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
- Saturday, November 12, 5:00 pm
Emily Harvey Foundation MAP
Opening performances by Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. at 7:30 pm and by Amy Granat with Flora Wiegmann at 8:30 pm
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 including Amy Granat, Sissel Kardel, Milan Knizák, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Lisa Oppenheim and Michael David Quattlebaum Jr., 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.
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|Sound project and DJ sets by Marina Rosenfeld. DJ by Raz Mesinai & DJ Japanster
The Ginger Island Project / Red Egg
||In the project Ginger Island becomes a metaphor for utopias, dreams, aspirations and creativity.||Free|
|The Ginger Island Project / Storefront for Art and Architecture / Closing Reception
Films by Jonas Mekas & Milan Knizák
||A remix night about the utopian Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the early 1970s.||Free|
||In the spirit of Fluxus, Performa will produce an intensive 52-hour program across New York City, collaborating with members of the Performa Consortium.|
Supported by the Czech Center New York.