FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday July 31, 2013
Exhibition | Artist Residency
12×12 at First Park:
Pondering Smarter Consumption
August 6 – September 1, 2013
Tuesdays – Sundays, 12-7PM
Presented by World Policy Institute, First Street Green, NYC Parks, and Fourth Arts Block
Exhibition Launch: 5-7PM August 10, 2013
First Park, 33 E 1st St, New York, NY
Corner of Houston Street and 2nd Avenue
FREE and open to the public
Illustration Courtesy of World Policy Institute
NEW YORK, NY – First Street Green in partnership with World Policy Institute, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc), NYC Parks, and New York City artists, will present WPI’s second installation of The 12×12 Project at First Park, 33 E. 1st Street, in Manhattan’s East Village. An opening event, cosponsored by First Street Green and FABnyc, will kick off the Manhattan installation on August 10 from 5-7PM. The installation will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00pm to 7:00pm August 6 through September 1, 2013.
The 12×12 Project originated from a book by author and WPI Senior Fellow, William Powers. Powers chronicled his season living in a “tiny house” in the 2010 award-winning, national “green living” bestseller: Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin, Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. Inspired by the book, artists Betsy Damon, Simon Draper, Erik Ajemian and Christy Rupp formed a creative team to engage the public in dialogue about how smarter consumption might change their lives—and the planet.
The roving 12×12 installation is a simple, modular space that houses panels containing text and questions from the Twelve by Twelve book. These panels vary, allowing the project to grow and evolve. Participants and park visitors to the installation will engage with the question “What’s your 12×12?” in order to spark new thinking around what smart consumption means for each person. Featured artists selected by FABnyc and WPI will also be in residence over the course of four weeks:
August 6 -11, 2013: Presented by WPI, NYC-based artist Ivy Haldeman will use the 12 x 12 as a space to reflect on the aesthetics of darkness as an indirect means of living sustainably. In opposition to a mentality of 24/7 activity, Ivy will make the 12 x 12 into a place for napping and rest.
August 13 – 18, 2013: Presented by FABnyc, Mario Chamorro, Catalina Parra, and Pablo Gnecco of The Happiness Lab will create social experiments through art within the 12×12 space in order to explore and visualize how people use their own happiness to develop sustainable communities.
August 20 – 25, 2013: Presented by WPI, musician Jonathan Koh will compose music in the 12×12 space, using a combination of classical techniques and synthesizers. His work will contemplate how music can help the listener engage with space and reflect on smart consumption in a small space.
August 27 – September 1, 2013: Presented by FABnyc, NYC-based performance artist Shawn Shafner invites visitors to create their own square patch of latch hook rug, 12 rows across and 12 columns up and down. The last day of the project, the squares will be sewn together, creating a vibrant patchwork and an expression of community collaboration.
Social media will facilitate discussions among artists, their audience, and the global community during and after the installations. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram (@12x12project) will serve as online meeting places.
For questions about the 12×12 Project, artists, media requests, and technical specs contact: Michelle Barge at email@example.com and visit our website: http://the12x12project.tumblr.com/.
About Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc):
FABnyc (www.fabnyc.org) was founded in 2001 as the nonprofit leadership organization for the East 4th Street Cultural District, a historic and vibrant arts corridor in Manhattan between Second Avenue and Bowery. Now a neighborhood-wide coalition of arts and community groups, FABnyc drives community and economic development, while also preserving the Lower East Side’s rich heritage and creative energy. Designated the “Model Block” for Borough President Stringer’s Go Green LES initiative, FABnyc is leading the effort to match existing energy, waste, and water reduction programs to arts groups, residents, and small businesses in the Cultural District. FABnyc is partnering with 12×12 on this project as part of their SUSTAIN project, with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund. (www.fabnyc.org/sustainability.php)
About World Policy Institute:
The World Policy Institute (www.worldpolicy.org) is a center for global thought leadership focused on emerging challenges, thinkers and solutions. World Policy Journal, fellows, events, policy development and media outreach provide a forum for solution-directed policy analysis and debate from a global perspective.
About First Street Green:
First Street Green (www.firststreetgreenpark.org) provides cultural programming in First Park at 33 East 1st Street in Manhattan. Through their efforts, First Park has become an open art space that serves the Lower East Side community by engaging with community artists, designers, architects, community groups, and cultural institutions through a series of programs that activate this public space, scheduled from May 1st through October 1st.
About NYC Parks:
Parks & Recreation is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land – 14 percent of New York City – including more than 5,000 individual properties. They are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs, and are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals. Parks’ Art in the Park has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks.