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Soundview Market Place launch

18055922_1858490264399789_5868736479449523804_oJoin Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice for the launch of the Soundview Market Place
Phase One – Property Activation Project: Sponsored by NYC Small Business Services
Art Unveiling / Tour / Press Conference

At: The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx, New York 10474
10am – 12pm, Thursday 27 April, 2017

Followed by a tour to the location:
Soundview Market Place
Bruckner Expressway Underpass
at the intersection of Bruckner Boulevard and Bronx River Avenue

RSVP: dshuffler@ympj.org

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice invites you to join them and their partners for the launch of the first phase of the Soundview Market Place Property Activation project underneath the Bruckner Expressway and Bronx River Avenue. The Soundview Market Place will be a community space that will have a community kitchen, space for local vendors to rent, public seating, and great programming for the community. In this phase of the project, YMPJ invited artists and architects to take community input and turn their ideas into a re-imagined space for the future marketplace underneath the Bruckner Expressway at Bronx River Avenue.

Participating Artists: Laura Alvarez, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Lady K Fever, Edward L. Mouzon Jr and Darryl L. Mouzon, Tats Cru (BIO, NICER, BG 183), Andre Trenier, Ology Collective (Ski, Col, and 2esae), and Roxanne Rodriguez.

Participating Architects: Chris Anderson, SLO Architecture (Amanda Schachter Alexander Levi)

Art Jones and Trevon Blondet will be documenting the event!

Image design: Chris Anderson
Curatorial advisor: Amanda McDonald Crowley, Public Art Action

The project is supported by: NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC-EDC

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SAVE THE DATE: Agrikultura opens on July 1, 2017 in Hyllie, Malmö, Sweden.


Kulturföreningen Triennal is delighted to announce that Agrikultura, an exhibition of public artworks, installations, meals, performances, urban interventions, mobile kitchens, and events to take place outdoors in Hyllie, Malmö, opening on July 1, 2017 and running until August 27, 2017.

The Agrikultura curators are Marek Walczak and Amanda McDonald Crowley. The project will be realized and installed on 8 hectares of the future “English Park” in Hyllie.

Some of the questions we wish to address with the project include: What is our present relationship to the land? How can we augment and redefine our cultural and emotional connection to a nature that we have over-extended? How can we re-engage with a nature we have pushed ever further from our lives?

Walczak and McDonald Crowley developed an open call for proposals. “We were honored to receive 120 submissions from artists from Sweden, Nordic Countries, and all across the globe. From that, we have shortlisted some 32 projects for possible inclusion in the event.”

While we are still finalizing the list of projects we are pleased to announce several:

OSS Holma Healing Garden: Juanli Carrión (ES/US) will work with citizens of the adjoining Holma neighbourhood to build a healing garden of medicinal plants.

Strange Harvest: Rainer Prohaska (AT) will establish a temporary cooking-lab where research will inform food experiments and cooking performance will take place.

Edible Carpet: Åsa Maria Bengtsson (SE) will build a rolling mat – a magic carpet – of salad greens and edible flowers planted in oriental patterns, that can be harvested for meals.

Cluster: Mary Mattingly (US) will build a forest edge landscape of edible plants.

Tree of 40 Fruit: Sam van Aken (US) will grow a single tree that grows 40 different varieties of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and cherries; and one that grows 40 different varieties of apples.

Den Javla Marmeladfabriken: Helle Robertson (SE) will invite audiences to forage in the city for fruits, by knocking on the doors of neighbours and strangers, to collectively make jam, and build community.

A key goal for Agrikultura is to imagine sustainable solutions to food in cities. We will explore permacultural solutions – systems of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or utilizing patterns and features observed in Swedish ecosystems. Artists will work with city gardeners, youth groups, and citizens to reimagine urban landscapes taking into account ecological design and engineering, integrated water resource management, and sustainable landscape design to develop regenerative and self-maintaining habitats.

The opening will be held outdoors with food grown in the area, and the meal itself will be designed and realized by artists, where local food producers, chefs, and artists work collaboratively to develop a performative festive feast.

We aim to create a unique experience, that will not only be beautiful but that will engage our audiences in meaningful ways to think about what practical roles we might play in imagining the future of our food systems, in expansive, sustainable, and delightful ways.

We hope you can join us!

Marek Walczak, Amanda McDonald Crowley, and the Kulturföreningen Triennal team.

Agrikultura will be realized with generous support from Malmö Kulturstödet, Kulturförvaltningen; Kulturnämnden Region Skåne; and Malmö stad.


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The Skypod Project


The Fifth House and PointB are pleased to announce the exhibition The Skypod Project, an exhibition of sculpture, photographic, and audio-visual works by artist Mark Parrish.

