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A bike commute you wont believe - Tom Lutz - YouTube
"Tom Lutz works at Google’s Chelsea Market offices and enjoys an unusual commute, 20 miles daily, year-round from his home in Leonia, NJ. You see, Tom commutes by Brompton – and boat!

Visit to learn more about Brompton

Every morning when the the wind and tide permit, he unfolds his Brompton, attaches a trailer towing a homemade folding boat and then rides to the base of the George Washington Bridge, where he launches his curious craft – folded Brompton and all – into the Hudson River. As the Manhattan skyline grows near, Tom – carried by the currents – explains his deep need to break from routine and capture a sense of adventure while living and working in one of the most urban of urban landscapes. Tom lands at a canoe slip, unfolds his Brompton and rides to his office, where he casually strolls through the door wearing his lifejacket, folded Brompton – and folded boat – in hand."
nyc  tomlutz  commuting  commutes  boats  bikes  biking  2018  classideas 
july 2018 by robertogreco
jay nelson | san francisco on Vimeo
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"Jay is a surfer, artist, husband, father and creator of super rad ‘functional sculptures’.

He lives a few blocks away from the sea in a special little place in San Francisco called the Outer Sunset district.

When it comes to Jay’s work he values aesthetics, but appreciates imperfections and practicality more.

This is his story"
outersunset  sanfrancisco  art  artists  cars  campers  boats  classideas  jaynelson  2016  sculpture  space  life  living  aesthetics  imperfections  practicality  sunsetdistrict 
january 2017 by robertogreco
Flatbread Society Seed Journey

This journey to the Middle East can be seen as an awakening of the memory—the long journey the grain itself has taken—through the hands of time.

-Michael Taussig

Seed Journey is a seafaring voyage connected to a public art project* in the former port of Bjørvika in Oslo, Norway. Seed Journey moves people, ideas and seeds through time and space. This voyage—its crew and cargo—are agents that link the commons as they relate to local networks and a more global complex of seed savers and stewards of the land, air and water. A rotating crew of artists, anthropologists, biologists, bakers, activists, sailors and farmers join the journey and share their findings at host institutions along the route from small harbors to large ports from barns to museums (contemporary art, natural history and maritime) to social centers.


Seed Journey departs from the port of Oslo, Norway beginning with a few key defining points and space for new stops and invitations along the way. The crew’s interests will influence the route, but ultimately grains are the compass. Seed Journey maps not only space, but also time and phylogeny: while the more familiar space yields a cartographic map, time yields history and phylogeny yields a picture of networks of relationships between and among living beings—relationships between cultural groups, but also between human and non-human living forms such as seeds, sea-life and the terrestrial species from the various places and times we will traverse.



Flatbread Society is a permanent public art project created in a “common” area amidst the waterfront development of Bjørvika, in Oslo, Norway. In 2012, the international arts collective, Futurefarmers formed Flatbread Society as a proposition for working with local actors to establish an aligned vision for the use of this land. The groups’ dynamic activation of the site through public programs, a bakehouse and a cultivated grain field has attracted the imagination of farmers, bakers, oven builders, artists, activists, soil scientists, city officials; while simultaneously resulting in the formation of an urban gardening community called Herligheten, a Declaration of Land Use, and a permanent grainfield and bakehouse.

Flatbread Society has extended beyond Oslo into a network of projects and people that use grain as a prismatic impetus to consider the interrelationship of food production to realms of knowledge sharing, cultural production, socio-political formations and everyday life.

Flatbread Society is part of Bjørvika Utvikling (BU) public art program Slow Space, commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling and supported by The Norwegian Public Road Authroities (Eastern Region)."
futurefarmers  seedjourney  michaeltaussig  art  norway  oslo  bjørvika  naturalhistory  flatbreadsociety  slow  baking  biology  science  classideas  activism  sailing  boats  anthropology  barns  museums  seeds  sailboats  spain  denmark  españa  vejle  london  england  cardiff  wales  uk  antwerp  belgium  asturias  lena  mallorca  rmallah  palestine  istanbul  turkey  johanpetersen  børrepetersen  carlemilpetersen  fernandogarcíadory  agency  didierdemorcy  amyfranceschini  marthevandessel  viviensansour  ignaciochapela  martinlundberg  alfonsoborragán  hananbenammar  joeriley  audreysnyder  annavitale  jørundaasefalkenberg 
january 2017 by robertogreco
Michael Arcega - Lexical Borrowing: Saw Horse by the Sea Shore- Understanding Manifest Destiny2011Mat board, wood, found plastic bottles, river water, and mixed media4' x 7' x 3'
"This work describes lexical borrowing through the transformation of an American kayak into a Pacific outrigger canoe. Lexical borrowing is a linguistic process that contribute to the generation and changes in languages- a process that is essential for generating Pidgin and Creole languages. The structure, saw horses and table tops, obscures the boat models and the makeshift outrigger, suggesting instability and constant shift.

