Tin Can Telecommunications on Bumpkin!

August 25, 2008 at 9:20 pm Leave a comment

Art Encampment on Bumpkin Island
Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1, 2008
Bumpkin Island Artist Encampment highlights the Boston Harbor Islands national park area
as a venue for creating and exhibiting art

BOSTON, MA – The Berwick Research Institute and Studio Soto, in partnership with the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), invites the public, free of charge, to view and participate in a unique art experience in the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Starting Thursday, August 28, 2008 (Labor Day weekend), ten artist teams will create installations, performances and sculptures on Bumpkin Island, engaging the public as performer, apprentice, collaborator and honored guest.

Artists participating in this unique temporary community in Boston’s largest national park area will utilize the basic tools and supplies that they can physically carry on to the island, including everything needed to sleep, eat and drink. All other materials will come from the resources/elements of the island, leading to projects that will be a distinct expression of the island environment. Following the dictates of the Homestead Act, which became an instrument of western expansion in the mid 1800s, artists will build a shelter, live on the land for five days, and “improve” the land via a site-specific, temporary project, installation or performance. Projects will reflect the island’s natural resources and human history, and explore themes of the cultural context of homesteading and artist community.

The public is invited to experience the results of the encampment from August 30 – September 1. 2008 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment projects and artists are:
Astrodime Transit AuthorityBebe Beard, John Gayle, Ali Horeanopoulos, Mary Ann Kearns and Sam Smiley – ATA will reprise and expand upon its successful 2007 Tin Can Communications Co. strategies and celebrate the 150th year of the first attempt to lay the Transatlantic Cable.
The CamoufleursHanna Rose Shell and Dan Hisel – Drawing on artisanal weaving techniques, military concealment strategies, and bird nesting practices, the camoufleurs will transform their land, and its particular human and natural ecology, into a camouflaged homestead environment. Then creating mixed-media concealment cloaks, they will navigate the island, seen and unseen.
Leave one for your ancestors, one for your children, and take oneTiffany Dumont, Else Eaton, Raymond Garrett, Rory Jackson – Artists forage island materials to create three interactive, multimedia installations based on past, present and future. Artists will encourage visitors to add to the pieces, forage responsibly, and participate in performance.
New England Expeditionary AllianceDedalus Wainwright, Bryan Long, Michael Andelman and Jeff Cleary – A scientific mission that will map Bumpkin’s metaphorical, literal, and sensual parameters, Alliance members will lead expeditions, generate hypotheses, establish a classification system, create analysis, and give lectures on their findings.
Shore Wind Organ Jason Sanford – Using handmade wooden organ pipes and whistles, the artist will create a responsive musical instrument activated by island winds and visitor interaction.
The Honorable Bumpkin Island CompanyJack McGrath & Jane Van Cleef – Armed with a charter granting them the right to establish a trading post on Bumpkin, HBIC will purvey vital, excellent goods to homesteaders and visitors, bolstering the new island economy and exploring the practice of shopping.
Survival KitGabe Moylan & Rachel Roberts – Using the Federal Emergency Management Association survival kit provided to disaster victims, artists will supplement food rations with wild edibles, create a shelter, and explore spiritual recovery.
Spirits in the House: Then & NowSharon Haggins Dunn – Using natural materials such as sand and mud, the artist will create a pinhole camera. Captured images will illustrate change and continuity of natural and human forces over time.
Stone House, Urban CityWenxiong Lin, Lynn Lee, Jens Stenger, Annie Wilker – Juxtaposing two themes of time (history and modernity; reality and romanticism), the artists will create a model urban city in the stone farmhouse ruins, and frame windows of the naval mess hall ruins with brightly colored curtains.
Tactilist TheatreErik Conrad – Arranging island objects arranged according to tactile values and narratives, this participatory installation/performance concludes with a magical ribbon that visitors manipulate to activate small fans, sounds and rhythms that will change based on those present.
The 2008 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment is presented by the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, a non-profit in support of the Boston Harbor Islands; the Special Projects Incubator of the Berwick Research Institute, a non-profit which provides alternative programming and exhibition space for artists who work outside the commercial world and is funded by the LEF foundation; and Studio Soto, an artist-run performance/screening/exhibit space for ideas in Fort Point; and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Getting to Bumpkin Island and back:
From Boston Long Wharf (next to the Marriott, adjacent to Christopher Columbus Park)

· Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle

· Departs Long Wharf every hour, on the hour, starting at 9:00 am.

· Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.

· Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 1:45, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35

· Return boats from George’s Island to Long Wharf leave every hour on the half hour, last boat is at 5:30

From Quincy, Fore River Shipyard

· Take ferry to George’s Island and transfer to the Southern Loop Inter-Island shuttle

· Departs Quincy Monday – Friday 9:10, 11:15, overnight campers may take the 1:10 or 1:45 boats; Saturday – Sunday 9:20, 9:50, 11:00, 11:30, overnight campers may take the 1:20, 2:05, or 3:15 boats.

· Inter-Island Shuttle from George’s to Bumpkin departs 10:30, 1:10 – overnight campers may take the 3:50 boat.

· Inter-Island Shuttle from Bumpkin to Georges departs 12:15, 2:55, 4:25, 5:35

· Return boats from George’s Island to Quincy depart Monday – Friday 9:35, 11:40, 2:20 or 2:55; Saturday – Sunday 9:45, 10:15, 11:25, 12:55, 2:45, 3:25, 4:40, 5:15, 6:10

From Hingham Shipyard

· Boat goes directly to Bumpkin

· Departures at 9:00am, 11:40am, 2:20pm, overnight campers may take the 5:00pm boat

· Return boats are at 11:05am, 1:45pm or 4:25pm

From Hull, Pemberton Point

· Boat goes directly to Bumpkin

· Departures at 9:55am, 12:35am, overnight campers may take the 4:05pm boat

· Return boats are at 12:15am or 2:55pm

Admission to the park is FREE. Ferry fares: Adult $14.00, Senior (65+) $10.00, Children (3-11) $8.00, Children under 3 free, Family 4-Pack $42.00. Inter-Island Shuttle is $3.00. For more information and for ferry schedules see www.harborexpress.com.
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