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AiOP and The New School presents: URBAN FESTIVAL ON 14th STREET APRIL 1, 2011

FACT SHEET for Urban Festival

WHO: Art in Odd Places & Urban Curriculum at The New School.

WHAT: 2nd annual
Urban Festival
commemorating the Bicentennial Anniversary of the 1811 Commissioners’ Grid of Manhattan.

Performance and visual art by Harmattan Theater, BroLab Collective, Hydrophony (artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Thomas Dexter), and student work from the Urban Curriculum courses ‘Cinemetrics’ and ‘Urban Interventions’.

WHEN: Friday, April 1 5-7pm.

WHERE: 14th Street Between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenues, Manhattan, New York City.

Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W to Union Square; 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, V to 14th Street.
L to First Avenue, Third Avenue, Union Square, Sixth Avenue, and Eighth Avenue.

Maps are available at Parsons The New School For Design, Shelia Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street at Fifth Avenue.

WHY: The Commissioners’ Grid began at 14th Street, the first street in the grid to span from the Hudson to the East Rivers. This event will celebrate and imagine the future of the grid.

CONTACT:
Vinh Cam, AiOP PR Director AiOPpr@gmail.com, (646) 259-0311
Ed Woodham, AiOP Director info@artinoddplaces.org, (347) 350-4242

Photos available upon request

Art in Odd Places & Urban Curriculum at The New School Commemorates the Bicentennial Anniversary of the 1811 Commissioners’ Grid of Manhattan at
URBAN FESTIVAL ON 14th STREET APRIL 1, 2011

Manhattan, NYC (March 21, 2011)—Art in Odd Places (AiOP) and The University-wide Urban Curriculum at The New School is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Urban Festival commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the 1811 Commissioners’ Grid of Manhattan. A partnership between Art in Odd Places and urban@newschool, this event will celebrate and imagine the future of the grid. The Commissioners’ Grid began at 14th Street, the first street in the grid to span from the Hudson to the East Rivers. Professional and amateur performers, as well as artists will offer a condensed a two-hour event beginning at sunset on 14th Street between Fifth and Seventh Avenues. This event is free and open to the public.

We aim to renew the grid to create new socio-cultural relations to the region’s natural resources. Our relationship with climate, food, and animals and with ourselves is up for discussion. The under utilized and overlooked spaces of our city afford environments for a wilder imagination. The Urban Festival seeks to raise a discussion about ecological and social inclusion in our dense city grid.

The performance ‘Grid Scenes’ is a collaboration between Harmattan Theater and the course ‘Cinemetrics’. This portion of the festival will also include curated installations from the course ‘Urban Interventions’. Participating AiOP artists include The BroLab Collective who will explore notions of labor and resolution dissolving boundaries between viewer and participant inviting the public to interact with a panel of artist and curators, as well as Hydrophony who will reveal New York City living waters through a chance-sound installation comprised of underwater field recordings taken from both Hudson and East rivers. Hydrophony is artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Thomas Dexter.

About the Urban Festival
urban@newschool, the University-wide Urban Curriculum at The New School is comprised of hundreds of courses across the university as well as four degree programs. Between March 1 and May 15, 2011 urban@newschool is hosting an Urban Festival. It is a series of thematically linked events, comprised of guest lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, open classrooms, field trips, conferences, and urban parties—all scheduled to take place within and around The New School campus.

About Art in Odd Places
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is an annual festival that presents visual and performance art in public spaces along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October. Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. This year AiOP 2011: RITUAL: Ceremony. Habituation. Myth. Obsession. Superstition. will take place October 1-10. www.artinoddplaces.org

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