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08 / 20
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

The Berwick’s AIR Program is setting up shop for ONE EVENING ONLY at the Mills Gallery on Wednesday, August 20th.  The gallery is providing Artist in Research, Jesse Kaminsky, a public space to present his site-specific works-in-progress. Please join us between 7-8:30pm to see what we have been up to! I apologize for the very short notice. This opportunity presented itself very recently and we couldn’t pass it up!

At the AIR Program, Jesse is exploring the way we understand and construct space using perception, memory and desire. Our human bodies are constantly gathering clues to piece together a navigable model of the world. There are similarities to the outer, physical world but our model is not an exact match. There is a huge amount of information that goes unnoticed by our physical sensory apparatus. The work at the Mills will attempt to undermine our reductive tendencies and to draw unexpected relationships between physical stimuli. Please keep in mind that the work in the gallery is work-in-progress. 

For more information on the work Jesse has been doing with the AIR Program please visit his Berwick blog (insert link) pages as well as his personal website (www.jessekaminsky.com ).

08 / 21
08 / 22
08 / 23
08 / 24
08 / 25
08 / 26
08 / 27
08 / 28
(all day)
Start: Aug 28 2008 - 11:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 15:30

The Berwick joins the Island Alliance and Studio Soto in the 2nd Annual Artist Encampment, a  "homesteading" experience on a Boston
Harbor Island
this Labor Day weekend.

 

DATE:  August 28 -  September 1, 2008

WHERE: Bumpkin
Island, Boston Harbor Islands

PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACCEPTED THRU JULY 9TH.  TO FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

The Berwick Research Institute is pleased to announce the Second Annual Boston Harbor Art Encampment, August 28 - September 1, 2008. 
Starting Thursday, August 28, six artists or artist collectives will each receive one plot of prime, arable land in the middle of Boston Harbor. As island “homesteaders” during the following five days, they will:

* Build a temporary shelter on the land

* Live on the land for at least four nights, and

* Improve the land via a site-specific project or performance.

 

The public is
invited to observe the works-in-progress on Saturday August 30th, with Public Visitation days on Sunday August 31st and Monday September 1st. 

To learn more how you can lend your skills to the project as a volunteer (both during the build-up and over Labor Day weekend), please visit the Berwick Contact Page.  

 

Acting as temporary "homesteaders," artists will
explore and transform an empty plot of land (their campsite) into a resource
sustaining themselves and their community. Their works will pay tribute to the
island's past inhabitants, highlight the Island's
natural resources, and engage the public as performer, apprentice, student, and
honored guest. Projects include temporary shelters, shrines, musical
instruments, performance, video and electronic art, and sculpture.

  


Featured 2007 projects included:

 

Kristjan Varnik- Giant Sand Bass - An interactive instrument
that transformed the natural resources of Bumpkin island into a huge musical
instrument over eight feet tall providing the opportunity for multiple people
to play it at once.

 

Madhu Kaza - Islet: (Hospitality) - An interactive
performance that served as an exploration of how ritual and politeness mediate the
fragile boundaries between public and personal space.

 

Joshua Rosenstock, Sarah Phillips, Jonah Goldstein, Jessica
Baptista, and Marilyn Fontenrose - 
Untitled - Visitors were recruited to join scavenging parties and
help assemble a bestiary of feral farm animals. 

 

Else Eaton, Marybeth Mungovan, Tiffany Dumont, Ryan Riehle,
Rory Jackson Untitled - Shells, fossils, rocks, and trash from the island were incorporated into a dwelling/functional community gathering
place/performance space with instruments made from found materials.

 

Alison Wood, Sven Anderson, Dana Moore, Vanessa Wood - Oasis
of Conscious Stillness - Within the thatched tipi made of fallen timber,
invasive brush species, dried grasses, twisted branches and curling vines
people paused and absorbed the natural, historical, social, and artistic
energy pervading the island. Visitors also joined in breathing,
movement and meditation practices on Labor Day Sunday.

 

For documentation of the 2007 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment, please visit www.wooloo.org/BumpkinIslandLandOffice


The 2008 Art Encampment is one of two projects supported by the Berwick Research Institute's Special Projects Incubator program. In addition, this event is co-presented by Studio Soto, an artist
performance/screening/exhibit space in Fort Point and the Island Alliance , a non-profit in
support of the Boston Harbor
Islands. 

  

 


 

 

 

 

08 / 29
(all day)
Start: Aug 28 2008 - 11:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 15:30

The Berwick joins the Island Alliance and Studio Soto in the 2nd Annual Artist Encampment, a  "homesteading" experience on a Boston
Harbor Island
this Labor Day weekend.

