Pratt GAUD: Pratt Parallels

Please join the GAUD on Thursday, October 22 from 3pm – 5pm on Governors Island for the second andfinal event in this fall’s Pratt Parallels series: RE:DO. This event will bring together curator and writer Beatrice Galilee (founder and executive director of The World Around), curator Amanda McDonald Crowley (Swale Barge and Governors Island), and artist Jemila MacEwan (collaboration with New York Virtual Volcano Observatory) for a discussion moderated by GAUD Chairperson, David Erdman and GAUD MS Programs Coordinator Ariane Harrison. Using the two scales of alteration to existing structures and grounds across the island and encapsulated in the RE:Coring and RE:Grounding exhibitions, this talk will focus on environmental justice as it relates to the RE:DO. 
Re:Do gathers around the theme of curating, exhibiting and designing design in the face of human extinction. Alteration and adaptation point to both a conceptual shift in cultural production, away from newness and tabula-rasa thinking, and to an architectural strategy engaging materiality for its aesthetic, economic and social affect. In this context, Re:Do suggests that the act of revisiting, revising and returning to a given condition, can ground new cultural production; it also underscores the “doing,” the active remaking of the built environment with a concern for global co-existence.

These issues are proposed for discussion and highlight the role of curation and exhibition. Re:Coring proposes adaptation of historic houses with the inclusion of a new type of service core, one that allies ecological services (water capture, water filtration, air purification) with what would traditionally be conceived as building service core; these cores introduce multiple species into the domestic interior arguing for greater coexistence among species as a critique of the envelope as a enclose for humans only. RE: Grounding similarly dismantles human enclosure at the scale of Governors Island, exploring how machine vision sees the development areas of the island as patches of multi-species habitat. This work from the GAUD is brought into dialogue with work by Swale, which moves design onto the water, with a barge of biodiverse and edible surfaces among other exhibitions, and Jemila MacEwan’s work entitled ‘Dead Gods”: a series of living monumental sculptures that honor the Prototaxite – a gigantic prehistoric mushroom – as our mutual ancestor and the generator of life on earth.

These works stage a variety of responses to climate-crisis, actions that are fundamentally optimistic in light of apocalyptic conditions of flood, pandemic and wildfire occurring recently and simultaneously in North America. The context for “Re:do-ing” is therefore framed by discourse: Galilee’s The World Around engages design to adapt to the paradoxical scales of climate change. She orchestrates dialogues that challenge the bias of culture and data in design. Amanda McDonald Crowley focuses on research based practices that integrate art and technology with environmental themes such art and food including Agrikultura, in Malmö, Sweden, the exhibition food nostalgia, at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, NYC, Circuit of the Senses, in Omaha, Nebraska, and GastroLabs, a program series developed with New Media Scotland for the Edinburgh Science Festival.

The event will be livestreamed on the School of Architecture Events Youtube Channel.

Participant Bios:
Beatrice Galilee
 is a curator, critic and cultural consultant specializing in the field of contemporary architecture and design. Beatrice is internationally recognized for her worldwide experience in curating, designing and conceiving original and dynamic city-wide biennales, museum exhibitions, installations, conferences, events and publications, bringing together the world’s most important institutions with cutting edge practitioners. Her research and writing has been published in journals, newspapers and magazines.
She is the founder and executive director of The World Around, a New York-based conference and platform for cultural discourse whose critically acclaimed first event took place in January 2020. Between 2014-2019, Beatrice was the first curator of contemporary architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she organized exhibitions and installations on the Met Rooftop, and public programs of contemporary architecture, art, photography, film and design , launched the acclaimed public program for architecture, In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, as well as acquisitions and collections research. Beatrice was Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer an exhibition that examined the plurality and diversity of contemporary architectural practice; co-curator of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, Design is Design is Not Design; co-curator of 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, City Mobilization. She curated the 2019 Designs of the Year exhibition at London’s Design Museum, and the experimental performance design projects Hacked and Afrofuture at Milan Design Weeks 2011 and 2012. Between 2010-2012 she launched and co-directed The Gopher Hole, an experimental exhibition and project space in London
Amanda McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker, curator, and educator who works at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Amanda also supports public art platforms that bring together professionals and amateurs from varied disciplines to generate dialogue and create space for audience engagement. Amanda is currently working with Mary Mattingly on Swale; Ligorano Reese on School of Good Citizenship; has advisory roles on artist-led projects including Vibha Galhotra’s S.O.U.L Foundation, Delhi; Juanli Carrión’s OSS Project NY; Di Mainstone’s Human Harp, UK; and in 2019 curated Amy Khoshbin’s TinyScissors pop-up tattoo parlor for Detroit Art Week, and in 2021 has been commissioned to curate the exhibition for SLSA2021 at U Michigan. Amanda has held leadership positions with Eyebeam in NYC, Australian Network for Art and Technology, ISEA2004, Helsinki, Adelaide Festival 2002, and has done curatorial residencies at HIAP (Finland), Santa Fe Art Institute (USA), Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Sarai (India), and Banff Center for the Arts (Canada).
Jemila MacEwan is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. MacEwan is known for their intimately interwoven earthworks, sculptures and performances that build mythological narratives around meteorites, volcanoes, and glaciers. These stories engage with the emotional complexity of being human within the Holocene extinction. MacEwan is a recipient of The Marten Bequest Scholarship. Their work has been presented globally, including; ARoS Museum (Denmark), Australian Consulate-General, Pioneer Works, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Skaftfell Center (Iceland). Notable residencies include; the BANFF Center, NARS Foundation, and Ox-Bow School of Painting. They have received grant awards from Australia Council for the Arts, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, and Ian Potter Cultural Council.
Their work ‘Dead Gods’  honors the prehistoric mushrooms that play a significant role in the origin of life on earth as sacred ancestral deities. In a moment when we are collectively grappling with the likelihood that one million species will become extinct within decades, the work addresses ancient terrestrial fungi that gave rise to the vast diversity of plant and animal species that exist today. The impact of mycelium as the one of the greatest shapers of the living world can be seen enmeshed throughout all ecosystems on our planet. During past extinction epochs that occurred through dramatic atmospheric changes that darkened the skies, mycelium acted as a life-raft species as they are one of the few life forms that do not require sunlight to survive. Perhaps even more profound is the way early plants and their fungal partners changed our atmosphere over deep time by lowering carbon dioxide and increasing oxygen composition.

