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Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

Temporary Construction Alert: Please be advised that several areas on Governors Island will be impacted throughout September due to the installation of Charles Gaines’s “Moving Chains” and the Longines Global Champions Tour. Click here for details.

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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.

Weekly on Saturday and Sunday, starting from Oct 9, 2021, until Nov 1, 2021
Nolan Park - Nolan Park - Building 15