Séance for Dead Horse Bay



Séance for Dead Horse Bay. Muybridge’s horses. Made for an Underwater New York event as part of Marie Lorenz’s Flow Pool at Recess Art in April, 2016.

In the spring of 2016, I was one of a few artists invited by Underwater New York to contribute to Lorenz’s Flow Pool. Lorenz modeled her smaller pool after a large hydrodynamics test tank, an instrument used to test marine vessels. Before I started crafting my contribution, I considered what would compliment the continuous circulation of water, and decided to create an animation and a raft to carry it. The animation honors life underwater in NYC, including ghost life, as this is an area of interest to me, and is the main focus of Underwater NY. With it, I am referencing the history of Dead Horse Bay in Brooklyn. Through the 19th century and into the early 20th, the bay was a dumping ground for bodies from neighboring horse rendering plants that manufactured glue and fertilizer. I am also paying tribute to Muybridge’s Horse in Motion from 1886.