The Expeditionary Art Adventure Team Report #3. Water is Life; Mni Wiconi - these words in many languages flowed from the Sculptural Acoustic Roller Vessel as we traveled 14th St and beyond for Art in Odd Places 2017 SENSE. Water flows to unite with water because all elements are subject to the same laws. Water gives life and sometimes takes it away - but there is no life without it. What happens if our waters disappear or are polluted beyond repair? At the present time, there are over 1,000 Super Fund Sites in the USA that have not been cleaned up.
The Keynote address/performance included a water ritual that used half of our collected waters. We continued on with 1 vial from Day one of my 2,367.4-mile Mississippi River Swim as performance and environmental statement, one vial of Hudson and East River waters and half-vials of the rest of our previously collected waters. We collected the following hidden waters between the Hudson and East Rivers for a final performance.
Vial #11 Oct. 15, 2017 - T. 14:29 Location 40º 43’ 58” N 73º 59’ 11” W Elevation 90' Aum Shanti Bookstore air conditioner drippings #226 E. 14th St Present: Dr. David Christenson, Margarita Baumann, Billy X Curmano, Mina Bellavia and Lilith Dorsey.
Request and entry denied for water at Tifereth Israel Synagogue 334 E. 14th Street, NYC.
Vial #12 Oct. 15, 2017 - T. 15:14 Location 40º 43’ 54” N 73º 58’ 59” W Elevation 110' Sol Goldman YM - YWHA Present: Dr. David Christenson, Margarita Baumann, Billy X Curmano, Mina Bellavia and Lilith Dorsey.
Final Performance and water ritual Billy X. Curmano assisted by Dr. David Christenson, Margarita Baumann, Mina Bellavia and Lilith Dorsey. We acknowledge, with gratitude, three blessings from Mother Cabrini arranged through the co-operation of LuLu LoLo.
Art in Odd Places 2017: SENSE was curated by Jodi Waynberg, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful and Rocío Aranda. Curatorial manager, Christina Daniels with curatorial assistants: Claire Gohorel, Katelyn Ahladas, Sofía Reeser del Río, Jing Cui, Kara Nandin, Paulina Kowalczyk, Zoé Fornara, Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle, Katrina De Wees, and Susan Joy Rippberger.