Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint | ecoarttech – basecamp.exe (Session 3)
Event on 2012-10-18 16:00:00
basecamp.exe is an urban campsite in update and an ongoing participatory lab for hikers exploring the wilderness of NYC’s Village neighborhood. A meeting place, a platform for dialogue, and a recharging station, basecamp.exe invites participants to contribute to its development through interactive observation and study of the diverse ecological landscape of twenty-first century life. For the duration of their weeklong workshop, ecoarttech founders, Leila and Cary, will facilitate daily excursions into the environment surrounding the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center with their mobile app Indeterminate Hikes+ (IH+), available on Android/iPhone. Rather than define nature or dictate a predetermined trail, IH+ cultivates environmental imagination un-hierarchically. The app imports the rhetoric of wilderness everywhere, encouraging its users to treat often disregarded spaces with the attention we usually grant “natural” wonders—so that a city sidewalk may become a site of bio-cultural diversity and wild happenings. Moving from the gallery into the street and back again, hiker-participants will collect unexpected eco-data—digital artifacts, natural debris, and industrial rubble—and integrate them into basecamp.exe’s evolving design. The result will be a collaboratively built exploratory outpost of wild urban bio-cultural diversity, an aesthetic gesture toward a new language for landscape between the country and the city in a post-natural world. Like all ecoarttech works, basecamp.exe merges traditional and emerging networked technologies to stage experiences that disrupt and expand the concept of wilderness, cross-pollinating ecological elements from sparsely populated backcountry environs to densely packed cities. Space limited to 20 ppl.
at Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design
2 West Thirteenth Street
New York, United States