Sound project and DJ sets by Marina Rosenfeld. DJ by Raz Mesinai & DJ Japanster

Sound project and DJ sets by Marina Rosenfeld. DJ by Raz Mesinai & DJ Japanster The Ginger Island Project / Red Egg

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The Ginger Island Project reflects on the idea of the Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the late 1960s.

Ginger Island is an uninhabited island in the Caribbean, part of the British Virgin Islands, where George Maciunas wanted to start a Fluxus artist colony and build a unique city. His plan was to buy the island and give pieces of land to Fluxus artists for development. Maciunas produced an urban development sketch strangely reminiscent of the Manhattan grid with numbered plots of land.

Together with friends such as artists Milan Knizák, Yoshi Wada and actor Robert De Niro, Maciunas travelled to Ginger Island in 1969 to explore it before making the final decision about acquisition. This trip is surrounded by various legends and urban myths, involving encounters with the police and with poisonous trees growing on the island. The experience was rather traumatic; the visitors suffered from temporary blindness and swollen limbs. In the end, for a variety of reasons Maciunas never acquired the island and a Fluxus artist colony was never established there. The island is still uninhabited and the only visitors are fishermen and divers.

The Ginger Island Project include an exhibition at the Emily Harvey Foundation of work by a group of artists directly or indirectly relating to the Ginger Island trip, a film installation at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and a sound project by Marina Rosenfeld at a pop-up venue in SoHo/Chinatown. In the project Ginger Island becomes a metaphor for utopias, dreams, aspirations and creativity.

Curated by Liutauras Psibilskis.

Related Event Title Date & Time Description Price
Amy Granat, Sissel Kardel, Milan Knizák, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Lisa Oppenheim & Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.
The Ginger Island Project / Emily Harvey Foundation / Opening Reception
  • Sat. Nov 12, 5:00 pm
An exhibition about the utopian Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the early 1970s. Free
The Ginger Island Project / Storefront for Art and Architecture / Closing Reception
Films by Jonas Mekas & Milan Knizák
  • Sun. Nov 13, 6:00 pm
A remix night about the utopian Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the early 1970s. Free

Funding

Supported by the Czech Center New York.