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Particulate Matter: a performance aboard Swale

Nov 12, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

Particulate Matter

Artists Amelia Marzec and Robert Mayson bring their sound installation and performance piece, Particulate Matter, to Swale- Mary Mattingly’s floating sculpture and food farm, which is docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Particulate Matter is an experiment in spatialized sound and micro radio, employing decaying, discarded and hacked technology. It explores themes of technological obsolescence and reclamation at a time when Norway is beginning to phase out FM radio; and when manufacturers worldwide are ceasing the production of all varieties of tape players. A series of cassette recordings are informed by the Musique Concrète movement, and the phenomenon of 1980’s DIY cassette trading. The recordings incorporate found musical toys and resonant, non-musical objects (metal poles, drinking vessels, and cookware). The sounds are broadcast from a series of hand-constructed FM transmitters to a series of salvaged radios, boomboxes, and alarm-clocks positioned around the space. Listeners can gather and hear the signals overlapping, fluctuating, and intruding upon one another.


Swale is a collaborative floating food forest where people may visit, partake in the caretaking process and learn about food sustainability. Created by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale functions as both an evolving sculpture and a tool by producing healthy food at the intersection of public art and utility.

Built from recycled materials atop a 130×40 foot barge, Swale was created to prove that food can function as a public resource in cities and to show that recycled materials can be made into functional and aesthetically pleasing structures. Visitors to Swale will see persimmon, bok choy, yucca, onion, tomatillos, herbs and other perennial fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. Water to nourish the plants is taken directly from the East River and filtered through slow sand and activated carbon filters. Rainwater is collected from the rooftop of the Biome Arts Greenhouse Theater, a pavilion that serves as a performance space, activist meeting hall, and artist gallery aboard Swale.


Saturday, November 12, 2-4pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6
334 Furman St Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York 11201

This event is free and open to the public.


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Nov 12, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Brooklyn Bridge Park- Pier 6
Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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