 

DATE:  August 28 -  September 1, 2008

WHERE: Bumpkin
Island, Boston Harbor Islands

PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACCEPTED THRU JULY 9TH.  TO FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

The Berwick Research Institute is pleased to announce the Second Annual Boston Harbor Art Encampment, August 28 - September 1, 2008. 
Starting Thursday, August 28, six artists or artist collectives will each receive one plot of prime, arable land in the middle of Boston Harbor. As island “homesteaders” during the following five days, they will:

* Build a temporary shelter on the land

* Live on the land for at least four nights, and

* Improve the land via a site-specific project or performance.

 

The public is
invited to observe the works-in-progress on Saturday August 30th, with Public Visitation days on Sunday August 31st and Monday September 1st. 

To learn more how you can lend your skills to the project as a volunteer (both during the build-up and over Labor Day weekend), please visit the Berwick Contact Page.  

 

Acting as temporary "homesteaders," artists will
explore and transform an empty plot of land (their campsite) into a resource
sustaining themselves and their community. Their works will pay tribute to the
island's past inhabitants, highlight the Island's
natural resources, and engage the public as performer, apprentice, student, and
honored guest. Projects include temporary shelters, shrines, musical
instruments, performance, video and electronic art, and sculpture.

  


Featured 2007 projects included:

 

Kristjan Varnik- Giant Sand Bass - An interactive instrument
that transformed the natural resources of Bumpkin island into a huge musical
instrument over eight feet tall providing the opportunity for multiple people
to play it at once.

 

Madhu Kaza - Islet: (Hospitality) - An interactive
performance that served as an exploration of how ritual and politeness mediate the
fragile boundaries between public and personal space.

 

Joshua Rosenstock, Sarah Phillips, Jonah Goldstein, Jessica
Baptista, and Marilyn Fontenrose - 
Untitled - Visitors were recruited to join scavenging parties and
help assemble a bestiary of feral farm animals. 

 

Else Eaton, Marybeth Mungovan, Tiffany Dumont, Ryan Riehle,
Rory Jackson Untitled - Shells, fossils, rocks, and trash from the island were incorporated into a dwelling/functional community gathering
place/performance space with instruments made from found materials.

 

Alison Wood, Sven Anderson, Dana Moore, Vanessa Wood - Oasis
of Conscious Stillness - Within the thatched tipi made of fallen timber,
invasive brush species, dried grasses, twisted branches and curling vines
people paused and absorbed the natural, historical, social, and artistic
energy pervading the island. Visitors also joined in breathing,
movement and meditation practices on Labor Day Sunday.

 

For documentation of the 2007 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment, please visit www.wooloo.org/BumpkinIslandLandOffice


The 2008 Art Encampment is one of two projects supported by the Berwick Research Institute's Special Projects Incubator program. In addition, this event is co-presented by Studio Soto, an artist
performance/screening/exhibit space in Fort Point and the Island Alliance , a non-profit in
support of the Boston Harbor
Islands. 

  

 


 

 

 

 

08 / 30
(all day)
Start: Aug 28 2008 - 11:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 15:30

The Berwick joins the Island Alliance and Studio Soto in the 2nd Annual Artist Encampment, a  "homesteading" experience on a Boston
Harbor Island
this Labor Day weekend.

 

DATE:  August 28 -  September 1, 2008

WHERE: Bumpkin
Island, Boston Harbor Islands

PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACCEPTED THRU JULY 9TH.  TO FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

The Berwick Research Institute is pleased to announce the Second Annual Boston Harbor Art Encampment, August 28 - September 1, 2008. 
Starting Thursday, August 28, six artists or artist collectives will each receive one plot of prime, arable land in the middle of Boston Harbor. As island “homesteaders” during the following five days, they will:

* Build a temporary shelter on the land

* Live on the land for at least four nights, and

* Improve the land via a site-specific project or performance.

 

The public is
invited to observe the works-in-progress on Saturday August 30th, with Public Visitation days on Sunday August 31st and Monday September 1st. 

To learn more how you can lend your skills to the project as a volunteer (both during the build-up and over Labor Day weekend), please visit the Berwick Contact Page.  

 

Acting as temporary "homesteaders," artists will
explore and transform an empty plot of land (their campsite) into a resource
sustaining themselves and their community. Their works will pay tribute to the
island's past inhabitants, highlight the Island's
natural resources, and engage the public as performer, apprentice, student, and
honored guest. Projects include temporary shelters, shrines, musical
instruments, performance, video and electronic art, and sculpture.