At the base of the saw horses is a make-shift outrigger that was made on the James River, VA. During an extremely rough tidal event, we fashioned this pontoon onto the American canoe- inspired by Baby, the Pacific outrigger canoe. This object is a material analog of how linguistic shifts occur."

[See also: “Baby (Medium for Intercultural Navigation)”

"This work explores contact languages (Pidgins and Creoles known as Medium for Interethnic Communication) as a metaphor for intercultural navigation. Baby, the protagonist, is a tandem Bangka (Pacific outrigger canoe) derived from a mutation from a single plyak (plywood kayak- 50's era), and a collapsible kayak design.

Through the summer of 2011, Baby navigated numerous bodies of water across the United States. The first leg of Baby’s journey occurred on May 21, 2011 from Richmond, VA (seat of the Confederacy) and concluded near Jamestown, VA (the first successful British colony). Later Baby sailed in Chincoteage Bay, Pokemoke River, Mississippi River, Bayou St. John, Rio Grande/Pecos River, and San Francisco Bay.

Loosely imitating Lewis & Clark's expedition, this endeavor was to describe the people of the Nacirema. These plates, cultural artifacts, and water samples (not shown) were collected during this time. These artifacts serve as a cultural constellation for navigation."]
michaelarcega  art  language  boats  kayaks  2011  instability  change  borrowing  linguistics 
june 2015 by robertogreco
Floating Library
"The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City for September 6- October 3, 2014. The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glow and brings together over seventy participants to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming.The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, and Leading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House.

During this action-packed month, there is free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances and workshops that will shine a spotlight on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues and community engagement.Some highlights include bookmaking with Center for Book Arts and Small Editions, a modular furniture building workshop with Reid Bingham, live recording session with HeritageRadioNetwork, a Sensory Walk Workshop with the Movement Party, Lighght Reading with Ugly Duckling Presse, a multimedia sound performance by Pauchi Sasaki in the Petty Officer’s Room – a space akin to being inside the belly of a whale—, and SeaChange: We All Live Downstream ( a participatory voyage initiated by Mare Liberum and will disembark onboard for three days of office hours after traveling for three-weeks on small boats made of paper connecting climate change activists along the Hudson.

Through collective placemaking, the Floating Library intends to recodify how we occupy public spaces by bringing activities that are typically confined within privileged institutional walls— such as reading, writing, researching, questioning and debating—to open space. Resituating these activities to the public sphere is a proposal to dismantle the unequal distribution of knowledge/power. Given the Lilac is America's only surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender and is undergoing restoration, orchestrating the Floating Library aboard an industrial archaeological artifact draws parallels with the balancing act we collectively perform to navigate uncertain times and shifting currents. The project intends to catalyze cultural momentum and foment future coalitions between artists, visionaries, cultural activists and scholars that will outlive the temporary library structure.

While libraries are temples to worship ideas and knowledge production, they have also contributed to social stratification as print culture invented the literate class that possesses esoteric knowledge/power. The Floating Library hopes to catalyze the dismantling of this hierarchy by making education more accessible through free workshops and roundtables that encourage horizontal exchange, stretch the social imagination, and cultivate a public space dedicated to scholarship. The library will engage the public as a laboratory that brainstorms, identifies, develops and experiments with modalities to activate art and education as progressive research for socio-political transformation.

Historically, coffee houses and salons have served as rehearsal spaces for intellectual and cultural movements. Yet, in New York we have lost such places where one can read or converse without loud music, a customer carrying on a phone conversation aloud, and keyboard chatter. Public green spaces are going extinct. Reading on the subway is claustrophobic. Our apartments are chicken coops. We have the Public Library, but the indoor space regulates and censors our behavior and thoughts. Given this dilemma, Floating Library intervenes as an expanded site for participatory practice and civic engagement. It is an antidote to the disappearance of mental and physical space in the increasingly urbanized and cyberized world.

To enjoy this unplugged zone, library visitors will power-off their mobile devices and vow to respect quiet space. There will also be designated spaces for Reading, Writing & Drawing, Dialogue, Scanning, and Listening. The ship’s main deck will host a quiet reading ambience. Readers can BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) or browse the library.

