No Plan is An Island / Candace Thompson, Katherine Patiño Miranda, and Cody Herr
(USA) Sound Installations
No Plan Is an Island is a multi-location sound piece designed to be listened to in one of 3 sites across NYC with which the artist/creators have an ongoing practice: Manhattan's Stuyvesant Cove Park, Queen's Flushing Creek and the Swale Food Forest and Urban Soils Institute on Governors Island. Playing with non-human perspectives on over-developed land, rising tidewaters, and traditional multi-species agroecology, the piece challenges green gentrification schemes and offers alternate perspectives for a species on the brink of extinction.
This project is made in support of the the NYC Community Activation of Public Space (CAPS) Collective, helmed by the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, the Bronx River Foodway, Stuyvesant Cove Park and a growing list of community partners currently striving to expand community access to the agri/cultural commons as a step towards a more socially and ecologically just future.
Action: Challenge your human perspective of land and place with the perspective of a species on the brink of extinction. Visit one of 3 sites across NYC: Manhattan's Stuyvesant Cove Park, Queen's Flushing Creek and the Swale Food Forest and Urban Soils Institute on Governors Island.
Bios: Cody Ann Herrmann is a New York City based artist with an interest in participatory design methods, public space, and urban resilience. Through multidisciplinary arts, community engagement exercises, and grassroots organizing she applies an iterative, human centered approach to environmental problem solving. Since 2014 Cody's work has revolved around her hometown of Flushing, Queens, creating a series of projects critiquing policy related to land use and environmental planning in areas surrounding Flushing Bay and Creek. Cody holds an undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design, and an MFA from Social Practice Queens at CUNY Queens College.
Katherine Patiño Miranda is interested in highlighting the invisible state of interdependence among diverse organisms on our planet. Her works, which she calls practices, are meditations always in the process of transformation dealing with cycles of life and death and the interdependent relationship between the human and non-human. Katherine transforms food waste and cardboard into natural pigments, paintings, performances and installations. In her life, the lines between kitchen, garden, and creative space blur on a daily basis becoming an ever-evolving field of investigation. She is interested in redefining notions like waste and trash. Her current artistic exploration begins by cooking, eating, recycling, composting, planting, harvesting and visiting the forest.
Candace Thompson is a (human) media artist, activist, and land steward who seeks to reconnect urbanites with the (un)natural world via intimate encounters with their local food web. Their project, The Collaborative Urban Resilience Banquet (C.U.R.B.) uses citizen science, non-human storytelling and free foraged community meals to challenge our notions of where our food comes from while imagining a future where the streets are 'clean enough to eat off of'. Thompson is also the Manager of Solar 1's Stuyvesant Cove Park, a two-acre native food forest in lower Manhattan where the public is permitted to forage for food and medicine from clean soil atop a former industrial site.