  


Featured 2007 projects included:

 

Kristjan Varnik- Giant Sand Bass - An interactive instrument
that transformed the natural resources of Bumpkin island into a huge musical
instrument over eight feet tall providing the opportunity for multiple people
to play it at once.

 

Madhu Kaza - Islet: (Hospitality) - An interactive
performance that served as an exploration of how ritual and politeness mediate the
fragile boundaries between public and personal space.

 

Joshua Rosenstock, Sarah Phillips, Jonah Goldstein, Jessica
Baptista, and Marilyn Fontenrose - 
Untitled - Visitors were recruited to join scavenging parties and
help assemble a bestiary of feral farm animals. 

 

Else Eaton, Marybeth Mungovan, Tiffany Dumont, Ryan Riehle,
Rory Jackson Untitled - Shells, fossils, rocks, and trash from the island were incorporated into a dwelling/functional community gathering
place/performance space with instruments made from found materials.

 

Alison Wood, Sven Anderson, Dana Moore, Vanessa Wood - Oasis
of Conscious Stillness - Within the thatched tipi made of fallen timber,
invasive brush species, dried grasses, twisted branches and curling vines
people paused and absorbed the natural, historical, social, and artistic
energy pervading the island. Visitors also joined in breathing,
movement and meditation practices on Labor Day Sunday.

 

For documentation of the 2007 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment, please visit www.wooloo.org/BumpkinIslandLandOffice


The 2008 Art Encampment is one of two projects supported by the Berwick Research Institute's Special Projects Incubator program. In addition, this event is co-presented by Studio Soto, an artist
performance/screening/exhibit space in Fort Point and the Island Alliance , a non-profit in
support of the Boston Harbor
Islands. 

  

 


 

 

 

 

(all day)
Start: Aug 30 2008 - 10:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 16:30

The Berwick Research Institute and Studio Soto, in partnership with the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), invites the public, free of charge, to view and participate in a unique art experiment in the Boston Harbor Islands national park area this weekend.

SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 10am - 4:30pm: Works-in-progress day
SUNDAY, AUG. 31 - MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 10am - 4:30pm: Public viewing days

Using the metaphor of homesteading as a point of departure, 40 artists in ten groups will embark on new artistic and geographic terrain. With only the materials they can carry on their backs and a short 5-day window of time, the artists will adapt ambitious projects to the challenges and opportunities of an island environment.

Part residency, part survivalist experiment, and fully impressionable, malleable, speculative and reflective, the Encampment allows artists to explore new possibilities, removed from the distractions and discourses of the mainland. Yet, like an explorer with a partially drawn map to be fully formed in expedition, the project presents itself as a microcosm of transparent, possible attributes and actions for a culture stripped bare and invented anew.
Join the experiment. ARTISTS AND PROJECTS INCLUDE:

Astrodime Transit Authority - Bebe Beard, John Gayle, Ali Horeanopoulos, Mary Ann Kearns and Sam Smiley – Using tin can phones and a dose of entrepreneurial moxie, the Astrodime Transit Authority will use strategically placed high-tech tin can phones to enable intra-island communication. At low tide, President Buchanan and Queen Victoria will be on hand to commemorate the 150th year of the first attempt to lay the Transatlantic Cable with Bumpkin Island’s very first mainland-island communications system.

The Camoufleurs -Hanna Rose Shell and Dan Hisel - Drawing on artisanal weaving techniques, military concealment strategies, and bird nesting practices, the camoufleurs will transform their land, and its particular human and natural ecology, into a camouflaged homestead environment. Then creating mixed-media concealment cloaks, they will navigate the island, seen and unseen.

Leave one for your ancestors, one for your children, and take one -Tiffany Dumont, Else Eaton, Raymond Garrett, Rory Jackson – Artists will forage island materials to create three interactive,
multimedia installations based on past, present and future, based on the old harvester’s adage “leave one for your ancestors, one for your children, and take one.” Artists will encourage visitors to add to the pieces, forage responsibly, and participate in performance.

New England Expeditionary Alliance Dedalus Wainwright, Bryan Long, Michael D. Andelman and Jeff Cleary – Through a scientific mission that will map Bumpkin’s metaphorical, literal, and sensual parameters, Alliance members will lead expeditions, generate hypotheses, establish a
classification system, create analysis, and give creative daily public lectures on their findings.

Shore Wind Organ - Jason Sanford – Using handmade wooden organ pipes and whistles, the artist will create a responsive musical instrument activated by island winds and visitor interaction.

The Honorable Bumpkin Island Company Jack McGrath & Jane Van Cleef - Armed with a charter granting them the right to establish a trading post on Bumpkin, HBIC will purvey vital, excellent goods to homesteaders and visitors, bolstering the new island economy, creating a new currency exchange, and exploring the practice of shopping.

