Started in May of 2012, Shore Fruit, a collaborative project with Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, is a bicycle powered cut fruit cart on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk, serving fresh cut fruit on skewers. Shore Fruit is an interactive performance, a mobile space for unexpected social interactions, and a sustainable micro business. We can be found on the boardwalk pedaling between Beach 59th St. and Beach 116th St. Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 7pm. For more info: http://shorefruit.tumblr.com/
Installed in LMCC’s Building 110 on Governors Island, the NNGC served as a one-room museum and research facility detailing the changing landscapes and past uses of the island. The NNGC was open to the public during selected weekends throughout the summer of 2011.
NOOTEN – The Dutch called the island Noten, and then Nutten and Nooten, after the variety of nut trees found here.
NEW GROUND – The term New Grounds is used to refer to constructions or additions built upon a pre-existing foundation, Old Grounds. New and Old Grounds are immediately relational and constantly in a state of flux. As soon as a New Ground is put into place on top of or contingent to a previously formed Ground, the earlier Ground then becomes an Old Ground. Old Grounds become New Grounds when the Old re-emerges through the New or if the New is destroyed or otherwise removed.
CENTER – The Center is based on the Old Grounds / New Grounds Theory and aims to raise questions and awareness about the island’s Grounds and to expand the possibilities of our interactions with them. Nooten Eyelant is an exceptional place to analyze Old and New Grounds because of the abundance of visible constructions dating from various periods of history and in ranging stages of decay.
Constructed in Building 110 on Governors Island. Made possible by LMCC’s Swing Space program.
Installed as part of Cityscapes (May-August 2010) at Socrates Sculpture Park, Station #4 i a hand-constructed information booth which informs, disinforms, and generally confuses the public. Mimicked after a park ranger station, the booth is filled with natural specimen, outdated maps, posters, yellowing documents, handmade brochures, and cardboard replicas of office supplies. The brochures explain the history of the natural environment of the park, including the changes in land use since the 1600s, and tell of specific invented people, dates, and occurrences. Employed by the fictional Department of Urban Historical Natural Knowledge Assessment, the station has one employee, Connie O’Nassis, whose duties include answering park goers’ questions, handing out brochures, and leading walking tours of the park’s perimeter.
Travel Valley was a temporary travel agency constructed within a former Italian ice shop on Graham Ave. in Brookyln, NY. I conceived, installed, and organized the project which included travel-related sculptures, videos, and posters by about 20 artists displayed within the empty ice cream coolers and on the walls. In addition to hosting movie screenings, lectures, and parties, the travel agency kept regular business hours, during which it was open to the public and staffed by my performance alter ego, Connie O’Nassis.