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November 2012

Eco-art: An Antidote to Dystopia (Public lecture)

November 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

This lecture/discussion will explore many aspects of eco-art as it is currently practiced and as it has been framed by Naidus' art projects and the work of her contemporaries. We will examine how theories of social ecology, permaculture design and community-based art practices can influence artists and look at ways that eco-art can become more commonplace -- as rituals in daily life, actions in the street, conversations in the community and as a continuous educational and heart opening process. This…

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Eco-art: An Antidote to Dystopia (Workshop)

November 27, 2012 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

A city block will become our laboratory for addressing the ecological crisis. Participants will engage in a variety of creative practices to limber their imaginations and provoke interactive art. Using walking meditation, journaling, and collaborative tools such as action/research we will stoke our creative fires. We will explore concepts from social ecology and permaculture design and look at ways to transform the dystopic moment we are living in. The workshop will conclude with proposals and questions to bring back to…

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Making paper with Junk Mail

November 27, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

The average person receives 560 pieces of junk mail a year. This workshop will help you transform your junk mail into sheets of beautiful recycled paper. Space is limited to 30 ppl.

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OPENrestaurant with Jerome Waag (food gathering/shopping)

November 28, 2012 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

Once upon a time, the coastal waters of the north Atlantic were teeming with fish. As the Europeans discovered these waters, on their way to the New World, its principal resource, cod, became a staple of their diet. In its preserved form, dried or salted, cod became an important part of the historic triangular trade between Europe, Africa, and the America. Easy to preserve, store, and transport, it was fuel for slave labor in the Caribbean; exchanged for sugar, it…

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OPENrestaurant with Jerome Waag (cooking)

November 29, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

Once upon a time, the coastal waters of the north Atlantic were teeming with fish. As the Europeans discovered these waters, on their way to the New World, its principal resource, cod, became a staple of their diet. In its preserved form, dried or salted, cod became an important part of the historic triangular trade between Europe, Africa, and the America. Easy to preserve, store, and transport, it was fuel for slave labor in the Caribbean; exchanged for sugar, it…

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Coming Soon! Explorations in Urban Renewal from the Physical to the Virtual

November 30, 2012 @ 9:00 am - December 1, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

This is a two day workshop, participants must take part in both days. Day 1: Friday, November 30, 2012; 9 am-5 pm (Participants will meet at the Gallery and then head out to the Bronx.) Day 2: Saturday, December 1, 2012; 10 am - 3 pm Coming Soon! is a mixed-reality urban walking tour enabled through smart phones and iPads that explores the visible and invisible traces of urban renewal in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. Using the…

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December 2012

The True Cost of Coal

December 5, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

Over three years in the making, The True Cost of Coal is a collaboratively-made, highly-detailed, allegorical illustration brought to life by the Bees themselves: volunteer activists, storytellers, and educators who use hand-drawn cartoons and stories from grassroots communities to explore the connections between our local, everyday stories and the bigger picture of our historical moment. The True Cost of Coal depicts the complex history of Mountaintop Removal coal mining, the most extreme form of surface mining for coal.  Emphasizing the…

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Graphics for the Commons

December 6, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

The Beehive Design Collective will lead a hands-on workshop demonstrating collaborative methods of making "Graphics for the Commons" - powerful story-telling images that boost our collaborative idea-generation, the value of graphics to our work, and hands-on collaborative design. Everyone is welcome - YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRAW TO MAKE GREAT GRAPHICS! The Beehive Design Collective hums with activity, tackling issues as diverse as biotechnology, corporate globalization, food and agriculture, and colonialism. Our mission is to “cross-pollinate the grassroots” by creating…

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jill sigman/thinkdance – Tea in Hut #8

December 11, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

The artist will meet people in Hut #8 in small groups for tea and talk about waste, disposability, sustainability, and ritual. Hut #8 will be built by Jill Sigman from discarded plastic bottles sourced on the New School campus. It is part of The Hut Project, a series of site-specific structures made from found and re-purposed materials. As ambiguous structures in which the concepts of dwelling, sculpture, and “emergency preparedness kit” meet, the huts raise questions about waste, sustainability, shelter,…

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jill sigman/thinkdance – Movement Ritual for Hut #8: Live performance by Jill Sigman

December 13, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center,
2 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

This evening will feature a live performance by Jill Sigman. Hut #8 will be built by Jill Sigman from discarded plastic bottles sourced on the New School campus. It is part of The Hut Project, a series of site-specific structures made from found and re-purposed materials. As ambiguous structures in which the concepts of dwelling, sculpture, and “emergency preparedness kit” meet, the huts raise questions about waste, sustainability, shelter, real estate, and home. Hut #8 will underscore the ubiquitousness of…

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