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Art at the BlueLine

 

This year, the Waterfront Alliance and City of Water Day is exploring the BlueLine—the future high tide line—to collectively highlight the risk we all face from sea level rise and coastal storms. More than one million people in our region face direct risks from coastal flooding today. Experience the BlueLine through the work of three extraordinary climate artists, featured below. These talented individuals have been selected by our art jury for their unique perspective on climate issues and sea level rise through the lens of artistic expression. The pieces will include a variety of mediums from live performances to stationary materials.

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On September 23, meet the artists behind Art at the BlueLine! Join us for a discussion with the three artists, currently displaying their works across the Seaport District, on how art forms can help engage the personal values and emotions that are so crucial to motivate action on the existential crisis of climate change. An audience Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

September 23, 4-5:15 PM

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We Are The Asteroid II, 2018

Artist: Justin Brice Guariglia
Sandblasted solar-powered LED message board

We Are the Asteroid II is a public artwork by artist Justin Brice Guariglia. The sandblasted solar-powered LED highway message board loops six ecological aphorisms written for Guariglia by eco philosopher Timothy Morton. The board flashes surprising poetry, metaphor, and humor to challenge viewers to think ecologically while breaking down barriers to stimulate conversations about the environment. This project is made possible by a grant from Science Rising and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Waves

Artist: Kamau Ware
Fabric flags affixed to poles

WAVES is an intervention into the physical and psychic space of the Seaport District, illustrating the connected history between the Indigenous people of New York and the Africans from the Congo and Angola in the 17th century on the island of Manhattan. WAVES is a composition of four flags symbolizing these nations and the space between memory and resilience.

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36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea

Artist: Sarah Cameron Sunde
Video performance work

36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (2013 – present) is a series of nine site-specific participatory performances and video works created in locations around the world that are threatened by rising sea levels.

The project began in 2013 as a poetic and personal response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City. Sarah Cameron Sunde stood in water for 12 hours and 48min as the tide rose and fell on her body over the full tidal cycle. Since then, the work has grown into a complex, collaborative, evolving series of works that engages communities around the world in conversations around deep time, embodiment, and sea-level rise. Through this confrontation and communion with the ocean, the project embraces time and tides as mediums to communicate individual and collective vulnerability and resilience.

The performances are filmed in real time from multiple perspectives and then turned into durational video works that are the same length as each performance, providing a slow and sensory experience for viewers. For Waterfront Alliance’s BlueLine Art Walk at the South Street Seaport, Sunde will install outdoor video projections on Pier 16 & 17 across four evenings, September 12, 17, 25 and 26.

For more info on the series as a whole, please visit: www.36pt5.org