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. Through this 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.

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.

As the Oyster City Project, we also produced the sister project Fish Stories Community Cookbook, which was funded and supported by Paths to Pier 42. Fish Stories Community Cookbook is a collection of stories, recipes, drawings and ecological information contributed by residents of the Lower East Side. To learn more about Fish Stories click here

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.

For more information, please visit oystercity.org
































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