Under the Viaduct 2015 Pop-Up Premiere In Harlem

Harlem_viaductFor the 2nd year, the West Harlem ArtFund will produce pop-up art under the 12th Avenue Viaduct in West Harlem.“Under the Viaduct 2015, is comprised of art; lifestyle experiences that disrupts everyday life for local residents” according to Savona  Bailey-McClain, Artistic Director for Under the Viaduct.

And as a bonus on June 6th,a Washington Heights edition debut with RIVER | ROAD in collaborationwith Culturehub, SPIE,  and NEA for the International Year of Light; Light-based technology.

The lineup is as follows:

  • River|Road is an interactive experience that remixes the riverscape and its urban surroundings. 48 bands of light break to reveal the surface of a 104′ wall facing the Hudson River. Noise of the traffic overhead disrupts the installation while audience members play with the dynamic patterns of light. Appropriate for all ages, River|Road shows the city in a whole new light.River|Road will include US Poet Laureate Rita Dove’s poem Under the Viaduct, 1932 from the Pulitzer Prize winning book Thomas and Beulah.
  • 36.5 is a series of durational performances lasting 12+ hours for a full tidal cycle, low tide to low tide.New York-based artist Sarah Cameron Sunde stands in a tidal bay as the water engulfs her up to her neck and then recedes again. The tide tracks time directly on the body and functions as a metaphor for accelerated change. Each performance involves new participants and the piece grows organically.Inspired by the 10.5 foot tidal shift on the coast of Maine, contemporary daily routines, the work of Knut Hamsun, Marina Abramović and leading climate adaptation experts, this time-based project acknowledges the permanently temporary nature of things and considers our relationship to water as it shifts due to rising sea levels and the struggle to survive both as individuals and as a civilization.
  • “Shuffled Light” first premiered in January at the Opening Ceremony for the UN International Year of Light at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Created by Pete Rogina and Eileen Cohen, this team used Panasonic PTD5700U projectors to stream floating images onto the perforated metal screen of BLDG 92.The works all started as eight light photos shot by Rogina. To create an aquatic element to the mix, colorful ink drops were also added. For the second year, this team will be projecting on the famed Cotton Club located on west 125th Street near 12th Avenue.
  • COTTON CLUB PREMIERE of Short Animation Films
  • SHORELINE, Dance Intervention. Choreographed by Louise Ebersole for Under the Viaduct 2015, an art & lifestyle series where folks can meet, bike, skate or dine in an open-air plaza. Situated in West Harlem on 12th Avenue and near the Hudson River, residents and fellow New Yorkers can enjoy passive recreation in the daytime and when the sun starts going down, engage in dance, digital and reflective art. The premiere of Shoreline is based on movement themes of “ebbing and flowing”. Dancers will cluster onto the grassy lawn between the two piers on the shore. Once assembled, the dancers will progress to a canon of set material, which will evolve into a mass of bodies, again moving with “ebbing and flowing” ideas, ending as the dancers move in a flock-like fashion off down the path, indicating the end of the piece.
  • Dubbed Directions acknowledges how construction is apart of everyday city life.  We have to re-route and navigate constant change. This intervention is a play on street and construction signage and how we can still make ourselves feel safe within constant flux. LADY K-FEVER (b. Canada) is a New York based inter-disciplinary artist and curator working with painting, installation, photography, performance and public art projects Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, New York and to be put down with NYC graffiti crews KD & TDS.

Under the Viaduct 2015 at 12th Avenue Viaduct in West Harlem and 125th Street.


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