Mary Miss / City as Living Laboratory, Inc.

Art and Science in Indianapolis
September 23, 2015 
A visitor to Holcomb Gardens took a sneak peak at StreamLines. (Photo by Mary Miss)

CALL/City as Living Laboratory announces the launch of StreamLines, a new public project in Indianapolis that includes 5 installations by Mary Miss, on September 24, 2015. 
Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to Butler University Center for Urban
Ecology, StreamLines is a multi-faceted project that fosters science learning through the arts in the public realm. The StreamLines elements are set in diverse communities along five tributaries of the White River. The sculptural interventions are designed to reveal the natural systems and infrastructure that impact the Indianapolis waterways and encourage exploration of the area. Miss' StreamLines installations support interactive aspects of the project including music, dance and poetry, and merge science and the arts to advance the community's understanding and appreciation of the Indianapolis waterways. Throughout the duration of the installations, citizen engagement will be deepened through events such as poetry readings, dance and music performances, and other cross-discipline collaborative programs centered on place-based experience. In the words of Mary Miss, "My goal is to encourage visitors to the sites to explore and see their surroundings in new ways, to draw them into an experience of the urban environment that creates curiosity and proposes the possibility that they can help make the city a better place over time. The realization of StreamLines is a milestone for City as Living Laboratory; it will help us establish a replicable framework for collaborations between artists, scientists and communities to address pressing environmental challenges." More information can be found here.
Save the Date!
October 24 and 25 
Van Cortlandt Park

Join artist and scientist teams for guided walks as they discuss urban sustainability while exploring neighborhoods. This fall WALK leaders will include Garnette Cadogan, Howard Chambers, Bob Braine, Mary Mattingly, and others. 
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 CALL Team News  

Christine Howard Sandoval, Sonar, video still (2015) 
Christina Howard Sandoval, CALL Program Manager, has a two-person show with Leah Raintree, through Oct. 15, 2015, at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, MD. More hereSandoval presents a body of work, (drawings, sculpture, and video,) sited in the southern region of Colorado, where an influx of wildfires have become an increasing threat to expanding urban centers in the area during a prolonged drought that has permanently altered the region's water supply.  

Aaron Asis, In/Out Station, installation view, (2015)
Aaron Asis, CALL graphic designer, has completed new public work in Philadelphia called In/Out Station. The two site-specific installations, one in the North Waiting Room, and the other along the exterior facade, are inspired by the existing architectural landscape of the 30th Street Station. The project was created in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Amtrak. For one-month, In/Out Station invites commuters and station visitors to visually explore the interior and exterior nuances of 30th Street Station. More here. 
Important resources for urban sustainability.

CaLL is committed participating in the global conversation about how to support urban sustainability and foster healthier cities. One resource is The Nature of Cities, a virtual magazine that publishes in-depth essays and discussions devoted to cities as ecosystems of people, buildings, open spaces, and nature. City design that holds nature  
and public open space as a priority is key to urban resilience, sustainability, and livability.

From the roof of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Photo: Victoria Marshall

A recent article by Fall 2014 CaLL WALK leader Timon McPhearson illuminates the potential of small-scale urban spaces to be rich in biodiversity, contribute important ecological benefits for human mental and physical health, and overall help to create more livable cities. "Micro_urban spaces are the sandwich spaces between buildings, rooftops, walls, curbs, sidewalk cracks, and other small-scale urban spaces that exist in the fissures between linear infrastructure (e.g. roads, bridges, tunnels, rail lines) and our three dimensional gridded cities." (More here.) It gives a new perspective to the skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan.


Thank you to our Supporters!
We received the Rockefeller Brothers Grant

FLOW (2014) 
Mary Miss/City As Living Laboratory
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is dedicated to advancing social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. We have been fortunate to receive a grant from this fund to further our projects

CALL receives support from the Agnes Gund Foundation, The Greenwich Collection, NEA, the 
Edward John Noble Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Theatrum Mundi. Please join these champions for art and sustainability. All CALL programs are free to the community. Your donation helps us offer more.
$25 will help support community participation.  
$100 will support an artist/scientist WALK in October.
$500 will contribute to the Fall WORKSHOP.

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