Pioneer Works is a cultural center based in Red Hook, Brooklyn that is devoted to building community through the arts and sciences. Pioneer Works hosts public programs across the disciplines of visual art, music, narrative arts, technology and science. On Governors Island, Pioneer Works residents along with astronomers and partnering organizations will share their work with the public through open studios, exhibitions, participatory programs, and workshops hosted in the historic house.
In Progress Exhibition Series with Betsy Kenyon
Saturdays-Sundays, July 20–September 8, 11AM-5PM
Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York and Pioneer Works have partnered to bring three photographers from Baxter Street community to process black and white photography in the darkroom at Pioneer Works over the course of one month. The commencement of the residency partnership will result in three “In Progress” exhibitions at Nolan Park 8B on Governors Island.
From July 20 to September 8, the first exhibition in this partnership will highlight the work of photographer Betsy Kenyon. This site-specific exhibition sheds light on the deep history of Governors Island’s Nolan Park by using its spatial, textural, and historical elements as a catalyst.
Flying for Microbes
Saturday, August 10, 12-4PM
For us, air is an invisible force we perhaps notice most during a summer breeze. However, if you look a little closer, the air is teeming with tiny living things known as microbes that swim through the air as if it were thick soup. Join Pioneer Works and Genspace on Governors Island to catch some of these microbial species on kites and check them out up close with microscopes.
Strike! Speculative Tools for Workplace Protest
Sunday, August 11, 1-3PM
In preparation for Labor Day, learn about the history of protest tools, from workers throwing shoes into machinery in the early 1900s to sophisticated contemporary technologies. Tech Resident Grayson Earle will discuss common problems in the modern workplace, and how we can generate speculative tools to address these problems.
Mapping the City with the Body
Saturday, August 24, 1-4PM
Our bodies help us recognize, understand, navigate, and even create the urban space. Traces of bodies in space, like the blue dot on Google Maps, provide us with clues about our own movement, metaphors that we use to talk about the city and its systems, and even measurement units. At the same time, cities can have a particularly interesting effect in bodies’ self-awareness and their interactions with the environment, other bodies, and themselves (i.e. sidewalks, elevators, benches in public spaces, workspaces, supermarkets, and spaces for prayer and meditation).
If we use our bodies as mapping tools, how does it transform our knowledge and experience? In this workshop, led by Vanessa Vargas and Nelesi Rodriguez, we will use cartography as a framework to explore corporeal and social practices.
Second Sundays: September 2019
Sunday, September 8, 12-6PM
Second Sundays is a free event series that engages Pioneer Works disciplines through live music, food, artists’ open studios, and interactive programs.
Join Pioneer Works on Governors Island for this very special edition of Second Sundays: September! More information coming soon.
Wave Farm Works in Progress Workshop with Milad Mozari
Sunday, October 13, 1-4PM
This workshop, led by Wave Farm resident Milad Mozari, combines methods in sound recording and Particle brand development boards to survey open spaces and large structures on Governors Island. Participants will explore field recording experiments using indoor and outdoor field recording techniques, environmental data, and layers of a location. Through these experiments, we will notice patterns in the range, resolution, and reflection rate in certain built structures that will open a dialogue and allow participants to experience Governors Island on a different frequency.
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|Sunday||11:00 am — 5:00 pm|