iLANDing:
Researching Urban Ecologies with Movement Based Scores

iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, Dance) invites participants for an outdoor workshop for the creation of movement-based scores designed to explore local urban ecologies.

Participants will have an opportunity to dance, draw, and map based on their observations of the creatures inhabiting Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Some of the activities will draw from research on the behavior of white-footed mice as well as the history of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.

iLANDing is a practice developed over the past 15 years of iLAB residencies hosted by iLAND. The workshops will be accompanied by the newly released publication A Field Guide to iLANDing: Scores for Researching Urban Ecologies, which compiles 77 scores sourced from 14 years of iLAND’s interdisciplinary collaborations. For more information and to RSVP for the workshop, please contact intern@ilandart.org

Participants should meet at 1pm in front of the museum’s East Entrance. Drawing materials and light refreshments will be provided.

iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance) is a dance research organization that investigates the power of dance, in collaboration with other fields, to illuminate our kinetic understanding of the world. iLAND is a pioneering organization at the forefront of collaborative art and environmental projects, promoting dialogue and integration between disciplines in creative processes, research, and project development. iLAND believes that the results of such reciprocal research are informed and enriched by the different approaches of artists and scientists. Art and environmental projects are uniquely positioned to address the complicated challenges posed by climate change and the many issues surrounding the use of natural resources. iLAND’s programs support the development of sustainable cultural practices, and stimulate and encourage creative and dynamic interactions with the environment. Since 2006, the iLAB residency program has created opportunities for movement-based artists, scientists, environmentalists, architects, and others to develop creative collaborative processes that engage ecologies in a range of sites in and around New York City.

Jennifer Monson is the founder and artistic director of iLAND-interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance. For almost two decades her work has used choreography as a method for researching environmental systems.

Julia Handschuh writes, moves, and makes objects; often in relation to issues of improvisation, ecology, and the politics of space. She is a board member of iLAND and an editor and designer of A Field Guide to iLANDing: Scores for Researching Urban Ecologies.

Image: Ian Douglas, The Language of the Listening Body, 2006.