The Laboratory For What's Possible
Weekly on Saturday and Sunday, starting from Oct 9, 2021, until Nov 1, 2021
Nolan Park - Nolan Park - Building 15
The project consists of a book and an installation from Amelia Marzec. The book, What Happened Here, exposes the locations of 28 sites that were occupied by both Bell Labs and the U.S Army in the early 20th century. Architectural evidence from the experimentation that occurred remains on the land today. These places laid the groundwork for our communication technology today, and remind us that our communication systems were originally intended for warfare.
The installation, The Laboratory For What’s Possible, expands upon two of the sites. One is a nuclear missile site just south of NYC. The other is the location where radar was invented that was used to bomb Prague during WWII. The installation situates the early telecommunications industry next to Slavic migration history, intergenerational trauma, and queer family. It includes interactive software that will allow viewers to experience the decommissioned industrial sites; tools and items that were built for testing the landscape; and medicinal plants collected from the nuclear missile site and tested by the Urban Soils Institute, as nature has begun to take back the land.
This project is supported by the Research Foundation of CUNY, and artist residencies with Swale House and the Urban Soils Institute. Click here to read the press release.
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