The waterways present both opportunity and challenge in light of a changing climate, increasing urban density and increased public awareness of ecological concerns. More art projects are happening on, in, or in relationship to the water. Much of this work is time-based and relates to Land Art, Public Art, and Performance Art, as well as current economic and global trends; there is a palpable interest in this emerging field.
This SoA working group researched and collected data about art projects linked to bodies of water. As a group, we developed and defined parameters and best methods for the collection of information. We collected an initial bulk of information articulated our findings in writing and the production of at least two visual maps, one geographic and one relational. These maps are online so they can keep growing. Our intention is to continue to collect data on projects around the world, especially in areas which are not currently well represented on the maps. We are also planning to collect audio interviews from the artists to further tease out relationships and connections.
Working Group Members:
Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American director and translator. Her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, Cherry Lane Theater, EFA Project Space, Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, Rattlestick, et al and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Bangladesh. Awards include a Princess Grace Award and Creative Climate Award (first prize 2015); residencies include the Watermill Center, Hermitage Foundation, and currently LMCC’s Workspace Residency 2016-17. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College/CUNY. SarahCameronSunde.com + 365waterproject.org
Eve Mosher is an artist and interventionist living and working in New York City. Her works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues. Recent work examines the complex urban waterways and utilizes creativity to explore future challenges and opportunities. Her work has been profiled in international media including the The New Yorker, New York Times, ARTnews, Miami Herald, L’uomo Vogue, and Le Monde. Her public and community based artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, through the Brooklyn Arts Council, and The City Parks Foundation. Collaborative work has received support from The Kresge Foundation, The Compton Foundation, The Whitman Foundation, and Invoking the Pause.
Nancy Nowacek is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and educator with a history in socially-engaged art, visual design, design strategy, and education. Her interests are based in urban design, play, communication, and systems interventions. She has been working to reclaim a lost public space between Brooklyn and Governors Island. By building a bridge, she intends to reconnect New Yorkers to their waterways. To this end, she interviews members of the maritime community she’s encountered through the project for Clocktower Radio in a series called CB Radio. She recently completed a 2-year fellowship at Eyebeam. There, she pursued new interventions into architecture and computer coding, co-curating events and teaching courses in experimental Human Computer Interaction. She has shown art and design works in Europe, the US and Canada. She has an MFA in Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Social Practice from California College of Arts. She is also certified in personal training. nancynowacek.com
Seila Fernández Arconada is an independent artist-researcher based in the UK. Currently Visiting Fellow at Moore Institute with the project Moving while doing, nomadic artistic perceptions in socio-environmental transitory times and Honorary Research Staff at the University of Bristol co-directing the project The Land of the Summer People. Seila has delivered numerous cross-disciplinary workshops and interventions including AGU Conference (USA), On Earth (UK) andCommunities Development in Post-Crisis Regions (Ukraine). She has exhibited internationally, recently in Imagined Landscapes (some:when project at RWA, UK), In Between Storage (Latvia) and ENCLAVE Land Art (Spain). Her work focuses in exploring artistic methodology, its boundaries and new approaches.
Tal Beery is an artist and educator. Beery is co-founder of Arts and Ecology, a multidisciplinary institute committed to research, art, and education on radical environmental themes. He is founding faculty at School of Apocalypse, examining the connections between creative practice and notions of survival. Beery is an activist with Occupy Museums, opposing the economic and social injustices propagated by institutions of art and culture. His written work and interviews have appeared in numerous publications and his personal and collaborative works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe.
Tessa Grundon grew up in the Middle East, UK and the United States. She now divides her time
between the UK, her home in lower Manhattan and studio in DUMBO, NY. She has studied at The Arts Students League, New Academy of Fine Art and Parsons while working as a decorative artist and muralist both in the U.S. and Europe before focusing on her own projects. She has been a visiting artist and environmental advocate in New York City schools. Her upcoming projects include environmental and sound studies of rivers on both sides of the Atlantic, initially focusing on the Hudson River. Her work is in several private collections both in the U.S. and abroad.
Dain Mergenthaler is an interdisciplinary artist who makes work about the urban landscape of industry surrounding him. Dain holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, both in fiber, and has explored and exhibited around the country. He has held residencies and fellowships at Caldera Arts, Offshore Residency, The Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE Residency, Wassaic Project, and has participated in workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. Mergenthaler’s most recent projects have included exhibitions at The Heidelberg Project (Detroit, MI), Hatch Art (Hamtramck, MI), Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago, IL), and ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL). He is currently living and working in New York City and is a 2017 Media Arts Fellow at BRIC Media in Downtown Brooklyn. Dmergenthaler.com