TRYST

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By:clarinda mac low
Conceptual, Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Other, Performance
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TRYST

See TRYST at  http://culturepush.org/?q=node/239.                      TRYST was formed in 2003 by Paul Benney, Clarinda Mac Low and Alejandra Martorell. It is an artistic and social experiment, where interaction with the public and imagination fuse to create an unexpected set of circumstances. In TRYST we seek to point out the commodified structures of modern existence in a performance form that is simultaneously accessible and challenging. Through subtle alterations of everyday street life, we can begin the process of questioning our surroundings, and the definitions of “freedom” that we’re given by government and society. In 2003, the pilot project of TRYST included five events: a walking trio with red umbrellas in Washington Square Park; an exploration of Fifth St. at night, with flashlights; an “activated street” with Assisted Street Crossing (ASC) and tap dancing lessons; a tour of the Harlem Meer in Central Park, led by business suits rediscovering a natural state; and a “dérive” or silent walk through Chinatown.                                                                        TRYST was part of The Lower Manhattan Culturual Council's Sitelines series in New York City in 2004 and 2007, the latter in collaboration with Siberia-based Systems of Units, a multidisciplinary performance group also focused on public space performances and alterations. TRYST’s 2004 Sitelines project included: a Business Herd, where performers costumed as Wall St. workers traveled from the Stone St. Historic District to Chase Manhattan Plaza, using the surroundings as a “natural habitat”; 60 Wall Street Atrium, an imagined wildlife tour inside this privately-owned public space; and Assisted Street Crossing (ASC) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLsuBTx-rds), where passersby were offered a lift across the street. The more recent Security Zone (2007) occupied the park in front of the Police Museum on 100 Old Slip for two weeks creating a durational, site-specific engagement with the space and its visitors, neighbors, maintenance workers, vendors, tourists and guests.                             A more ambitious project, Sign Language, took place in 2009. In it TRYST, collaborated with 14 fifth graders from PS 124 in Chinatown and 5 shop-owners from Doyers St. to devise temporary new signs designed by the children for the hair salons of Doyers St. (see http://culturepush.org/?q=node/475 for more).                                        The most recent TRYST is River to Creek: A Roving Natural History of North Brooklyn, (http://culturepush.org/?q=node/772) a participatory research project and art action that draws attention to the geographic and ecological connections across the industrial landscape of North Brooklyn, New York, from the wild empty lots at the end of Newtown Creek in Bushwick to the East River at the edge of Greenpoint.  It is a collaboration between marine scientist/dancer Carolyn Hall, ecologist/visual artist Kathleen McCarthy and the members of TRYST. River to Creek is part of the iLAB Residency at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance (iLAND).

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