Survival Kit -Gabe Moylan & Rachel Roberts – Using only the UNICEF survival kit provided to international earthquake and hurricane victims, artists will supplement food rations with wild edibles, create a shelter, recreate family photos with found objects, and explore the more spiritual things lost through large-scale natural disasters.

Spirits in the House: Then & Now-Sharon Haggins Dunn - Using natural materials such as sand and mud, the artist will create a pinhole camera, which will illustrate change and continuity of natural and human forces over time.

Stone House, Urban City - Wenxiong Lin, Lynn Lee, Jens Stenger, Annie Wilker - Juxtaposing two themes of time (history and modernity; reality and romanticism), the artists will create a model urban city in the stone farmhouse ruins, and frame windows of the naval mess hall ruins with brightly colored curtains.  

Tactilist Theatre - Erik Conrad – Arranging island objects arranged according to tactile values and narratives, the artist, in the role of baroque showman, will set up a sideshow-style tent to perform "poems told by touch."
SPECIAL EVENTS
On Sunday and Monday at 12:30pm, visitors are invited to bring their packed lunches to MEET ME AT THE BLANKET, a participatory potluck for curators, artists and island newcomers to meet and discuss utopia, dystopia and the nature of public art on an island within sight of the Boston skyline.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
From Boston Long Wharf (next to the Marriott, adjacent to Christopher Columbus Park)
- Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle
- Departs Long Wharf every hour, on the hour, starting at 9:00 am.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 1:45, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35
- Return boats from George’s Island to Long Wharf leave every hour on the half hour, last boat is at 5:30

From Quincy, Fore River Shipyard
- Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle
- Departs Quincy Monday – Friday 9:10, 11:15, overnight campers may take the 1:10 or 1:45 boats; Saturday - Sunday 9:20, 9:50, 11:00, 11:30, overnight campers may take the 1:20, 2:05, or 3:15 boats.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35
- Return boats from George’s Island to Quincy depart Monday – Friday 9:35, 11:40, 2:20 or 2:55; Saturday – Sunday 9:45, 10:15, 11:25, 12:55, 2:45, 3:25, 4:40, 5:15, 6:10

From Hingham Shipyard
- Boat goes directly to Bumpkin
- Departures at 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20pm, overnight campers may take the 5:00pm boat
- Return boats are at 11:05am, 1:45pm or 4:25pm
- Boats also run to Hingham from Rowes Wharf, which is accessible by MBTA subway.

From Hull, Pemberton Point
- Boat goes directly to Bumpkin
- Departures at 9:55am, 12:35am, overnight campers may take the 4:05pm boat
- Return boats are at 12:15am or 2:55pm

Admission to the park is FREE. Ferry fares: Adult $14.00, Senior (65+) $10.00, Children (3-11) $8.00, Children under 3 free, Family 4-Pack $42.00. Inter-Island Shuttle is $3.00. For more information and for ferry schedules see www.harborexpress.com.

The 2008 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment is presented by the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, a non-profit in support of the Boston Harbor Islands; the Special Projects Incubator of the Berwick Research Institute, a non-profit which provides alternative programming and exhibition space for artists who work outside the commercial world and is funded by the LEF foundation; and Studio Soto, an artist-run performance/screening/exhibit space for ideas in Fort Point; and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

The Bumpkin Island Art Encampment is curated by Megan Dickerson, Carolyn Lewenberg and Jed Speare.

08 / 31
(all day)
Start: Aug 28 2008 - 11:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 15:30

The Berwick joins the Island Alliance and Studio Soto in the 2nd Annual Artist Encampment, a  "homesteading" experience on a Boston
Harbor Island
this Labor Day weekend.

 

DATE:  August 28 -  September 1, 2008

WHERE: Bumpkin
Island, Boston Harbor Islands

PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACCEPTED THRU JULY 9TH.  TO FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

The Berwick Research Institute is pleased to announce the Second Annual Boston Harbor Art Encampment, August 28 - September 1, 2008. 
Starting Thursday, August 28, six artists or artist collectives will each receive one plot of prime, arable land in the middle of Boston Harbor. As island “homesteaders” during the following five days, they will:

* Build a temporary shelter on the land

* Live on the land for at least four nights, and

* Improve the land via a site-specific project or performance.

 

The public is
invited to observe the works-in-progress on Saturday August 30th, with Public Visitation days on Sunday August 31st and Monday September 1st. 

