s exciting that we can all be a part of the growth in this community.” 

MORE ABOUT NATALIE JERMIJENKO

Named one of the most influential women in technology 2011 and one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept and Environmental Studies program.  Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University. Her degrees are in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science.

Jeremijenko was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial of American Art, also in 1997,  and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Triennial 2006-7. In 2010 Neuberger Museum produced a retrospective exhibition surveying recent work, entitled Connected Environments; in addition to a solo exhibition entitled X in November, 2010 at the University of Technology Sydney. Other recent exhibitions include: Alter Nature: Designing Nature – Designing Human Life – Owning Life  at Z33 in Hasselt; EXPOSED Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 187 at SFMOMA/TATE Modern; Certified Copy at the VERBEKE FOUNDATION; Eat Me! at Postmasters Gallery, New York and “(Re)designing Nature.(Re)designing Nature @ Kuenstlerhaus Vienna in addition to the Mortality exhibition at Australian Center for Contemporary Art.

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