May 1—Oct 31, 2021
Nolan Park - Building 11
The NYU-Gallatin WetLab is an experimental art-science laboratory for students, artists, and researchers to create, develop, and display collaborative projects across the environmental arts and sciences.
WetLab will host the Urban Greening Lab’s urban biology field station, an artist residency, and public lectures from the porch. On the main floor, an exhibition will display findings and works from our inaugural art-science collaboration with NYU-Gallatin students and Harbor School marine biology students.
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