RHUNHATTAN is a journey back in time to explore a pivotal moment in world history: the trade of Manhattan island. Walking in the footsteps of explorers, viewers uncover stories hidden just below the surface and learn how a tiny seed ignited global trade and transformed our world forever.
RHUNHATTAN is a tale of two islands told through various immersive media. The concept began in 2015 as a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Beatrice Glow and creative technologist Alexandre Girardeau.
This body of work has been presented as sculptural installations, digital prints on silk and olfactory art at venues such as Honolulu Biennial 2017, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University; Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, New York; Duke House NYU Institute of Fine Arts, New York; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile, Santiago de Chile.
The Creative Team
Highway 101, ETC (Experiential Technology Community) is a tribe of new media specialists encouraging the praxis and research of experiential technologies. Founded by Alexandre Girardeau in 2014, the community has grown to 390+ passionate members and held gatherings such as a VR Café that has popped-up across Montreal, Paris and New York. As content producers we develop VR/AR applications that encapsulate dioramas, first person experiences, interactive virtual environments and 360 degree videos. Notable projects include The Wayfinding Project, an augmented and virtual reality exhibition at NYU; Mannahatta VR, a virtual reality experience that envisions indigenous futures and has been shown at venues such as Viacom; Conphyture, a VR guided meditation that uses EEG sensors; and 360 degree videos for music labels.
BEATRICE GLOW is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice comprises of site-responsive sculptural installations, participatory performances, olfactory art and experiential technology collaborations. She amplifies stories lying in the shadows of colonialism, migration and inequality while highlighting human interconnectivity. She is currently ZERO1’s American Art Incubator artist in partnership with US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. She has been named 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Nominee, Honolulu Biennial 2017 artist, Wave Hill Van Lier Visual Art Fellow, Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Finalist, Hemispheric Institute Council Member, Franklin Furnace Fund grantee and Fulbright Scholar to Peru. Recent solo exhibitions include Aromérica Parfumeur with Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile; Lenapeway and The Wayfinding Project at NYU; “Rhunhattan” at Wave Hill; and “Floating Library” on the Hudson River. She is featured in Duke University Press’ Cultural Politics Journal issue 13.2, has written for post at MoMA, and published a trilingual artist book, Taparaco Myth, about retracing 19th century Asian coolie geography in Peru. She has presented public talks at Venice Biennale 2015, New York University, and Columbia University, amongst others.
ALEXANDRE GIRARDEAU is resolutely turned towards human sciences, technology and the media arts, and is interested in the transdisciplinary intersections between cognitive sciences, gamification and philosophy. Convinced about the revolutionary potential of virtual and augmented reality, he focuses on the evangelization of this new medium. This is achieved through various means, including developing VR/AR applications that encapsulate dioramas, first person experiences, interactive virtual environments and 360° videos; founding Highway101 Experiential Technology Community; co-founding the VR Café that pops up in Montreal and Paris; managing digital content for VRRelated and The VR Bible, managing communications and producing events at Jump Into the Light, VR Cinema & Playlab located in NYC. He recently demoed Mannahatta VR at Exploring Future Reality hosted by NYC Media Lab at Viacom, New York University, and Creative Tech Week.
This project is generously supported by
In 2016-17 New York University, Asian/Pacific/American Institute generously supported the preliminary travel and research to Indonesia as well as the community engagement with Lenape culture bearers via a one-year art residency.