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The Current Thing

I’m honored to have a small contribution in the The Current Thing, the outcome of several weeks of editorial work during lockdown by Caspar Stracke and Keith Sanborn. The Current Thing is an interactive journal with contributions by a terrific group of artists and writers on dramatic shifts in daily practice during lockdown and beyond. It is also a re-activation of THE THING, NY: one of the most important early online art communities. The journal exists in both online and print version.

The Current Thing features works and words by:
Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere / Alexandro Segade / Almagul Menlibayaeva / Amanda McDonald Crowley /Andy Graydon / Anna Thew / Ashton Applewhite / Bradley Eros / Caspar Stracke / Cathy Lee Crane / Coco Sollfrank / Daniella Dooling / Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby / Darrin Martin / Deborah Stratman / Diana Vidrascu / eteam / Emily Mode / Graeme Arnfield / Nordholt & Steingrobe / Jaakko Pallasvuo / Jackie Goss / Les LeVeque / lundi matin / Jason Livingston / Jeanne Liotta / Jeffrey Skoller / Jim Supanick / Juliane Henrich / Joy Chan / Kathy Brew / Keith Sanborn / Kim Modig / Leo Goldsmith / Lynne Sachs / Mark Street / Masha Godovannaya / Mike Hoolboom / Monika Czyżyk / Nina Katchadourian / Olav Westphalen / Peggy Ahwesh / Perry Bard / Rebekah Rutkoff / RPI / Ricardo Dominguez / Sean Cubitt / belit sağ & Robert Luxemburg / Sebastián Romo / Steve Reinke / The Society of the Friends of the Virus / Thomas Zummer / Torsten Zenas Burns / Wolfgang Staehle / yann beauvais / and Zoe Beloff /

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Back Water: film screening

Join us for an online screening, and conversation with Filmmaker Jon Cohrs, Heather Davis, and guests hosted by Amanda McDonald Crowley and Sarah Cook.

Sign up to view the film and join the conversation: Sunday May 17: 1:30pm U.S. EST for the film and 3:00 for discussion.

Back Water is available since May 5th on Apple TV and Amazon. We will send you a link to watch the film, and the zoom room link for the online discussion upon registration.

In the middle of New Jersey exists a strange landscape of wetlands and wildlife migrations, garbage dumps and the ruins of industry, toxic waste sites and a river that tells the story of a civilization’s new frontier. That is what seven young people have chosen to paddle through for 10 days, in canoes… A singular expedition, as romantic as it is political.

Media Release and more information about the film here.

Great review with background story in Design Exchange Magazine.

