Gerald Marks iLAND/iLAB "Shoot 3-D at the Beach" art event Sunday 9/14
On Sunday, September 14, the second event of the iLAB arts residency will take place at Dead Horse Bay. The iLAND/iLAB grant was awarded to a collaborative team which includes stereoscopic artist Gerald Marks, dancer/choreographer/surfer Sarah White, and architect/industrial archaeologist Angel Ayón.
The experience will begin at low tide, around 2:00 PM and there will be dance exploration on the tidal flat and a very remarkable bay beach to explore. Sunset, moonrise, and high tide will all happen right around 7:00 PM. Our location was chosen a a perfect spot to view the sunset behind Coney Island and the NY skyline and the moonrise out of Jamaica Bay.
We’ve been struggling to find the best words to describe the event. Here are some things that it will be:
Day at the beach
Eclipse viewing expedition
... and much more!
We have a blogsite that will provide additional information http://deadhorsebay.blogspot.com/
Be sure to keep checking.
Essentially, our event will be all afternoon on Sunday, Sept. 14, on the beach near Floyd Bennett Field, climaxing with a spectacular sunset behind Coney Island, just minutes after the almost full moon rises out of Jamaica Bay and high tide peaks. There will be a combination of dance performance, industrial archaeology, and Nature study... with plenty of 3-D photo opportunities. There is no rain date, so there does exist the possibility of weather blowing the event.
Our Dead Horse Bay location may be the most beautiful spot in New York City, but it is a little bit remote and reaching it requires almost a half-mile of hiking over uneven terrain. Glass washes up from a hundred-year-old dump site and, while it is sanitary & historic & beautiful glass, it is essential that you take the precaution of wearing some kind of shoes that can get wet. Crocs are Jerry’s footwear of choice, but any kind of water shoes will do it. Keds are another popular choice. FlipFlops will do.
You’ll need to carry in everything that you will need for the day... and carry out all trash. If you are staying for the full five-plus hours, that means enough food and water. This is a little bit like Burning Man. If you hike across the bridge, there is Maria’s Breezy Point food truck there, which has a variety of tasty treats, including shakes, smoothies, burgers, knishes, hot dogs, and her trademark Brazilian Burrito.
There will be almost no shelter from the sun, so that sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are essential.
No matter how hot it may be during the day, it will get chilly as the sun goes down, so do bring something to put on.
Our team will be holding another similar event around the full moon of October, so that provides a kind of rain date Our dates are “cheated” a little ahead of the true full moon so as to fall on Sundays... September 14, and October 12.
Hearty folk will spend the entire afternoon, into the early evening there, but there will be various opportunities at various times, so one might choose to spend more or less time, up to 5 hours, out on a very special beach. Some folks may choose to visit in the afternoon, hike a bit (perhaps to the ocean beach on Rockaway), then return for the sunset/moonrise. The dance improv performance will begin early, when the tidal flats are exposed.
Our events are also 3-D photo shoots and there will be performance/presentations of the work at various venues this winter. Of course we will show the 3-D from the event at an upcoming NYSS meeting.
Getting there by Public Transportation
Take the #2 Train to the last stop, Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College. Come upstairs and transfer to the Q35 Bus, which stops right in front of the Payless Shoe Store. (Note that other busses also stop there!) Tell the driver that you will be getting off at “the last stop before the bridge.” (You could also get off the bus at the next-to-last stop before the bridge, which is the Visitor’s Center for Floyd Bennett, then walk along the Bay to the site.)
Getting there by Bike
The Brooklyn Bike Map shows an easy route to the site.
If you are taking your bike by subway, the Brighton Beach stop on the B and Q lines is closest, but any stop in or near Coney Island will be close. Note that bikers should use a different subway line than train riders taking the bus.
Getting there by Car
Take the Belt Parkway or another route to Flatbush Avenue, heading out towards Rockaway. Just before the toll plaza for the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, make a left onto Aviation Road and you will come to a parking area.