The library afloat on water is always on the verge to sail into the distance just as books contain the magic to transport our minds to unknown terrains. A reader is a dreamer/traveler/pirate as to open a book is to embark on an adventure into the wider world as well as dive deeper into oneself. Given this, the Floating Library celebrates boats and books to map a path towards a waking life, self-organization, citizen autonomy and fertile imagination."
libraries  floating  boats  nyc  pop-ups  steamships  2014  floatinglibrary  placemaking  publicspaces  socialstratification  knowledge  power  scholarship  publiclibraries  reading 
september 2014 by robertogreco
#06 Library Boat in the Chiloé Archipelago - Living Atlas Chile - YouTube
"Once a month, Teolinda visits the Chiloé archipelago's most remote villages in a "bibliolancha", or library boat, to lend books. Among the community's favorites are novels and manuals on natural medicine."
libraries  boats  chiloé  chile  books  bookculture 
february 2014 by robertogreco
Captain David Ryan | Sailing Montauk's Catamaran Mon Tiki: Charter Trips , Sunset Cruises, Private Parties and Corporate Events at the East End of Long Island
"Hi! I’m Captain David Ryan. Welcome to our web site, and welcome to Montauk! Since I’m going to be your host when we go sailing, how about I tell you a little about myself:

I’ve been in and around the water my whole life and I love it. I grew up just blocks away from La Jolla California’s famous Wind’n’Sea beach. My father taught me to surf and skin dive, and his father taught me to fish.

But sailing wasn’t a part of my family’s heritage. That gift came to me from my best friend, when we were both 10 years old, when he taught me to sail over a weekend visit, in a boat not much bigger than a shoebox. That was more than 35 years ago, and since then sailing has become a very important part of my family’s life.

My wife Amelia I have lived in Montauk since 1997. I built my first boat in 1999, and my wife and I took our maiden voyage in the Lil’ Winnie when my wife was pregnant with our first child. As our family grew, the boats grew, and the adventures got bigger. In 2008, when our daughters were 8 and 2 we cruised the Bahamas in a 38′ sloop. In 2010 we visited the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

In 2011 we began construction on S/V Mon Tiki, the first US Coast Guard Inspected Passenger Sailing Vessel built on the East End of Long Island and the only Inspected Sailing Vessel that calls Montauk its home. Mon Tiki was launched in October of 2012, just in time to face the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. (Mon Tiki came through the storm just fine, snug in her berth at Diamond Cove.)

I hold a US Coast Guard Master Captain’s license with a sailing endorsement. I am certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, and am a PADI certified Open Water SCUBA Diver.

Sailing Montauk/Mon Tiki is a family run, community-oriented business. We built Mon Tiki ourselves with a team of local craftsmen. My wife Amelia runs our web site, and I take the photos. This is our life, our livelihood, and our passion. Every day on the water I go a little deeper into my love affair with wind and waves, I learn another lesson, discover something new about the place we call home. I’d like to personally invite you to come sail on Mon Tiki and continue that voyage of discovery with us.

I’d also like to invite you to discover your own personal paradise on the East End. Whether it’s paddleboarding and kayaking in the early morning quiet on Lake Montauk, a lively afternoon sailing on Block Island Sound, surfing our A+ tropical swells in the late summer and early fall, or just taking in one of our picture perfect sunsets, Montauk truly has it all—and we can’t wait to share it with you!"
davidryan  montauk  boats  sailing  lajolla  montiki 
january 2014 by robertogreco
The Newtown Creek Armada by The Newtown Creek Armada — Kickstarter
"The Newtown Creek Armada is an artist-created model boat pond that will be installed on the Newtown Creek in September 2012. Located on the border between Brooklyn and Queens, the Newtown Creek is one of America's most polluted waterways and a recently designated federal Superfund Site. Visitors to the Newtown Creek Armada will be invited to pilot a fleet of miniature, radio-controlled boats along the creek’s surface while at the same time documenting the hidden world beneath its waters.

Each boat in The Newtown Creek Armada will represent a different aspect of the creek’s unusual past, present and future, and will be equipped with a waterproof camera, allowing participants to record a unique voyage along the creek. Video from these explorations will be on view at the boat pond, giving visitors a chance to virtually immerse themselves its toxic waters, home to the largest urban oil spill in the United States."

