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Photo: Anne Slevin, Jane's Walk Participant, 2014.
Jane's Walk Video
Open Engagement Conference
Bard Graduate Center
Grant Awards

NEW VIDEO: Jane's Walk

"Ludogeography"- to let play influence movement through urban space.

Jane's Walk 2014- Ludogeography in Madison Sq. Park
Jane's Walk 2014


Mary Miss/ City As Living Laboratory and renowned game designer Josh DeBonis teamed up to create an interactive experience for this year's Jane's Walk. With input from historian Miriam Berman, naturalist Gabriel Willow, architect Juliette Spertus and Flatiron BID representative Scott Lamkin, the collaborative team compiled three sets of "playful" instructions to prompt investigations of environmental and historical features of Madison Square Park and its surrounds. The game was inspired, in part, by the French Situationists dérive.


The event was a test - a first step in MM/CaLL's plan to develop a place-based interactive platform to draw players into an exploration along the entire length of Broadway, NY. Participants in the May 3 event were asked for their feedback; their suggestions will inform the next phase of the project's development.


Public Dialogue: The New York City Watershed
Open Engagement, Queens Museum, May 18, 2014
Eve Mosher, Open Engagement, Queens Museum, 2014
At Open Engagement, a conference on socially engaged art, Mary Miss, artist Eve Mosher, architect Elliott Maltby, and environmental engineer Franco
Montalto conducted a workshop on how the arts and design can be employed to build awareness of vital resources; in this case the remarkable New York City watershed. The watershed provides clean, mostly unfiltered water, to the New York Metro region, through cooperative stewardship with upstate communities.


With the expansion of the Queens Museum the 1964 watershed model was restored and put on permanent display. Prior to the May 18th workshop, the group surveyed visitors to the watershed model with questions on local water resources, such as: Where does your water come from? What is your biggest question after looking at the museum's watershed model? Do you have a water story? Responses illuminated the fact that the museum's watershed model could greatly benefit from new forms of public engagement to communicate the import of this precious resource.


Workshop participants were challenged to suggest innovative strategies that could engage viewers more deeply in the NYC Watershed Model and help viewers understand the complexity of water issues. Participants broke into four groups focusing on: water cycles and sources, geography, connected citizens, and infrastructure. Participants included artists, anthropologists, architects, media professionals, curators and arts administrators, yielding a rich array of ideas that are being transcribed and will be returned to the museum for their reference and possible use.

Public Dialogue: Restoring Troubled Water 
Andrew Revkin in Conversation with Mary Miss and Charles Vörösmarty


The world's rivers, streams, and lakes are under increasing stress as a result of climate change, development, and water mismanagement, all of which threaten aquatic biodiversity and the global water supply. In this forum, scientist Charles Vörösmarty will discuss the challenges facing Northeast waterways, followed by environmental artist Mary Miss, who will discuss her many years of work linking art with sustainability to redefine how we use water resources. Environmental writer Andrew Revkin will provide a context for understanding the global crises of water and the ways in which artists and scientists are involved in solving these problems.


Charles Vörösmarty is professor of civil engineering at The City University of New York and director of the CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative. His research focuses on the development of computer models and geospatial data sets used in synthesis studies of the interactions among the water cycle, climate, biogeochemistry, and anthropogenic activities.


Andrew Revkin is a science and environmental writer who has been covering environmental sustainability for more than three decades, primarily for the New York Times. He is the author of the blog Dot Earth and is the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bard Graduate Center


38 West 86th Street, NY 


Register Here 


Grant Awards
National Endowment for the Arts  
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and
Agnes Gund 
MM/CaLL is pleased to announce the receipt of three grants. They are from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Design Arts Program, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF), and Agnes Gund. These grants will be used to support 2014-2015 programs for BROADWAY: 1000 Steps including six CaLL/WALKs this coming fall, the first CaLL WORKSHOP, to be facilitated by Franco Montalto in partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital focused on Harlem, and the commissioning of one or more full-scale PROPOSALS or PROTOTYPES. The grant from the NEA is one of 886 to nonprofit organizations nation-wide.


Funding from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has been pivotal for CaLL. Last year's grant for the CaLL/WALKS as part of Marfa Dialogues/New York (MD/NY) enabled us to begin the process of vetting artist/scientist partnerships in public settings that emphasize place-based experience and citizen engagement. The two-year grant from the RRF will enable CaLL to continue these formative experiments in the spirit of Rauschenberg's legacy to foster "art that can change the world." 


The gift from Agnes Gund will not only provide program support for the WALKS, WORKSHOPS, and PROPOSALS/PROTYPES but will fund a development consultant to assist MM/CaLL in broadening its network of volunteers and contributors.


Mary Miss / City as Living Laboratory has received critical support from: 


  The Greenwich Collection Ltd                     Agnes Gund

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