Thanks to everyone who helped make this incredible and successful exhibition of new and experimental art on Governors Island during the summer of 2008!
Photo image: EMERGENCE
(Glen Einbinder, Mike Estabrook, Brian Higbee, Vandana Jain, Ernest Concepcion, Dormafe Baluyos-Fox, Dorothy Royle)
"The War Show: im/Migration of Species", 2008
Soil, fluorescent light bulbs, seeds, water, and small plastic bags
Site specific installation with various dimensions
Concept: "The main aspect of our project is a "plant war" between native and non-native seedlings of Governors Island. Visitors are encouraging to create a parallel exhibition/war in the natural world of the city. Visitors are advised to "vote" for either the native or the non-native plants by taking the appropriate packet.
Participate: Rows of seed packets are provided to the audience to take and plant them in vacant lots. Depending on the heritage of the seeds inside, the packets will contain either a kraft or a white paper that has instructions on planting the seeds. Underneath each packet is a symbol, adding an element of chance and fun to the participation.