Preemptive Media (Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte and Brooke Singer) is holding a public workshop on June 24th from 1pm-5pm at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Avenues. During this workshop Preemptive Media will present and field-test AIR (Area’s Immediate Reading), a work in progress being developed as the 2005 Social Sculpture Commission awarded by Eyebeam and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The exhibition’s title, FEEDBACK, refers to the self-correcting mechanisms by which systems—in this case, ecological—respond to the influence they exert on their environments. The works on display echoed this recursive dynamic, from Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley’s DrinkPeeDrinkDrinkPee sewage processing organ, to Natalie Jeremijenko’s tadpole-dispensing prescription from the walk-in Environmental Health Clinic for the ecologically unwell. In direct response to the world’s loss of crop biodiversity Leah Gauthier’s Sow-In engaged the public, in partnership with local community gardening groups, to sow the seeds of those food plants most in danger of extinction.