New York Virtual Volcano Observatory
May 1—Oct 31, 2021
Nolan Park - Building 11
The New York Virtual Volcano Observatory (NYVVO) on Governors Island recreates the experience of exploring a volcano within NYC. NYVVO seeks to make the experience of exploration accessible to a broad audience, to engage visitors of all ages in the excitement of geology, and to share the surprisingly important role NYC has played in volcano science. We are a collaboration between NYC-based scientists and artists, featuring real world and virtual interactions with volcanic geology.
The New York Virtual Volcano Observatory (VVO) will host a pop-up art-science exhibition by the WetLab of NYU-Gallatin titled PHREATIC! from May 1-June 7. The title stems from the type of explosive eruption prompted when water (WetLab) meets volcanism (VVO)! The remainder of the public season will include the interactive art-science outreach that the VVO is known for, adapted for COVID.
Weekends May 1–June 7, 11AM–5PM at Nolan Park 11: PHREATIC!
How do we, as humans, connect to the many bodies that carry and create us? PHREATIC! is the inaugural teaching exhibition of WetLab, an emerging art-science collective and curatorial laboratory at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Working within the bones of a domestic interior, eight interdisciplinary artists explore symbiotic ecologies and eruptive encounters. Delving into the worlds that live within other worlds, the artists investigate multispecies interactions and earthliness at points of disruption. The exhibition is housed within the New York Virtual Volcano Observatory; like volcanic eruptions, the processes and cycles that the artists explore generate both destruction and renewal.
Works by Brock Riggins and Taylor Burkhead explore contaminated and conflicted landscapes across ecological and cultural histories, while Annick Saralegui works with microbes and the visual languages of bacterial pigments and DNA to convey climate crises and fermented ecologies. Aleyna Weitzner, Rhea Barve, and Kristina Waymire present works that illuminate the intimate homes within nests, shells, and other natural vessels. Jack Helfrich and Emma Waddell create sound art and interactive virtual landscapes to bring forward patterns of symbiosis.
NYU Gallatin invites you to sense, wonder, and enjoy the unfolding investigations that reside in this house.
Curated by Ayaka Fujii and Elinor New