Artists are producing weekly prompts (activity suggestions or questions) that invite city residents to explore their water’s edges and engage in imagining changes for those edges - virtually or on solo walks. Responses from the public will help us think boldly and imaginatively about the future of the waterfront and share ideas that will inform the city’s next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan.
Walking the Edge launches the Works on Water Triennial 20/21.
Walking the Edge was initially envisioned as a participatory non-stop relay walk of all 520 miles of New York City shoreline, but due to COVID-19, the physical event has been postponed to 2021. The project is supported in part by funding from the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Initiative, a program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Beginning in May, Works on Water is producing and streaming a special YouTube channel, WorksonWaterTV, or WOW TV ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKK8ztbXcjorBSAkMK_nLmA ). WOW TV will share the work of artists beyond New York and around the globe, as they confront the relationship between live work and virtual communication, and explore the relationship between their experience with waterways and their experience with the pandemic. Artists will be engaging the edges of their local waterways through different forms of creativity, including reports on water issues, water-related video art, conversations, and water scene reports.
In support of their mission to support artists around the world, working on, in and with bodies of water, Works on Water will be exploring digital mapping platforms that highlight both the extent of artists working in this way, and the interrelationships between the artists and artwork. This map will help foster more recognition, understanding and representation of water-based, site-specific and interactive artworks, making a case for the emerging field of Water Art In 2021, Works on Water plans to revisit waterways by inviting artists to produce site-specific works that respond to the unique situation of their bodies of water - responding to the climate crisis, urban density, and ecological concerns. These works will be on, in and with specific bodies of water and engage communities in their creation or production. For more information: http://www.worksonwater.org