Open Reception:
Friday, September 16th, 7 – 11 PM

Fifth House 198 N. 4th St, Brooklyn, NY
near the Bedford L Train Station

The Centerpiece of the exhibition, the Skypod itself is a collapsible light-weight tent structure capable of hanging from trees, cliff faces, telephone poles or building facades allowing for suspension over diverse terrains.

This portable experience structure creates a mobile habitat for site-specific projects to evolve. At The Fifth House we will exhibit a working prototype of the Skypod that explores the context for the piece and situates the research Mark is concurrently doing at Dreamland – a creative community, the Fifth House’s sibling organization, in the deep woods of upstate New York. Night skies, frog songs, Vista Tunnels (constructed poetics views into the wetlands and woodlands at Dreamland) will frame the work.

Inspired by recent trips to various locations around the world where he has been researching urban and natural settings for artistic and creative retreats, Parrish has returned to a project that has long been in gestation: designing portable habitats where individuals or like-minded groups can immerse themselves in a range of contexts from natural settings, to interstitial zones, and temporary spaces – to create, contemplate, and build cohesive communities.

“Parrish builds social sculptures, in a very literal sense”, says curator for the exhibition, Amanda McDonald Crowley. “Moreover he equally activates personal experience and group dynamics. It is exciting to see him alternate this thinking between urban contexts and out into nature – where so many of his personal creative interventions have operated in intimate settings – while continuing to develop conceptual frameworks that are equal part about social interaction, and solitary contemplation.”

The Skypod Project, Parrish’s first solo gallery exhibition in 20 years, combines his experiences building social sculptures as live-work spaces, with his ongoing project to make in-situ works in natural contexts, and his passion for creating ‘portable experience structures’ – artworks that operate as an enabling apparatus for his audiences, and often also collaborators and co-conspirators, to engage with their surroundings.

Artist: Mark Parrish
Creative Collaborator: Sebastian Bach
Curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley
Project Manager: Lauren Comito

All-Night Party at Marcy North (upstairs) to follow the opening!

Exhibition dates: September 16 through October 30. Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment.

About Mark Parrish
Mark Parrish is an American visionary, designer, and artist from Texas who has lived in New York since the 80’s. Primarily self-taught, Parrish started his own studio in Austin in the mid 70’s. His practice often involves analysis of movement and portability, cultural norms and systems of living. His work takes form in sculptural systems and synergetic architectural space, designed both as tools and as experiential spaces. For the last 20 years, Parrish founded and established an international artist community called PointB, which created short-term co-habitational spaces for mid-career creative professionals. Parrish also spearheads, the non-profit organization, PointB International, which continues to establish new locations worldwide.

About PointB
The PointB vision is a world enriched by the collaboration between global and local creative professionals questioning and transcending their familiar viewpoints while immersed in the social, scientific, and culturally enlightening challenges and inspiration of the moment.

Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment.

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Interview about Swale in am New York

Swale, Mary Mattingly‘s most recent massive undertaking – a public artwork, and floating food forest, is due to open at Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx on Saturday July 23, 2016, where it will dock for a month before moving on to other locations around New York Waterways. I’m working with Mary and her team to curate public programs at our docking locations, and caught up with Meredith Deliso of am New York to talk about the project on Mary’s behalf.

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Swale Kickstarter

I’ll be working with Mary Mattingly and her AMAZING team on her SWALE project this coming summer.

I’m excited to let you know that we JUST launched a Kickstarter campaign for Swale.

Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City. In the summer of 2016, people will be able to visit a barge growing edible, perennial plants, and even harvest food.

If we meet our fundraising goal, we will be ready to launch in June.

Here is a link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152620801/swale

We’d be so thrilled if you might be able to get involved in the project, even in a small way. And we’d also be grateful if you could share this link with your friends and colleagues.


With Swale, we want to ask, what if healthy, fresh food could be a free public service, and not just an expensive commodity? It’s important that this project happens on NYC’s water for several reasons:

      • It can move! We can visit different boroughs and the areas surrounding the city.
      • Alongside rain water, we can utilize the river water, purify it, and grow food with it.
      • You might know that all waterways are actually a form of commons: In New York’s case, they are overseen by many agencies, but not owned by anyone in particular, which is one of the reasons we have launched Swale on the water. It isn’t yet legal to grow public food in public spaces in New York City, but on a floating island… well, we’re pushing the boundaries of public space!

Swale is working on several different fronts at the same time.

1. We are co-creating a floating food forest.

2. We are working with community groups in each place we are able to dock, to establish permanent food forests on NYC’s publicly owned land.

3. We are working towards galvanizing enough support to advocate for policy change; for a city where public food is incorporated into the urban plan.

Reinforcing water as a commons also gives us more of a chance to look after them. We believe that the more we look after our common spaces, the more that they look after us.

