Green Light

This year, Eyebeam's Sustainability Research Group has been at work on an initiative called Beyond Light Bulbs, designed to inform individuals about contemporary "sustainable and green concepts" for helping the environment. Among the group's programs has been a series of exhibitions and the newest one, "Feedback", opened last week to an enormous crowd of earth-loving art geeks. Open through April 19, the show features nineteen installations by artists, designers, and research groups offering their answer to the question, "What does it mean to think 'green'?" Among the projects included are winners of Eyebeam's EcoVis Challenge in which participants responded to a call for new ways to brand and visualize environmental issues. Also included are Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley's DrinkPeeDrinkDrinkPee (2008) project, which gives viewers tools for thinking of their body as an ecosystem; Andrea Polli's Queensbridge Wind Power Project (2004), which explores "how clean, renewable wind power might be integrated into the landmark architecture of the Queensboro Bridge;" and Eve Mosher's HighWaterLine (2007-Ongoing), in which she drew a blue chalk line at 10 feet above sea level around areas of the city, in order to indicate the heights to which flood waters are expected to rise as a result of global warming. Many of the nineteen projects in "Feedback" use humor and irony to provide a point of entry into a subject about which viewers are often apathetic or misinformed. All cleverness aside, the show is meant to provoke action. If you're in the New York area, consider rolling-up your sleeves at one of the associated Saturday workshops. - Marisa Olson

Image: Eve Mosher, HighWaterLine, 2007-Ongoing