Director: Jonathan Cohrs

Consulting Producer: Cynthia Lowen

Camera: Derek Hallquist, William O’Mara, Elisa Giardina Papa, Andrea Masu, Jonathan Cohrs

Expedition Crew: Sara Jensen, Nicola Twilley, Patrick Southern, Jonathan Cohrs, Erin Tolman, Derek Hallquist, Gillian Cassell-Stiga, Michael Auerbach, Ryan Van Luit

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NEoN: symposium spotlight

In November 2019, I spoke at Re@Ct: Social Change Art Technology Symposium – a three day expanded programme of international speakers addressing the social and political potential of digital art, taking place from Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 November. Re@Ct was one of the featured highlights of the 2019 NEoN digital arts festival in Dundee, Scotland.

I spoke with Ana Hind for a symposium spotlight.

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Tiny Scissors Tattoo Parlor in Detroit Metro Times

Brooklyn-based curator Amanda McDonald Crowley and Brooklyn-based artist Amy Khoshbin teamed up to bring an anti-gun violence exhibition to Detroit Art Week, taking place July 17-21.

Gun control has been an ongoing debate in the U.S., with the conversation escalating after the tragic Parkland, Sandy Hook, Pulse nightclub, and Las Vegas shootings, among others.

In a small room at the Trumbull & Porter Hotel, McDonald Crowley and Khoshbin created an exhibit with a tattoo parlor pop-up and merchandise created by Khoshbin in every corner. The room also displayed all of Khoshbin’s “What is the Opposite of a Weapon?” pieces.

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Tiny Scissors Tattoo Parlor in Galerie Magazine

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Please join us for an intimate sit down dinner
created and realized by Ursula Endlicher
curated by Amanda McDonald Crowley / Public Art Action
hosted by Asher Remy-Toledo / Hyphen-Hub

a magical evening of edible HTML
a post digital dinner

When: Wednesday November 14, 2018, 19:00 – 22:00
Location: At a duplex loft in Chelsea / exact address will be sent to you by ticket purchase

This will be an intimate, seated dinner with a very limited number of guests
Reserve your seat at the table

come prepared to participate in a conversation about the future of foodinformed by Ursula’s most recent project in her edible HTML series of projects

INPUT FIELD FORM DINNER – a five course meal serving edible HTML paired with wine tastings

19:15 ENTER the room and prepare with a contextual introduction by your host/s
19:30 BEGIN the INPUT FIELD FORM journey with an introduction by Ursula [course #1]
19:45 COMMENCE the conversation by taking a seat at the table
21:00 CONTINUE the conversation over wine
21:30 /END

Please join us!

Ursula Endlicher
Amanda McDonald Crowley / Public Art Action
Asher Remy-Toledo/ Hyphen-Hub
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Swing Forward While Swaying Back – save the date


Swing Forward While Swaying Back
exhibition opening
Longwood Art Gallery @Hostos
October 3, 2018 5:30 – 8:30pm
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York, 10451.


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Science and Art resources

I’m in the process of collating resources on the topic of art and science initiatives from previous research consultancies I’ve undertaken on this topic.

In the interim, here are a few texts, books, and readings that deal with art and science collaboration.


Beloff, Laura; Berger, Erich; Haapoja, Terike (eds) Field_Notes – From Landscape to Laboratory – Maisemasta Laboratorioon, Finish Bioart Society, 2013

Brown, Andrew, Art & Ecology Now, Thames and Hudson, 2014

Century, Micheal, Pathways to Innovation in Digital Culture, 1999, updated 2013

Da Costa, Beatriz and Philip, Kavita Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience MIT Press, 2008

Farmer, Caroline; Pierce, Julianne (eds) Scientific Serendipity, Australian Network for Art and Technology, 2002

Harris, Craig (ed.) Art and Innovation, The Xerox PARC Artist-in-Residence Program, MIT press, 1999

Hauser, Jens (ed.) sk-interfaces. Exploding borders – creating membranes in art, technology and society, Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2008

Kac, Eduardo, Signs of Life: Bioart and Beyond, MIT Press, 2007

Jennings, Pamela. New Media Arts, New Funding Models, Report prepared for Creativity & Culture. New York: The Rockefeller Foundation, 2001

Mitchell, Robert E., Bioart and the Vitality of Media, University of Washington Press, 2010

Myers, William, Bio-Art, Altered Realities, Thamtes and Hudon, 2015

Scott, Jill, Artists-in-Labs: Processes of Inquiry, 2006

Scott, Jill ARTISTS-IN-LABS: Networking in the Margins, 2010

Snow, C.P. The Two Cultures, Cambridge University Press, 1993 (updated 2012)

Wilson, Stephen Information Arts: intersections of art, science and technology, MIT Press, 2002

Wilson, Stephen, Art & Science Now, Thames and Hudson, 2012

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Beautiful Obsolescence Closing Reception


Please join us for the closing reception of Beautiful Obsolescence.

Friday March 30, 5 – 7 pm, with informal artist talk at 6pm!

Cluster Gallery: 200 6th Street 3E, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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