This interactive installation, conceived by artist and art therapist, Melissa Diaz, welcomes visitors to collaborate in creating a living sculpture. The piece welcomes the consideration of space, safe space, public space, inner space, and how creativity can contribute to a sense of well-being. Simple, accessible materials and upcycled items will be offered for visitors to weave into, tie on, and attach to the growing sculptural form. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about mindful art-making, meet an art therapist, and try art-making that is implicitly therapeutic. By highlighting creativity as a source of wellness, joy, and community care, Diaz hopes to promote inclusion in art-making and the de-stigmatization of mental health support.
Taking inspiration from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Asian immigrant artists conjure an ever-changing cityscape, evoking memories and desires built from their unique experiences and personal perspectives. From the intimate to the grand, from the physical to the digital, this multimedia object-performance project explores the poetic intricacies of urban life; where dreams are nurtured and sometimes shattered and features experimental music, AR puppetry, and interactive installations.
inside the box is a participatory experience where audience members are asked, “If anything could be on this platform, what would you like it to be?” and then take part in a live devising process to create a new performance piece.
DUMBO Sick Center is a pop-up sick cultural center—an experimental office offering resources, sick history, and songs. The project invites the audience to imagine a world where sick wisdom is honored and accessible, and the sick receive the care they need.
Abang-guard Street Museum is a participatory platform that enables the public to share their inner voice and creative expression via gallery format. Part workshop, part art space, Abang-guard will host and feature each piece made by the public. The platform museum provides an opportunity to showcase and uplift a diversity of voices while questioning what constitutes art and who can be an artist. Through democratic disruption, Abang-guard Street Museum empowers creativity while opening a wider field of access and authorship to the cultural production of value.
The issue of waste management has become a global concern, and the world’s waste production is increasing at an alarming rate. To address this issue, the SUPERTRASH project aims to create awareness about the importance of recycling waste and making trash valuable. The audience will actively participate in the exhibition by bringing in their own pieces of trash or using trash collected by the artist through different industries to create their own unique characters, joining in the creative and fun exploration of sustainability.