While our preparations seemed endless for U.W.A.C. day, it came and went all in an instant. Not only did we successfully reach our goals of reiterating nature into an urban environment, but we were able to peek the interests of viewers of all ages. From infants to the elderly, even a few dogs joined in on the fun with their owners. More importantly we were able to get our point across and people were able to appreciate the project and in many cases join in on our cause. Our original design of news and tissue paper flowers acted as the perfect decorative shell for the plant pods we placed in the center. The wires wrapped around the center of the flowers acted as stems; allowing us to place them on scaffolding, gates, fences, etc. Everyone left our workshop with either their very own paper flower planter or a sense of accomplishment by donating their paper flower planters to us. A few hours into the event we ventured to 10th Avenue between 24th and 25th street.
Matthew was a presenter for UWAC Day 2010. He invited participants to sign up for Freespace, an initiative which will be made up of forgotten spaces, private spaces, and lost spaces. People are invited to go out and find and reclaim a space, or donate a space they control in some way for a period of time.
Liz was a presenter at UWAC Day 2010. She invited participants to re-establish wilderness in NYC by recreating a lost world where beavers dammed and turtles swan in flowing steams, and foxed frollicked under tower trees.
Kai-Oi Jay Yung’s socially engaged practice splinters sculpture, video, performance; confronting participants with playful multi-sensory interventionist environments that reassess our migratory places and identities. Central to her psycho-socio-political exchange is invaluable cross-pollination with experts in marine biology to physiognomy, forging friendships to extend creative process to more inhabitants and contexts. From sock as a weapon to address climate change and scant resources (Sock Exchange) to incantation of seer/savant Tarot role to mine the psyche of Marseille’s port flux and individual happiness scale (Tarot De Marseille); Yung’s first collaborative project with Eyebeam as part of the Urban Wilderness Action Center (UWAC) instigates a global urban wilderness campaign to fertilise our uninhabitable concrete spaces.
The Urban Wilderness Action Center (UWAC) is a project initiated by Eyebeam alum Jon Cohrs, in collaboration with the Eyebeam Student Residents, Eyebeam education coordinator Stephanie Pereira, and UK-based artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung. The UWAC project includes a web platform uwac.anewfuckingwilderness.com and a day of action where people from NYC, Berlin, Amsterdam and London will design and disseminate projects around the theme of "urban wilderness."
UWAC DAY is Saturday, March 20. Each of four lead cities will host a day of free artist-led interventions that respond to urban wilderness. We will document the day through a live Twitter, Flickr, and video feed streamed through the UWAC website.