EFA Project Space, Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space present SEAWORTHY, an exhibition and series of public screenings, performances, lectures, workshops and artist-led excursions on the water. With 72 islands and over 700 miles of coastline, New York City is a formidable archipelago. This project will invite discussion of issues surrounding water access and use, activate the largest open space in the city, and engage with relevant themes in contemporary art practice. SeaWorthy will bring together artists from here and abroad – in consultation with boat builders, world-class mariners, historians, writers, activists and ecologists – to make new work about, around and on the waterways of New York City in Summer 2011.
SeaWorthy presents work by artists who employ the boat as a platform for collective action, private reflection and liberatory possibility. The sea voyage suggests both an opening and a crisis – the expanse is daunting, uncontrollable, and full of dream potential. To explore this terrain, the artists in SeaWorthy take to the high and low seas, actually, metaphorically, and virtually.