This summer we created our first large scale, collaborative project, a two-week symposium culminating in the construction of a networked, semi-autononous structure in the woods of New York, symbolizing our core values of ecology, autonomy and technology. The structure served as a performance space, international activist meeting hall, gallery space and platform for other artworks, as well as being its own art piece.
The Forrest Pavilion was a large scale architectural installation in the woods of Delhi, NY. We gathered ten artists, built a structure and created seven installations in seven days to nurture, explore and examine green, blue, black culture. Terri Chao & Adam Frezza designed the structure. During the day, the sunlight through the trees created projections on its roof and walls. In the evening, Terri projected video from the forrest onto the structure. The artists came and meditated and talked. Later, Terri and her partner Adam Frezza hosted a gallery opening for the sculptures of forrest plants they created at our program. John Sims and Brian House created a performance. John Sims filled the structure with reactive glyphs. Brian used the position of the stars in the area to create a concert for us and for the forrest. Throughout our program, Chihao Yo organized a series of IRC talks with international activists in the structure, as well as lead several workshops examining the interconnections between our three values. Anne Goldenberg created a performance that traced the raw earth minerals in our computers from their originary point in Nigeria, through to the Western World and back to Africa. And, finally, during the last days of the program, Sally Bozzuto, Ari Kalinowski, David Kim and Chihao Yo, the organizers, created the final component of the structure, the core. The core was a conversation-machine that created a dynamic feedback loop between human participants, digital networks and a small-scale eco-systems of insects. Our project and our time in Delhi was a challenging experiment in architecture, art, conversation and government.