HABITATS: a 4 day Cultural Festival :: Artists, scientists, and cultural commentators are joining together to create a collective vision of a sustainable habitat. The Habitats conference and festival is a 4 day event organized to promote an exchange between art, technology, and environment. With public and private cooperative efforts leading to cleaner water, the Gowanus Canal area has experienced an increase in wildlife and improved prospects for commercial and cultural revitalization. Habitats celebrates this process. Instigated by Eidolon Culture, The Habitats conferences will include speakers such as best-selling author Steven Johnson ('Emergence' and 'Mind Wide Open'); long-standing community organizers such as the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation (GCCDC) ; electronic artists such as Pauline Oliveros (Deep Listening Foundation) ; site specific sound and video recordings, live music performances, site specific installations, collaborative projects, recycled art, workshops and active audience participation.
The placement of the artworks in their site-specific rendition, the sharing of thought provoking ideas of contemporary cultural relevance, and the active role of audience interaction all create a 'Habitat' -- a place defined by the indispensable nature of everyone and everything within it. Habitats is being Presented by Eidolon Culture and Sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Polytechnic University: Integrated Digital Media Institute (IDMI), CEC Arts Link, New York State Council on the Arts, and Material for the Arts.
Date: November 9th-12th , 2006
Time: Programs begin daily at 12:00pm until 11pm
Location: The Brooklyn Lyceum 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
N Train to Union Street, Corner of President Street
Admission: $5 for environmental + cultural conferences, $15 for live performance program
ArT. ENVirONMENT. CULTUrE. COMMUNiTY. gOWANUS
CONfirMED CULTUrAL SPEAKErS
Steven Johnson author of 'Emergence, the connected lives of ants, brains and cities'
Douglas Rushkoff author of 'Media Virus'
Peter Principle of Tuxedomoon
Daniel Pinchbeck author of 'Breaking Open the Head'
Coordinated by: Gowanus Canal Community Development Corp
COMMUNiTY ArTS AND WOrKSHOPS
Carol Caputo, IRUBNY
Walking Tours of Gowanus with NY Acoustic Ecology
Workshop with the Prospect Park Zoo
iNSTALLATiON/ PErfOrMANCE ArTiSTS
Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening Foundation
Amoeba Technology, NYC
Kim Holleman, NYC
David Linton of Unity Gain
Bill Etra, NYC
Michael Schumacher of Diapason Gallery
Keiko Uneshi, NYC
Disney NasaBorg, NYC
Harlan Emil, NYC
2012, sponsored by CEC Arts Link
Antartic Project, Russia
Efi Amantidou, Greece
Luis Maurette, Argentina
Eva Sjuve, Sweden
Ken Hiratsuka, Japan
Also Zarah Cabanias, Hans-Christoph Steiner,
Kathi von Koerber, Marianna Ellenberg, Lary Seven,
Zemi17, Peripheral Media, Claire Barrett, Ne(x)twork
GCCDC is a neighborhood preservation non-profit organization dedicated to the
revitalization of the Gowanus Canal area in South Brooklyn, New York, for twentyfour years. A community-based group with an extensive record of initiatives and involvement in the physical improvement of the Gowanus Canal, Red Hook and Carroll Gardens communities. GCCDC's efforts are focused on the environmental remediation of the Gowanus Canal, housing, economic development, and commercial revitalization.
Eidolon Culture is a Brooklyn based non-profit arts organization, directing and producing onsite and online platforms for interdisciplinary projects, bridging the gaps of specialization between disciplines and geographical distances. Eidolon Culture focuses on the potential for creative activity at the intersections of art, technology, and culture. Eidolon Cultures identity is based on interactive sustainable business practices, promoting collaboration and partnerships between government, industry, foundations, non-governmental organisations and the general public.
FOR aDDitiONaL iNFORMatiON pLease visit www.global-habitat.net. Day aND eveNiNg pROgRaM scHeDuLe aND DetaiLs wiLL sOON be avaiLabLe.