Open Engagement – Conference Presentation

April 19, 2013

So excited that Emily Rea and I will be giving a presentation about DIG. at this year’s Open Engagement conference at Portland State University in May 2013. Open Engagement is an international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making.

DIG, premiered in May 2012, was created by Will Orzo, Emily Rea, and Lígia Teixeira and myself, through an intensive interview process with NYC Sandhogs, MTA engineers, Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment workers, and FDNY explosive experts. The public event, performed onsite at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, was a twofold performance installation in which audience members uncovered the invisible infrastructure of New York City by means of interactive video, sound, and movement. The evening began with a dance around the Acconci Studio-designed fountain in the Visitor Center at the plant, featuring PIMA students and members of Local 147 NYC Sandhogs. The experience transitioned into an interactive visual and aural installation exploring the City’s underground. Read more about the project here.

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