To learn more how you can lend your skills to the project as a volunteer (both during the build-up and over Labor Day weekend), please visit the Berwick Contact Page.  

 

Acting as temporary "homesteaders," artists will
explore and transform an empty plot of land (their campsite) into a resource
sustaining themselves and their community. Their works will pay tribute to the
island's past inhabitants, highlight the Island's
natural resources, and engage the public as performer, apprentice, student, and
honored guest. Projects include temporary shelters, shrines, musical
instruments, performance, video and electronic art, and sculpture.

  


Featured 2007 projects included:

 

Kristjan Varnik- Giant Sand Bass - An interactive instrument
that transformed the natural resources of Bumpkin island into a huge musical
instrument over eight feet tall providing the opportunity for multiple people
to play it at once.

 

Madhu Kaza - Islet: (Hospitality) - An interactive
performance that served as an exploration of how ritual and politeness mediate the
fragile boundaries between public and personal space.

 

Joshua Rosenstock, Sarah Phillips, Jonah Goldstein, Jessica
Baptista, and Marilyn Fontenrose - 
Untitled - Visitors were recruited to join scavenging parties and
help assemble a bestiary of feral farm animals. 

 

Else Eaton, Marybeth Mungovan, Tiffany Dumont, Ryan Riehle,
Rory Jackson Untitled - Shells, fossils, rocks, and trash from the island were incorporated into a dwelling/functional community gathering
place/performance space with instruments made from found materials.

 

Alison Wood, Sven Anderson, Dana Moore, Vanessa Wood - Oasis
of Conscious Stillness - Within the thatched tipi made of fallen timber,
invasive brush species, dried grasses, twisted branches and curling vines
people paused and absorbed the natural, historical, social, and artistic
energy pervading the island. Visitors also joined in breathing,
movement and meditation practices on Labor Day Sunday.

 

For documentation of the 2007 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment, please visit www.wooloo.org/BumpkinIslandLandOffice


The 2008 Art Encampment is one of two projects supported by the Berwick Research Institute's Special Projects Incubator program. In addition, this event is co-presented by Studio Soto, an artist
performance/screening/exhibit space in Fort Point and the Island Alliance , a non-profit in
support of the Boston Harbor
Islands. 

  

 


 

 

 

 

(all day)
Start: Aug 30 2008 - 10:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 16:30

The Berwick Research Institute and Studio Soto, in partnership with the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), invites the public, free of charge, to view and participate in a unique art experiment in the Boston Harbor Islands national park area this weekend.

SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 10am - 4:30pm: Works-in-progress day
SUNDAY, AUG. 31 - MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 10am - 4:30pm: Public viewing days

Using the metaphor of homesteading as a point of departure, 40 artists in ten groups will embark on new artistic and geographic terrain. With only the materials they can carry on their backs and a short 5-day window of time, the artists will adapt ambitious projects to the challenges and opportunities of an island environment.

Part residency, part survivalist experiment, and fully impressionable, malleable, speculative and reflective, the Encampment allows artists to explore new possibilities, removed from the distractions and discourses of the mainland. Yet, like an explorer with a partially drawn map to be fully formed in expedition, the project presents itself as a microcosm of transparent, possible attributes and actions for a culture stripped bare and invented anew.
Join the experiment. ARTISTS AND PROJECTS INCLUDE:

Astrodime Transit Authority - Bebe Beard, John Gayle, Ali Horeanopoulos, Mary Ann Kearns and Sam Smiley – Using tin can phones and a dose of entrepreneurial moxie, the Astrodime Transit Authority will use strategically placed high-tech tin can phones to enable intra-island communication. At low tide, President Buchanan and Queen Victoria will be on hand to commemorate the 150th year of the first attempt to lay the Transatlantic Cable with Bumpkin Island’s very first mainland-island communications system.

The Camoufleurs -Hanna Rose Shell and Dan Hisel - Drawing on artisanal weaving techniques, military concealment strategies, and bird nesting practices, the camoufleurs will transform their land, and its particular human and natural ecology, into a camouflaged homestead environment. Then creating mixed-media concealment cloaks, they will navigate the island, seen and unseen.

Leave one for your ancestors, one for your children, and take one -Tiffany Dumont, Else Eaton, Raymond Garrett, Rory Jackson – Artists will forage island materials to create three interactive,
multimedia installations based on past, present and future, based on the old harvester’s adage “leave one for your ancestors, one for your children, and take one.” Artists will encourage visitors to add to the pieces, forage responsibly, and participate in performance.

