Oyster City




The Oyster City Project is a constellation of projects and events that draw attention to the relationship between urban life and marine ecology. It is a collaboration between Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens.

The Oyster City App (2011-ongoing) is a mobile app as AR walking tour and game featuring 3D objects and text in real space visible with an iOS device; the app highlights the history and future of oysters in NYC and is created with Palimpsest, an AR software developed by Phoenix Toews. This page presents documentation of the place-based Oyster City App in use on Governors Island, an island just south of Manhattan in the upper harbor.

Other Oyster City initiatives include Fish Stories Community Cookbook, a project funded and supported by Paths to Pier 42, is a collection of stories, recipes, drawings and ecological information contributed by residents of the Lower East Side. Embodied Mapping and Urban Backstage (2015) are movement-based explorations of east river park commissioned and supported by iLand (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

As Oyster City we have presented at Visible Evidence Toronto, 2015; ISEA, 2014 and 2012; i-Docs at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol (UK), 2011; Mobility Shifts: The International Future of Learning Summit at the New School, NYC, 2011.

Oyster City was in residence in 2015 with LMCC and Paths to Pier 42 at Process Space at 100 Wall Street, and in 2013 we were part of LMCC’s Swing Space Residency in Building 110 on Governor’s Island.

Through the Oyster City Project we hope to trace vectors between social, economic and ecological systems and to engage people, playfully, with the ever evolving NY Harbor and surrounding estuaries. For more information, please visit oystercity.org
































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