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Creekworthy: Unfiltered

July 23 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm UTC-5

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For the second installment of Flux Factory’s Creekworthy series, which takes place on the water/waterfront near Hunters Point South park, Flux presents artists who educate and reflect on water contamination.

Jocelyn Beausire‘s “SLOW/DEEP a project in unbuilding” is a solo performance taking place from 6:30-8:30pm along the waters edge. In the artist’s words, “(Re)introducing intimacy between the site’s human inhabitants and the now long-distrusted waterways of the East River and Newtown Creek, I initiate a reparation. As a form of embodied archival practice, I unearth the site’s history – from Lenape territory to Dutch cornfields to industrial wasteland, to parkland surrounded by high-rise developments. Dragging bricks from my waist by white cloth lines and casting them into the water, I trace the edge path. Corn-based and completely biodegradable, their materiality presents an offering, a generative irony which undermines the brick’s symbolic violence and rewrites the relationships between builder, building, and place.”

Meanwhile, NYseaweed (Shanjana Mahmud and Luke Eddins) and Cody Herrmann will lead educational tabling.

Mahmud and Eddins are producing “an array of habitat panels for ribbed mussels that will be mounted along the bulkheads of Newtown Creek. The panels will be made of fiber reinforced cement with a coating of crushed oyster shells. As part of the fabrication process, on the 23rd the artists will invite the public “to put their fingers and hands in the wet and hardening cement surface to make the little recesses and grooves that give the mussel spat sheltered spots to settle in.”

Herrmann will set up a temporary tattoo station offering passer-bys free temporary tattoos, adhered with water from the Creek. The tattoos depict Citizens Water Quality Testing data, measuring levels of enterococcus bacteria, which reflect the presence of combined sewage overflows and times when people should avoid touching the water.

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