New England Expeditionary Alliance Dedalus Wainwright, Bryan Long, Michael D. Andelman and Jeff Cleary – Through a scientific mission that will map Bumpkin’s metaphorical, literal, and sensual parameters, Alliance members will lead expeditions, generate hypotheses, establish a
classification system, create analysis, and give creative daily public lectures on their findings.

Shore Wind Organ - Jason Sanford – Using handmade wooden organ pipes and whistles, the artist will create a responsive musical instrument activated by island winds and visitor interaction.

The Honorable Bumpkin Island Company Jack McGrath & Jane Van Cleef - Armed with a charter granting them the right to establish a trading post on Bumpkin, HBIC will purvey vital, excellent goods to homesteaders and visitors, bolstering the new island economy, creating a new currency exchange, and exploring the practice of shopping.

Survival Kit -Gabe Moylan & Rachel Roberts – Using only the UNICEF survival kit provided to international earthquake and hurricane victims, artists will supplement food rations with wild edibles, create a shelter, recreate family photos with found objects, and explore the more spiritual things lost through large-scale natural disasters.

Spirits in the House: Then & Now-Sharon Haggins Dunn - Using natural materials such as sand and mud, the artist will create a pinhole camera, which will illustrate change and continuity of natural and human forces over time.

Stone House, Urban City - Wenxiong Lin, Lynn Lee, Jens Stenger, Annie Wilker - Juxtaposing two themes of time (history and modernity; reality and romanticism), the artists will create a model urban city in the stone farmhouse ruins, and frame windows of the naval mess hall ruins with brightly colored curtains.  

Tactilist Theatre - Erik Conrad – Arranging island objects arranged according to tactile values and narratives, the artist, in the role of baroque showman, will set up a sideshow-style tent to perform "poems told by touch."
SPECIAL EVENTS
On Sunday and Monday at 12:30pm, visitors are invited to bring their packed lunches to MEET ME AT THE BLANKET, a participatory potluck for curators, artists and island newcomers to meet and discuss utopia, dystopia and the nature of public art on an island within sight of the Boston skyline.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
From Boston Long Wharf (next to the Marriott, adjacent to Christopher Columbus Park)
- Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle
- Departs Long Wharf every hour, on the hour, starting at 9:00 am.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 1:45, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35
- Return boats from George’s Island to Long Wharf leave every hour on the half hour, last boat is at 5:30

From Quincy, Fore River Shipyard
- Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle
- Departs Quincy Monday – Friday 9:10, 11:15, overnight campers may take the 1:10 or 1:45 boats; Saturday - Sunday 9:20, 9:50, 11:00, 11:30, overnight campers may take the 1:20, 2:05, or 3:15 boats.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35
- Return boats from George’s Island to Quincy depart Monday – Friday 9:35, 11:40, 2:20 or 2:55; Saturday – Sunday 9:45, 10:15, 11:25, 12:55, 2:45, 3:25, 4:40, 5:15, 6:10

From Hingham Shipyard
- Boat goes directly to Bumpkin
- Departures at 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20pm, overnight campers may take the 5:00pm boat
- Return boats are at 11:05am, 1:45pm or 4:25pm
- Boats also run to Hingham from Rowes Wharf, which is accessible by MBTA subway.

From Hull, Pemberton Point
- Boat goes directly to Bumpkin
- Departures at 9:55am, 12:35am, overnight campers may take the 4:05pm boat
- Return boats are at 12:15am or 2:55pm

Admission to the park is FREE. Ferry fares: Adult $14.00, Senior (65+) $10.00, Children (3-11) $8.00, Children under 3 free, Family 4-Pack $42.00. Inter-Island Shuttle is $3.00. For more information and for ferry schedules see www.harborexpress.com.

The 2008 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment is presented by the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, a non-profit in support of the Boston Harbor Islands; the Special Projects Incubator of the Berwick Research Institute, a non-profit which provides alternative programming and exhibition space for artists who work outside the commercial world and is funded by the LEF foundation; and Studio Soto, an artist-run performance/screening/exhibit space for ideas in Fort Point; and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

The Bumpkin Island Art Encampment is curated by Megan Dickerson, Carolyn Lewenberg and Jed Speare.

09 / 1
End: 3:30 pm
Start: Aug 28 2008 - 11:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 15:30

The Berwick joins the Island Alliance and Studio Soto in the 2nd Annual Artist Encampment, a  "homesteading" experience on a Boston
Harbor Island
this Labor Day weekend.

