Working with Rachel Stevens on our Fish Stories at our LMCC studios space at 100 Wall Street, September, 2015

April 18 iLand Symposium

Here are some images that Jennifer Wen Ma took during our April 18th workshop as part of the iLand 2015 Symposium at Two Bridges Community Room in the LES. Our workshop set out to engage the five senses in contemplating and recording boundary conditions in the Lower East Side. We walked a path of edges and collaborated in small groups through a participatory mapping exercise that sought to question our perception of edges through the lenses of media, memory, navigation and temporality. What are the qualities that signify a boundary? How do you know you are at an edge? How do we record a shift or change?
The Embodied Mapping iLAB Residency group includes Kate Cahill (Architect), Kathy Creutzburg (Sculptor/Public Artist), Meredith Drum (Intermedia artist), Meredith Ramirez Talusan (Writer/artist/dancer), Jennifer Wen Ma (Interdisciplinary artist) and Liza Zapol (Artist / Oral Historian).




iLand Symposium April 17 +18

My iLand collaborative group Embodied Mapping will be part of the iLand Symposium on April 17 + 18. Events at South Street Seaport Museum and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council.  Embodied Mapping includes Kate Cahill, Meredith Ramirez Talusan, Jennifer Wen Ma, Kathy Creutzburg, Liza Zapol, Joe Goldman and me. For more info:

Fish Stories Community Cookbook commissioned by Paths to Pier 42 NYC 2015

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Fish Stories Community Cookbook is a seafood cookbook, in progress, created by artists Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens in collaboration with residents of the Lower East Side: neighbors, non-profit organizers, commercial business people and others. The project is supported by a grant and studio space  on Wall Street from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and will be a part of LMCC’s Paths to Pier 42 summer programming 2015. Visual information and documentation forthcoming.

Inspired by spiral bound cookbooks produced by local Grange chapters, the Provincetown Cookbook, and the Slingshot Organizer (collectively designed Anarchist calendar), Fish Stories will include not only recipes for cooking seafood solicited from residents, but also stories, historical recipes, drawings, maps and health and ecology information. The name Fish Stories is designed to encourage imaginative and playful contributions. It is also an homage to Allan Sekula, an artist and theorist whose work interrogates the the politics of labor and the flow of global capital in the maritime industry. We envision the cookbook as a catalyst for community engagement and an opportunity to capture the lives and cultures of people who live in the LES. The Fish Stories Community Cookbook seeks to tie everyday lives to the ecology of the rivers, harbor and estuaries of New York City.

Oyster City test shots out on Governor’s Island, July 2013



Rachel Stevens and I are testing different augmented reality elements for our Oyster City AR app here on Governor’s Island (NYC) during our Lower Manhattan Cultural Council swing space residency. These are screen shots of our tests. Oyster City is an environmentally focused walking tour and game as augmented reality iOS app. It will be released this summer as a free download on the Mac app store. We hope to move to other platforms soon, droid and windows. We want to expand our audience beyond those with Mac products. Our programming resources are limited, though, and programming for multi-platform takes a good bit of time so this is still on the wish list. If any programmer would like to donate time to the project, we would be thrilled.

AIR History Video

In 2008 I created a short (16-minute) documentary about AIR Gallery, the first artist-run, all-women gallery in the U.S. Founded in 1972, the gallery is still going strong and is home to many interesting artists and runs several important public programs. Esteemed artists Nancy Spero, Dotty Attie, Mary Beth Edelson, Agnes Denes, Ana Mendieta and others began their careers at AIR> The AIR documentary was produced as part of the AIR History show, on exhibit at Fales Library and the Tracey / Barry Gallery at New York University from May through October 2008. The video was produced by Kat Griefen and AIR Gallery. Major funding was provided by Fales Library. Camera, editing and directing by Meredith Drum.

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