10 Days of Climate Action is an initiative of the Human Impacts Institute to bring together artists, musicians and performers to install climate-inspired public works throughout New York City. In an effort to inspire New Yorkers to think more critically about our actions and their impacts, each day of 10 Days of Climate Action will present a climate theme and a creatively engage the public in positive action around issues of climate change.Representatives from the Human Impacts Institute will be at hand to discuss each piece and to provide passers-by with tools for taking local action on curbing climate change. For more information about the FREE events below, please contact Tara DePorte at Tara@HumanImpactsInstitute.org or 917 727 9761
A project of the Human Impacts Institute with partnership from 350.org, Climate Week NYC, NYC Climate Coalition, The Climate Reality Project, numerous NYC artists
Dates: September 17-26th, 2011
Topic: CLIMATE INNOVATION
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2011-October 17th, 2011
Location: Rodney Park South, Rodney Street b/w South 4th and South 5th, Brooklyn, NY
Time: All day with Human Impacts Institute representatives, 11am-2pm
Artist: Eve Mosher
Description: “Insert__Here” is an interventionist public art installation conceived by NYC artist Eve Mosher that will be realized on a large scale in New York City with the international climate non-profit 350.org. “Insert__Here” invites participants to post bright yellow arrows suggesting creative climate change solutions such as “Insert a green roof here” “Insert solar panels here” “Insert a cool roof here” “Insert a tree here”. The project capitalizes on community awareness of place/environment and optimism around climate change solutions.
The Human Impacts Institute is partnering with Mosher and 350.org to bring the Insert__Here project to South Williamsburg to support the proposed plans proposed by NY City Councilmember Diana Reyna for decking over and building a community park over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, reducing air pollution and increasing drastically access to greens pace in the community.
Topic: SEA-LEVEL RISE
Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Location: East River State Park, Williamsburg BrooklynTime: 12pm-2pm
Title: Water Damage
Artist: Alex White
Description: With increasing strengths of storms and hundreds of miles of coast, NYC is faced with many challenges due to sea level rise. Water Damage takes sea-level rise to the next step, by demonstrating the progression of climate change through increased damage to property and lives in a series of sculptural installations at the City’s waterfront.
Topic: CLIMATE AND FOOD
Date: Monday, September 19th, 2011
Location: Union Square, South Plaza, NY, NY
Title: The Lexicon of Sustainability Project
Artist: Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton
Description: This mutli-media project created to teach the language of sustainability. Gayeton traveled around the country collecting stories and portraits of, pioneers in the food and farming industry, who are practioners of sustainability. The photos will serve as a catalyst to change our entire food system – including how we eat and what we eat.During the performance, each person will be the easel for the food portrait and they will perform a live, walking exhibition for passers-by to learn about consumer choice, food, and impacts on the climate.
Topic: A RESPONSE TO CLIMATE SKEPTICS
Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Location: Central Park’s Great Lawn
Time: 11 am -7 pm
Title: Escapist: the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.
Artist: Brian Whiteley
Description: It is clear that most people avoid thinking about the imminent threat of global warming. They may feel like they aren’t liable, that this isn’t their mess, that one person doesn’t matter. “Escape” is a social art experiment meant to induce the “Escapist” mindset. A vintage chair floating in the sky by helium balloons. The immediate reaction is of puzzled bemusement, an absorption of the mind in an imaginative situation. You’re not thinking about serious issues, your simply watching a chair float by in awe. Upon further examination you realize that the balloons and chair are chained down to a human being. Creating a more urgent and unpleasant situation. This is a real issue, and should be no time for day dreaming.
Topic: CLIMATE AND VULNERABILITY
Date: Wednesday, September 21st & Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Location: Brooklyn BridgeTime: 4-6pm
Artist(s): Josephine Decker
Description: Three families flee in slow-motion from an impending storm. Faces locked in expressions of fear, limbs twisting as they struggle away from what’s coming, the families move horribly slowly, as if through mud. But despite their red wagon and carefully packed suitcases, these are not human families: they are families of fish. Dressed as dapper 40′s families but with fish heads, the performers in “Evacuation” call to mind the horrible mass movements caused by World War II but pertain directly to the types of evacuations we are forcing upon our marine life today. The reminder: Evacuating isn’t something only humans do.
Topic: URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT
Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Location: Cubana Social, 70 North 6th Street (btw Wythe & Kent). Brooklyn, NY
Time: 6pm-6:30pm video screening
Title: The Albedo Effect
Artists: Tara DePorte and Jacqueline Hall with music by Alex White
Description: The Albedo Effect is a performance piece and film that uses dance and physical expression to “play” with the idea of the urban heat island effect. Throughout the performance, DePorte and Hall use the task of “painting a roof white” as a means to move, create images, and explore the transformation of the heat trapping blackness of the traditional NYC rooftop into a cool, reflective surface of a white roof.
