Collaborating with organizations including the NYC Urban Field Station, Space HL and the Urban Soils Institute, Swale will present a variety of environmental arts programming exploring the intersections of soil, water and food. Visitors will be invited to participate in walk-in workshops for a New York Soil Library, an archive of soil samples from across NYC, and join free classes about local soils, international seas, as well as edible and medicinal plants. In addition, exhibitions and multimedia installations will explore processes of environmental decay and transformation, from everyday found objects to massive coral reefs and imagined dystopian landscapes.
Ongoing exhibition and workshop series through October 27: Curiouseed Presents: Intelligent Fungi
Intelligent Fungi is a three month research, exhibition and workshop series presented by Curiouseed to celebrate the fungal wisdoms and learn from fungi, our greatest teachers, to build, nourish, and heal. Visitors will learn about the critical roles fungi play in earth’s life support system and get hands-on with fungi to restore contaminated water, experiment with biofabrication, and survey the mushroom species on Governors Island.
Ongoing exhibition through October 27: Elizabeth Demaray’s Plastomach
Have you ever felt sad about disposing of plastic when it may end up in landfill? Do you worry that your plastic debris may become micro particles in the ocean? If so, please bring your plastic debris to the artist researchers at Swale House, between July 29th and October 30th and it may become part of the platomach system. Elizabeth Demaray’s living sculpture and community art action, considers the roll of plastic in our daily lives and proposes that we view this material as a resource. The heart of this installation is a plastomach (plastic+stomach), which actually consumes plastic by virtue of living fungi. Utilizing research from the John Dighton Lab at Rutgers University, this open source design suggests that we may be able to re envision our consumer waste cycle by expanding the habitat of white rot fungi into our domestic living spaces.
Saturday, September 14, 4 PM
Hot Ecology: Hudson Valley
SCAPE architect Wendy Andringa will give a presentation on nuclear sites, focusing on the pending closure of dozens of 1960’s-era nuclear plants around the United States. These closures open a new chapter of decommissioning and remediation activities that will transition these nuclear sites to new uses. Hot Ecology describes the ecological and political environment of these post-nuclear landscapes.
Hot Ecology: Hudson Valley focuses with curiosity on Indian Point, a Hudson River nuclear facility located 40 miles north of New York City, by examining ecological impacts of decommissioning and remediation on surrounding communities.
Saturday, September 14 & 21, 1-3 PM
MycoPaper: Making handmade paper with mushrooms
With the ecological challenges our world is facing, now more than ever, mushrooms are a vital and relevant queendom to understand, cultivate, and forage. Mushrooms are a great alternative to cellulose-based paper. Using polypore mushrooms and DIY paper making techniques participants will make their own mycopaper in addition to learning how to find, and ethically forage, for paper-friendly mushrooms.
RSVP: September 14, September 21
Sunday, October 6, 12:30 PM
Curioseed Mushroom Walk with New York Mycological Society
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