The Conversations
3LD Art and Technology Center
New York, NY
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The Conversations

Ten public conversations with artists, scientists, academic leaders and more, concocted by Katie Pearl and Guerilla Science in collaboration with the artists and the curatorial team.

$10 online purchase guarantees your reservation; admission by suggested contribution at door.


Bringing Multiplicity to the Table

Led by WOW curatorial team members and artists Nancy Nowacek and Eve Mosher

Art engaged with ecology offers new forms of environmental engagement and advocacy, yet the community of artists working on NYC waterways represents a relatively narrow range of perspectives, compared to those that make up many of the communities along the waters edge. Bringing Multiplicity to the Table invites organizations who excel at engaging a broad spectrum communities in art, culture, and ecology through a wide range of methods.

At this Long Table conversation, WOW artists Eve Mosher and Nancy Nowacek join these representatives as well as practitioners from the fields of art, maritime ecologies and community activism to discuss methods of engagement and strategies towards multiplicity around the NYC waterways. Note: The Long Table format (developed by performance artist Lois Weaver), is designed to equalize audience and invited participants, by providing a simple and specific structure for listening and conversation.

June 8, 7pm


The 10-Year Process: Callaghan & Topol in collaboration

Ten years ago, playwright Sheila Callaghan and director Daniella Topol set out to make a play about water. Their exploration covered multiple processes, two design teams, two coasts, water-related incidents worldwide -- and many drafts and devisings.

New Georges producing artistic director Susan Bernfield will chat with Sheila and Daniella about their singularly rich and deep-rooted collaboration and the bittersweet experience of finally seeing their project produced.  Well add actors April Matthis and Polly Lee, whove been with the project most of the way (and whose current roles draw directly from the experience); and pull up to the present with current collaborators, including science dramaturg Rachel Karpf of Guerilla Science -- all tracing the unexpected and astonishing journey to (NOT) WATER.

June 9, 9pm


Water and Money


June 14, 9pm


Get In!  Water and Play

It's no secret that bringing playful exploration into our work often leads to more surprising and impactful outcomes than staying stuck in our 'expert' brains.  But how does play work when we're exploring the water? What does it mean to GET IN-- to get our hands wet-- figuratively and literally? This conversation brings together Hudson River Park Trust Director of Science Carrie Roble, artist/scientist Clarinda Mac Low, Guerilla Science, and Archie Lee Coates, co-founder of +Pool, NYC's first water-filtering floating pool, to flood us with ideas around physical engagement, interactivity, exploration, and playfulness on the water with a purpose.

June 17, 3pm


Making the Invisible Visible: Responses to Water-Based Stresses in NYC and Beyond

June 21, 5pm / Unexpected and profound disasters like Hurricane Sandy smash into the lives of everyday New Yorkers, forcing us to engage with our proximity and relationship to water.  But slow, ongoing crises like rising water levels, contamination, and toxicity are harder to see, more challenging to grasp, and harder to respond to. Across disciplines, people are engaging in work that analyzes and responds to the slow disasters of our water, making the invisible visible. Come meet and hear them discuss their projects and points of view.

June 21, 5pm



When did the narrative around our waterways become dominated by fear and danger? Instead of seeing the waterways as a threat and focusing on all the ways it can hurt us, the work of these participants shift the pervading rhetoric towards one of action. To face climate change, we must feel empowered to do so. WATER [em]POWER focuses us toward artists, organizations, and individuals who engage in building our relationship to the waterways as a means of discovery, knowing, and empowerment.

June 24, 5pm


Time & Tide: a literally immersive performance and the new climate temporalities

What happens when the dimension of human life that has long been the very definition of predictability--the climate--becomes utterly unpredictable? How can art create new embodied knowledge for living in this time of "The Great Acceleration"? Eco-critic Una Chaudhuri and a panel of scientists and artists will engage Sarah Cameron Sunde about her on-going project "36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea."

June 26, 5pm


Micro to Global

How do we engage with an element that is simultaneously so vast and so small? From droplets and micro-plastics, to global shipping routes and surveys across centuries, this conversation will explore how artists and scientists turn to the furthest limits of size, space, and time to investigate both our relationship with water and waters relationship to us.

June 26, 7:30pm


Reflection: a final dive

Curatorial team member Katie Pearl invites all participants in Works on Water - artists, scientists, collaborators, practitioners, viewers, audience - to return to 3LD one last time. Together well take a final dive, reflecting on the exhibition. In light of the curatorial teams original vision and their plans for a Works on Water triennial, what was our experience? What new connections were discovered? How has WOW filled a need in our civic and creative conversations?

June 30, 5pm


The Power of Ten: an open workshop with iLAND

Are you curious about working with water as a material? Do you want to connect with people in other fields who are thinking about the social, cultural, ecological, and political issues related to water?

Working creatively with water and waterways is inherently interdisciplinary, and requires artists and other creative people to infiltrate and collaborate with many different sectors. The Power of Ten is an opportunity to intersect with people from different fields and imagine collaboration. All thinkers and do-ers are welcomescientists, social/environmental justice activists, designers, artists, performers, planners, architects, and more.

The Power of Ten is a path to problem-solving, reimagining, unearthing inequity, finding new approaches and understanding how to become accomplices.

June 11 workshop:  We will work on communication and connection, using somatic techniques and methods for talking to people outside your field about your work, and for thinking about water.

June 26 workshop: This is an optional opportunity to present works that might have emerged from workshop one, present work in progress or share plans that were hatched over the two weeks.

June 11, 10am-3pm; June 25, 4-6pm


From June 5 to 30, 2017, Works on Water turns 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan into a boundary-crossing thought hub for 26 days of art + theater in which a diverse cohort of artists, scientists, water advocates and audiences come together for wide-ranging conversation about the relationship between people and water -- on an individual, community, and humanitarian scale.

All tickets and reservations include entry to the triennial exhibition; exhibition alone, $5 to 15 suggested donation at the door.

DIVE IN DEEP!!  To all 26 days of art and theater!  The Dive In-clusive Pass admits one to every event!  Just contact our Lifeguard, your concierge, to reserve your seat for individual events.


3LD Art and Technology Center (View)
80 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10006
United States


Education > Workshops

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!