 

DATE:  August 28 -  September 1, 2008

WHERE: Bumpkin
Island, Boston Harbor Islands

PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACCEPTED THRU JULY 9TH.  TO FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

The Berwick Research Institute is pleased to announce the Second Annual Boston Harbor Art Encampment, August 28 - September 1, 2008. 
Starting Thursday, August 28, six artists or artist collectives will each receive one plot of prime, arable land in the middle of Boston Harbor. As island “homesteaders” during the following five days, they will:

* Build a temporary shelter on the land

* Live on the land for at least four nights, and

* Improve the land via a site-specific project or performance.

 

The public is
invited to observe the works-in-progress on Saturday August 30th, with Public Visitation days on Sunday August 31st and Monday September 1st. 

To learn more how you can lend your skills to the project as a volunteer (both during the build-up and over Labor Day weekend), please visit the Berwick Contact Page.  

 

Acting as temporary "homesteaders," artists will
explore and transform an empty plot of land (their campsite) into a resource
sustaining themselves and their community. Their works will pay tribute to the
island's past inhabitants, highlight the Island's
natural resources, and engage the public as performer, apprentice, student, and
honored guest. Projects include temporary shelters, shrines, musical
instruments, performance, video and electronic art, and sculpture.

  


Featured 2007 projects included:

 

Kristjan Varnik- Giant Sand Bass - An interactive instrument
that transformed the natural resources of Bumpkin island into a huge musical
instrument over eight feet tall providing the opportunity for multiple people
to play it at once.

 

Madhu Kaza - Islet: (Hospitality) - An interactive
performance that served as an exploration of how ritual and politeness mediate the
fragile boundaries between public and personal space.

 

Joshua Rosenstock, Sarah Phillips, Jonah Goldstein, Jessica
Baptista, and Marilyn Fontenrose - 
Untitled - Visitors were recruited to join scavenging parties and
help assemble a bestiary of feral farm animals. 

 

Else Eaton, Marybeth Mungovan, Tiffany Dumont, Ryan Riehle,
Rory Jackson Untitled - Shells, fossils, rocks, and trash from the island were incorporated into a dwelling/functional community gathering
place/performance space with instruments made from found materials.

 

Alison Wood, Sven Anderson, Dana Moore, Vanessa Wood - Oasis
of Conscious Stillness - Within the thatched tipi made of fallen timber,
invasive brush species, dried grasses, twisted branches and curling vines
people paused and absorbed the natural, historical, social, and artistic
energy pervading the island. Visitors also joined in breathing,
movement and meditation practices on Labor Day Sunday.

 

For documentation of the 2007 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment, please visit www.wooloo.org/BumpkinIslandLandOffice


The 2008 Art Encampment is one of two projects supported by the Berwick Research Institute's Special Projects Incubator program. In addition, this event is co-presented by Studio Soto, an artist
performance/screening/exhibit space in Fort Point and the Island Alliance , a non-profit in
support of the Boston Harbor
Islands. 

  

 


 

 

 

 

End: 4:30 pm
Start: Aug 30 2008 - 10:00
End: Sep 1 2008 - 16:30

The Berwick Research Institute and Studio Soto, in partnership with the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), invites the public, free of charge, to view and participate in a unique art experiment in the Boston Harbor Islands national park area this weekend.

SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 10am - 4:30pm: Works-in-progress day
SUNDAY, AUG. 31 - MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 10am - 4:30pm: Public viewing days

Using the metaphor of homesteading as a point of departure, 40 artists in ten groups will embark on new artistic and geographic terrain. With only the materials they can carry on their backs and a short 5-day window of time, the artists will adapt ambitious projects to the challenges and opportunities of an island environment.

Part residency, part survivalist experiment, and fully impressionable, malleable, speculative and reflective, the Encampment allows artists to explore new possibilities, removed from the distractions and discourses of the mainland. Yet, like an explorer with a partially drawn map to be fully formed in expedition, the project presents itself as a microcosm of transparent, possible attributes and actions for a culture stripped bare and invented anew.
Join the experiment. ARTISTS AND PROJECTS INCLUDE:

Astrodime Transit Authority - Bebe Beard, John Gayle, Ali Horeanopoulos, Mary Ann Kearns and Sam Smiley – Using tin can phones and a dose of entrepreneurial moxie, the Astrodime Transit Authority will use strategically placed high-tech tin can phones to enable intra-island communication. At low tide, President Buchanan and Queen Victoria will be on hand to commemorate the 150th year of the first attempt to lay the Transatlantic Cable with Bumpkin Island’s very first mainland-island communications system.

The Camoufleurs -Hanna Rose Shell and Dan Hisel - Drawing on artisanal weaving techniques, military concealment strategies, and bird nesting practices, the camoufleurs will transform their land, and its particular human and natural ecology, into a camouflaged homestead environment. Then creating mixed-media concealment cloaks, they will navigate the island, seen and unseen.