Topic: WORKING TOGETHER FOR CLIMATE: MOVING PLANET
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Location: 11am Gather at Merchant’s Gate@Columbus Circle in Central Park to sign the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s petitions to call for more media coverage of climate change issues. Bike March begins at 12pm down Broadway to the rally from 2-4pm at United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, NY, NY
Time: 11am-4pmTitle: Moving Planet
Artist(s): 350.org, the Human Impacts Institute, and diverse groups
Description: Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action intomotion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyondfossil fuels. We are tentatively planning a march to kick off at Columbus Circle at noon, leading to a 2PM rally at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan. Join us! http://www.moving-planet.org/events/us/manhattan/348(note: permit for rally approved, permit for Bike March still pending)
Topic: CLIMATE GUILTDate: Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Location: Times Square, SE corner of Broadway and 45th street, NY, NY
Time: 2-6pmTitle: Climate Counseling
Artist: Tara DePorte
Description: In a costume reminiscent of a 1940’s cigarette girl, DePorte will roller skate around the Times Square pedestrian area offering climate counseling sessions. Passers-by will confess their climate guilts, doubts, and questions, and receive a “prescription” telling them how they can help solve climate change issues. Calling on the kitsch of the experience, the piece uses curiosity and humour to help people address the often-overwhelming feelings associated with climate change, leaving them with a course for positive action.
Topic: THINKING ABOUT CLIMATE
Date: Monday, September 26th, 2011
Location: Sheep Meadow, Central Park (West Side between 66th and 69th), NY, NY
Time: 6pm-8pmTitle: Meditations on a Warming Planet
Artist: The Human Impacts Institute
Description: Sometimes we just need time to sit together and thing about issues as big as climate change. In this audience-participation performance, people are invited to sit across from one another in silence and thought. At the end of their period of silence, participants will be asked to share one “climate wish” and one “climate commitment”.
Josephine Decker is a Brooklyn-based performer and filmmaker. Her work explores self-knowledge and environmental awareness through fantasy. Her performance art has received coverage in The New York Times, New York Daily News and on WNYC, and her feature doc “Bi The Way,” exploring the rise of bisexuality in America and now available on Logo and Netflix, screened at SXSW, Silverdocs, and about 100 festivals worldwide. Lucky to be collaborating with artists she admires, Josephine currently directs children’s music videos and shoots and edits documentaries in New York City. After improvising scenes with the Main Squeeze Orchestra and members of Pig Iron Theatre, Josephine wrote a script about a highly unusual accordion store. She aims to shoot the result — “Squeezebox” — as her first narrative feature in the fall of 2012.http://www.josephinedecker.com/
Tara DePorte is an artist and environmentalist and the Founder and Executive Director of the Human Impacts Institute. As an environmentalist, she has worked for many years developing education programs, policy, and collaborative frameworks for addressing issues of environmental degradation and community health. As an artist her work reflects the stories of daily lives, fears and obstacles through painting, sculpture, photography, and installations, Her works include items like found objects, paints, plaster gauze, and human hair and are often both intriguing and disturbing. Her work has been exhibited in galleries including those in NYC, Brazil, Berlin, Vienna, and Paris. TaraDePorte.com
Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton live on a farm near Petaluma, California where Laura has founded Laloo’s, the first goat milk ice cream company in the USA. Douglas is a filmmaker, photographer and writer. Since the early 90’s he has created award-winning work at the boundaries of traditional and converging media for AOL, MSN, MTV, Napster, Electronic Arts, Vivendi, Ubisoft, National Geographic and PBS. His most recent documentary aired on HBO. His photographs have been printed in Time and other magazines and are held in numerous museum and private collections around the world. Laura has a background as a seasoned commercials producer with over twenty years of industry experience. As a senior executive at The End, Palomar Pictures, Tool of America, and Slo Graffiti she pioneered the art of multilayered narrative approaches to film and video for hundreds of commercial clients.http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/
Jacqueline Hall is a student at NYU’s Gallatin School focusing on urban design and sustainability. She has formal training in ballet and her performances combine classical skill with improvisational movement. Jacqueline has worked with numerous design and environment groups throughout NYC.
Eve Mosher grew up on the borders of urban sprawl, watching the daily disintegration of wild in favor of cultivation in the form of suburban developments and strip malls. Upon her return to New York in 2005, she experienced culture shock from the lack of aggressive legislation and services vigorously addressing environmental issues. This new awareness influenced her transition to public, issue-based work.
Eve’s projects have been profiled in international media, including the New York Times, The Discovery Channel, ARTnews, L’Uomo Vogue and Le Monde. My public and community based artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, both through the Brooklyn Arts Council and The City Parks Foundation. I have also had two projects selected as New York Foundation for the Arts fiscal sponsorship. http://www.evemosher.com
Alex White is a scientist, writer, environmentalist, photographer, and musician. His youth in southern, rural Connecticut meets his adulthood in the city as the background to his unfolding future. He goes with the flow, man. In New York he is a drummer and keyboardist for Igloos and Law of the Sea, and a student of climate at Columbia University. You can see his blog and work at www.climatewisdom.com. “Water Damage” is his first public art installation.
Brian Whiteley is a Brooklyn based mixed media artist. Working mainly in painting, photography, assemblage, and performance art. His work explores the sharp contrasts and contradictions that are ever present in our society. Challenging our cultural ideals of beauty, consumption, sexuality, celebrity and identity. He uses the city as his main muse for his photography. Pursuing patterns, colors, hues, and pixelations. Beautifying the gritty urban machine that is New York.
His work has been shown in The New York Times, Time Out NY, featured at SPIN and RayBan events and numerous online publications. Gallery shows at Gowanus Ballroom, Bond Street Gallery, 220 Gallery, The Affordable Art Fair, The Urban Arts Festival, and the Brooklyn Artillery just to name a few. http://www.whiteleyart.com/