We had a momentous day at "Looking Back | Looking Forward: Culture in a Changing America" this Saturday sharing the work in progress of #MannahattaVR at Park Avenue Armory's Company M. It was uplifting to see old and new friends (it was a mini-Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics reunion and continuation of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU vibe!), soak up inspiring and wise words from thoughtful panelists, and test out some ideas about digital smoke in our salon. #PAAInterrogations
As December creeped up on us, I realize that I am halfway through my residency at A/P/A Institute at NYU! I have two more public events before I hibernate in the studio in preparation for travel-research next Spring in the Pacific and Indonesia.
Please come to The Wayfinding Project: Closing Showcase on December 8th, 6:30pm-8:30pm where I will share the work I have built with A/P/A this past year and reflect on how to move forward. Make sure to stop by Lenapeway at 715 Broadway beforehand as the project closes on December 9. Then on December 12th, 2-5pm I will give the last VR demo of Mannahatta VR for 2016.
Please check out Enacting The Text: Performing with Words before it closes on December 10. Here is a wonderful review published on Hyperallergic on the exhibit as well as my lecture performance alongside of Martha Wilson's Donald Thump character.
2016 has been a milestone year with my first solo national museum exhibit, two solo NYC shows, five group shows, two residencies, and over 21 public talks/workshops/presentations. I also met a lot of inspiring people that opened their hearts and critically asked how to practice intersectional solidarity. I look forward to new horizons in 2017! Thank you for being part of this amazing journey and continued support. Please hold your loved ones close these holidays!
Mannahatta VR: Envisioning Lenapeway
A/P/A Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003
Nov. 14 2016, 2-5pm (click here to RSVP for this date)
Dec. 12, 2016, 2-5pm (click here to RSVP for this date)
Mannahatta VR is a virtual reality experience that reimagines the past and futures of New York. The experience starts on one block of Broadway that continues to be part of a vast matrix of Lenape pathways connecting Manaháhtaan (original Lenape name of Manhattan) to the greater northeast region. This project is created in partnership between artist Beatrice Glow, The Wayfinding Project at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, Alexandre Girardeau of Highway 101, ETC (Experiential Technology Community) and Indigenous cultural and knowledge bearers.
Through virtual reality installations, a historic symposium, an artist residency, and more, NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Institute is challenging New Yorkers to engage in "Indigenous vision training."
Long before Henry Hudson’s arrival in 1609, Manhattan or Manaháhtaan, as originally named by the indigenous Lenape people, was a place of gathering and exchange amongst diverse nations. Today, Broadway runs along a portion of the original matrix of trails that connected Manaháhtaan to the broader northeast region and the Great Lakes.