On Sunday July 31st, Chance Ecologies invites you to join them at the Queens Museum for the closing events of the 2016 Queens International biennial. Chance Ecologies is currently participating in a six-week-long residency at the museum’s Studio In The Park program, where they are creating Chance Ecologies: Flushing River.
3pm – Reclaimed Ground screening at Queens International
Join Chance Ecologies artist Nate Dorr and curator Nathan Kensinger at the Queens Museum for the closing events of the 2016 Queens International biennial, where they will be participating in A Frame Apart, the biennial’s short film program. At 3pm, the museum will host a screening which will include Reclaimed Ground – a short documentary created by Dorr and Kensinger. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and afterwards, Chance Ecologies invites all attendees to join them at the Studio in the Park for continued discussion and refreshments.
Reclaimed Ground is the first chapter in an ongoing documentation of the transformation of Hunter’s Point South, Queens, capturing the final season of this unique post-industrial landscape, where 30 acres of land had been left abandoned by the city, becoming an overgrown simulacrum of nature. Hidden in the brush, artifacts and debris hint at its history as a landfill, where marshlands were covered with rubble to create grounds for successive waves of industry. In the summer of 2015, the arts group Chance Ecologies invited 20 international artists to explore, celebrate and commemorate this unique space, before its impending demolition. Their actions included an archaeological dig, site specific sculptural installations, and the creation of a seed library, cataloging the many plant species that called this place home. The wilderness of Hunter’s Point is now gone, to be replaced with apartment towers and a more formal parkland, but the work of Chance Ecologies continues, and will be exhibited at the Queens Museum in October 2016.