Ships Ahoy

So, maybe the 2004 ISEA conference cruise didn't signal the beginning of a trend in floating art events, but that doesn't mean a boat isn't an interesting place to experience contemporary art. Navigate, an upcoming four-day presentation of "live art" in England gives participating artists and audiences an aesthetic triathlon that, yes, includes a boat. The three venues Navigate will occupy are BALTIC, the Gateshead-located center for contemporary art; the MS Stubnitz, a German ship docked on the Newcastle side of the River Tyne; and specially commissioned coach tours. The included artists' works span many interests and styles, ranging from Karen Finley's (US) performance of U.S. First Lady Laura Bush's personal dreams to audio-enhanced bus tours of nocturnal Newcastle by the international collective e-Xplo. The festival, which runs from June 30th to July 3rd, was organized by Newcastle-based independent curator Michelle Hirschhorn and area arts organizations BALTIC, Amino and Forma. - Ryan Griffis