Follow along as we develop our docking schedule: http://www.swaleny.org

Mary’s built an amazing team, and A Blade of Grass have provided her with a fellowship to begin the process : but its going to take YOU to help us make it REAL…

Please join us on the journey!

Amanda, Mary, and the SWALE team!




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Cey Adams | LOVE mural

Cey Adams: LOVE mural


LOVE Mural, Cey Adams, 2014 located at 24th and Lake Streets, North Omaha, NE

LOVE Mural, Cey Adams, 2014
located at 24th and Lake Streets, North Omaha, NE

At my invitation, NYC native, Cey Adams, undertook a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. A key output of his time as a Bemis Center artist-in-residence was a mural commission in the North Omaha cultural precinct at 24th and Lake Streets. Adams worked with local artists Dereck Higgins, Ben Jones, Aaryon Williams, and Olivia Groth, and with the support of students from Omaha-area high schools to realize the work. Local artist Michelle Troxclair provided logistical support and photographers John Shartrand & Mike Machian documented the process.

As described by Adams, the 24th Street Love Mural captures the hopes of the community for the future while also referencing its past, in the form of famed North Omaha jazz musician Preston Love.

Adams talks with local news station KTMV about the project.

A special thanks to the Omaha Public Art Commission and to Love’s Jazz & Art Center for their support of the project.


In addition to dtbrands_banner_900eveloping and realizing the LOVE mural, Adams developed a new body of work as part of his studio residency at Bemis Center. Titled Trusted Brands. This work was subsequently exhibited at Rush Philanthropic Arts in New York.



Adams also realized a workshop series The Art and Design of Hip Hop at Carver Bank, targeted at North Omaha youth, and spoke at schools and youth centers across Omaha on his work and career. Cey also found time to mentor students at the concurrent Urban Design Lab project at Bemis Center (led by resident artists Chloe Bass and Teal Gardner). Journalist Casey Logan captures his encounter with local student, Solomon Washington, in A Laboratory Experience at Bemis Center in Omaha Go.

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Adams returned to Omaha to present an additional body of work, Brand New, at The New BLK Gallery expanding upon the work he did during the residency, and building on the deep connections he made in the city.

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Public Art Action Coalition: Tarndanyungga Action

Public Art Action Coalition
Press Announcement
10 March 2002

On Saturday night, 9 March 2002, the Public Art Action Coalition removed 10 of the Victoria Square street signs in the heart of Adelaide and replaced them with signs reading Tarndanyungga.

The Public Art Action Coalition, a group of Adelaide and South Australian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds supported by national and international artists, is dedicated to new visions and possibilities for representation within the public sphere. This art action was inspired by the use of the name Tarndanyungga to describe this place during the Adelaide Festival 2002.

50% of the signs reading Victoria Square were replaced. Appropriate consultation was undertaken in regard to the use of the name Tarndanyungga. None of the signs replaced has been damaged in any way and they are being returned to the Adelaide City Council.




During the Adelaide Festival 2002, the centre of the Adelaide, known as Victoria Square, was called Tarndanyungga, by the organisers of the Festival for the duration of the event. This was in acknowledgment of the traditional Kaurna owners of this place, now known as the Adelaide plains.

Tarndanyungga was used as one of the key venues for the Adelaide Festival 2002.

The program began with the opening night event, Kaurna Palti Meyunna.

During the final concert in Tarndanyungga on March 9, 2002, Public Art Action Coalition undertook the action to replace 50% of the Victoria Square signs with signs reading Tarndanyungga.

Unfortunately, the Tarndanyungga signs were removed only days after they appeared and have never been reinstalled. The signs reading Victoria Square, which were anonymously returned to the Adelaide City Council, were reinstalled several weeks later The signposts remained blank for those weeks. (Presumably the Tarndanyungga signs are in a storeroom somewhere in the Adelaide City Council.)

On 27 May 2002, the Adelaide City Council passed a formal resolution to recognise both Tarndanungga and Victoria Square as names for the heart of the city of Adelaide. (see press release from 27 May 2002 “Council shows leadership in Aboriginal Reconciliation”)

At that stage no signage acknowledges this resolution.

It should be noted, however, that part of the history to these decisions was that the Adelaide City Council had established a Reconciliation Committee on 29 October 2001 (Agenda here) and have implemented a Reconciliation vision.

In 2001, the Adelaide City Council had announced Kaurna names for a number of unnamed parks surrounding the city. Unfortunately at that time, no places in the centre of the city were acknowledged as also having Kaurna names only parks on the periphery of the city.

(see press release from 14 November 2001 “Council shows leadership in Aboriginal Reconciliation”)

Photograph of Street Signage in the same location, 2011

Photograph of Street Signage in the same location, 2011

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