Leave one for your ancestors, one for your children, and take one -Tiffany Dumont, Else Eaton, Raymond Garrett, Rory Jackson – Artists will forage island materials to create three interactive,
multimedia installations based on past, present and future, based on the old harvester’s adage “leave one for your ancestors, one for your children, and take one.” Artists will encourage visitors to add to the pieces, forage responsibly, and participate in performance.

New England Expeditionary Alliance Dedalus Wainwright, Bryan Long, Michael D. Andelman and Jeff Cleary – Through a scientific mission that will map Bumpkin’s metaphorical, literal, and sensual parameters, Alliance members will lead expeditions, generate hypotheses, establish a
classification system, create analysis, and give creative daily public lectures on their findings.

Shore Wind Organ - Jason Sanford – Using handmade wooden organ pipes and whistles, the artist will create a responsive musical instrument activated by island winds and visitor interaction.

The Honorable Bumpkin Island Company Jack McGrath & Jane Van Cleef - Armed with a charter granting them the right to establish a trading post on Bumpkin, HBIC will purvey vital, excellent goods to homesteaders and visitors, bolstering the new island economy, creating a new currency exchange, and exploring the practice of shopping.

Survival Kit -Gabe Moylan & Rachel Roberts – Using only the UNICEF survival kit provided to international earthquake and hurricane victims, artists will supplement food rations with wild edibles, create a shelter, recreate family photos with found objects, and explore the more spiritual things lost through large-scale natural disasters.

Spirits in the House: Then & Now-Sharon Haggins Dunn - Using natural materials such as sand and mud, the artist will create a pinhole camera, which will illustrate change and continuity of natural and human forces over time.

Stone House, Urban City - Wenxiong Lin, Lynn Lee, Jens Stenger, Annie Wilker - Juxtaposing two themes of time (history and modernity; reality and romanticism), the artists will create a model urban city in the stone farmhouse ruins, and frame windows of the naval mess hall ruins with brightly colored curtains.  

Tactilist Theatre - Erik Conrad – Arranging island objects arranged according to tactile values and narratives, the artist, in the role of baroque showman, will set up a sideshow-style tent to perform "poems told by touch."
SPECIAL EVENTS
On Sunday and Monday at 12:30pm, visitors are invited to bring their packed lunches to MEET ME AT THE BLANKET, a participatory potluck for curators, artists and island newcomers to meet and discuss utopia, dystopia and the nature of public art on an island within sight of the Boston skyline.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
From Boston Long Wharf (next to the Marriott, adjacent to Christopher Columbus Park)
- Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle
- Departs Long Wharf every hour, on the hour, starting at 9:00 am.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 1:45, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35
- Return boats from George’s Island to Long Wharf leave every hour on the half hour, last boat is at 5:30

From Quincy, Fore River Shipyard
- Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle
- Departs Quincy Monday – Friday 9:10, 11:15, overnight campers may take the 1:10 or 1:45 boats; Saturday - Sunday 9:20, 9:50, 11:00, 11:30, overnight campers may take the 1:20, 2:05, or 3:15 boats.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.
- Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35
- Return boats from George’s Island to Quincy depart Monday – Friday 9:35, 11:40, 2:20 or 2:55; Saturday – Sunday 9:45, 10:15, 11:25, 12:55, 2:45, 3:25, 4:40, 5:15, 6:10

From Hingham Shipyard
- Boat goes directly to Bumpkin
- Departures at 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20pm, overnight campers may take the 5:00pm boat
- Return boats are at 11:05am, 1:45pm or 4:25pm
- Boats also run to Hingham from Rowes Wharf, which is accessible by MBTA subway.

From Hull, Pemberton Point
- Boat goes directly to Bumpkin
- Departures at 9:55am, 12:35am, overnight campers may take the 4:05pm boat
- Return boats are at 12:15am or 2:55pm

Admission to the park is FREE. Ferry fares: Adult $14.00, Senior (65+) $10.00, Children (3-11) $8.00, Children under 3 free, Family 4-Pack $42.00. Inter-Island Shuttle is $3.00. For more information and for ferry schedules see www.harborexpress.com.

The 2008 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment is presented by the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, a non-profit in support of the Boston Harbor Islands; the Special Projects Incubator of the Berwick Research Institute, a non-profit which provides alternative programming and exhibition space for artists who work outside the commercial world and is funded by the LEF foundation; and Studio Soto, an artist-run performance/screening/exhibit space for ideas in Fort Point; and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

The Bumpkin Island Art Encampment is curated by Megan Dickerson, Carolyn Lewenberg and Jed Speare.

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