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.
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