MARY MATTINGLY Co-creative Encounters: Ecosystems, Place, and the Political


MARY MATTINGLY Co-creative Encounters: Ecosystems, Place, and the Political

CBIS Auditorium

March 23, 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Mary Mattingly’s expansive practice collapses the boundaries between performance, sculpture, architecture and photography, taking societal consumption and ecological crisis as the points of inquiry. Working with community members ranging from scientists to engineers, students, neighbors, and (occasionally) lawyers, she creates sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces. Conceived as human habitats inspired by patterns of global human migration, her projects explore how humans interact with the environment, machines, and corporate and political entities. At a time when urban populations are faced with environmental, political and economic instability, dislocation and relocation become increasingly important to consider and reconcile. Addressing these themes and concerns, Mattingly will discuss several projects, including The Waterpod Project, a 3,000-square-foot experimental autonomous marine-based habitat designed as a platform for interactive public space; the Flock House Project, a group of mobile public habitats and self-contained ecosystems that are modular, and scalable; and her current project due to be launched this summer, Swale, a floating food forest for New York City.

Mary Mattingly is a new York City-based artist. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Kitchen, International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New York Public Library, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Palais de Tokyo. In 2015, Mattingly completed Pull for the Havana Biennial with the Museo National de Belles Artes and the Bronx Museum. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the James L. Knight Foundation, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, the Harpo Foundation, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, and the Art Matters Foundation. and has been featured in Aperture Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Art+Auction, Sculpture Magazine, Grey Room, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Financial Times, Le Monde Magazine, New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Brooklyn Rail, and on BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, WNBC, and on Art21’s New York Close Up series.

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