The Ginger Island Project
Friday November 11, 2011 – Sunday November 13, 2011
The Ginger Island Project
A public screening, a slide installation, a sound project, a party and an exhibition
On view: November 11-13 from 11 am to 6 pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, November 13, 6 pm
“The Ginger Island Project reflects on the idea of the Fluxus artist community that George Maciunas initiated in the late 1960s. Ginger Island is an uninhabited island in the Caribbean, part of the British Virgin Islands, where George Maciunas wanted to start a Fluxus artist colony and develop a unique city. His plan was to buy the island and give pieces of land to Fluxus artists for development. Maciunas produced an urban development sketch strangely reminiscent of the Manhattan grid with numbered plots of land.
Together with friends Milan Knizák, Yoshi Wada, actor Robert De Niro and others, Maciunas travelled to Ginger Island in 1969 to explore the island before making the final decision about acquisition. This trip is surrounded by various legends, involving encounters with the police and with poisonous trees. The experience was rather traumatic; the visitors suffered from temporary blindness and swollen limbs. In the end, for a variety of reasons, Maciunas never acquired the island and a Fluxus artist colony was never established there. The island is still uninhabited and the only visitors are fishermen and divers.”
— Liutauras Psibilskis
Curated by Liutauras Psibilskis, The Ginger Island Project is a multi-part project featuring a screening, a slide installation, a sound project, a party and an exhibition of re-interpretations and remixes of archival material at Storefront for Art and Architecture, Red Egg, and the Emily Harvey Foundation. Presented as part of Performa 11, the fourth edition of visual art performance biennial in New York City (November 1-21, 2011), the three-day film installation at Storefront will feature two films: “A Walk” (1990)- Jonas Mekas’ visual diary taking us through parts of SoHo and its history, focusing in particular on its establishment as the artists’ community in New York, and “Ginger Island” (1969) – a short film by Milan Knizák in which he takes picturesque shots of the island during the Fluxus artists’ trip. Ginger Island Project will conclude with a closing reception at Storefront on Sunday November 13, 6pm.
Also as part of The Ginger Island Project:
An installation/sound project @ Red Egg
and an exhibition @ Emily Harvey Foundation
202 Centre Street
November 11, 2011; 11 PM
Sound project and DJ sets by Marina Rosenfeld. DJ sets by Raz Mesinai and DJ Japanster
Emily Harvey Foundation
Opening reception 5-9 pm,
On view: November 12-19, 2011
Group exhibition with artists Amy Granat, Sissel Kardel, Milan Knizák, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Lisa Oppenheim & Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.