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2012  publicart  art  armadas  newtowncreekarmada  superfundsite  superfundsites  newtowncreek  environment  pollution  waterways  boatbuilding  boats  nyc  queens  brooklyn 
october 2012 by robertogreco
Mare Liberum |
"The Free Seas / Mare Liberum is a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective, based in the Gowanus, Brooklyn. Finding its roots in centuries-old stories of urban water squatters and haphazard water craft builders, Mare Liberum is a collaborative exploration of what it takes to make viable aquatic craft as an alternative to life on land. The project draws from sources as diverse as ocean-crossing raft assemblages, improvised refugee boats built in Senegal and Cuba, and modern stitch-and-ply construction methods which make complex, classic boat designs approachable by novice builders.

We are currently building a fleet of Liberum Dories, a design that we based on the historic 15′ Banks Dory. The frame of this boat can be constructed over the course of a single afternoon using minimal tools and basic building skills…"

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water  environment  boats  liberumdories  dories  cuba  refugees  senegal  mareliberum  brooklyn  collective  art  gowanus  gowanuscanal  nyc  waterways  boatbuilding 
october 2012 by robertogreco
paolo w. tamburella at the venice art biennale preview
"djahazi boats have been for centuries the only means of transport for comorians, a way to communicate with the nearby countries in the mozambique channel and to create new commercial relations. in modern times these traditional vessels have been used to transport shipping containers from cargo boast to the capital moroni. in 2006, following the modernization of the port, the use of the djahazi was 2008 paolo w tamburella...discovered that the djahazis had been abandoned in the port and were sinking in the water. in 2009...the artist and the dockers focussed on the restoration process of one of the djahazi with the goal to ship it and presnt in the context of the la next biennale. the djahazi was split in half and placed in a 40ft container that is currently travelling to europe. the djahazi will be assembled. loaded with a shipping container to dock for all the duration of the biennale in the water at the main entrance to the giardini."
boats  shipping  shippingcontainers  ports  comoros  djahaziboats  venicebiennale  paolowtamburella 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Marie Lorenz
"My work combines psycho-geographic exploration (most prevalent in my ongoing project ‘The Tide and Current Taxi’) with highly crafted, material work (drawing,printmaking, and installation in visually based narratives). I use boats and navigation in my artwork to create an uncertain space. My belief is that uncertainty brings about a heightened awareness of place. When we feel unstable we see more. In my very first boat projects in the canals around Providence, Rhode Island, I was struck by the perspective that navigating a city waterway allows. We see the city from below street level. The people and cars are gone. The city seems empty and it allows an unusual encounter with architecture and structure."
psychogeography  geography  glvo  art  artists  boats  nyc  manhattan  community  water  taxi  sculpture  installation  landscape 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Gel Videos - Marie Lorenz
"Marie runs the Tide and Current Taxi, which takes passengers on a boat (that she hand-built) on voyages on New York City's East River ... with no planned destination. Her work touches on design, art, and community, which helped make it one of the most popular presentations at Gel '07."
art  video  marielorenz  glvo  gel  boats  nyc  manhattan  design  travel  psychogeography  geography 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Bay Ferry Youth Field Trip Program
"The Classroom Day Tripper Program has partnered with the San Diego Harbor Excursion to add a new and affordable option to enhance your next field trip experience. See special discounted rates below when you book your field trip through the Classroom Day
sandiego  transportation  boats  ferry  classideas  fieldtrips  tcsnmy  offcampustrips  coronado 
may 2008 by robertogreco
San Diego MTS Daytripper Program + Bay Ferry Youth Program + Amtrak California "Kids N' Trains"
"To book a field trip, we need at least 14 business days to plan your trip. Call the hotline and leave a detailed message about the trip. The coordinator will call back within two working days. Only confirmed trips are eligible for the Classroom Day Pass
sandiego  transit  transportation  lajolla  buses  rail  classideas  teaching  learning  trains  amtrak  ferry  boats  offcampustrips  tcsnmy  mts  fieldtrips 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Subtopia: Floating Prisons, and Other Miniature Prefabricated Islands of Carceral Territoriality
"The deeper I get into it, the more I realize an entire book could probably be written about the subject of floating prisons -– and who knows, maybe in another dream one day I’ll write it... but for now, let’s just settle for a quick and dirty Googl
activism  architecture  psychogeography  politics  prisons  colonialism  culture  transportation  water  shipping  ships  history  government  sea  borders  boats  landscape  economics  islands  justice  chile  esmeralda  military  future  ocean  discipline  floating 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Happiness: The Chinese zombie ships of West Africa - Ocean Defenders - the weblog
"We're in the big African Queen inflatable, cruising alongside an anchored trawler. It's more rust than metal - the ship is rotting away."
africa  boats  environment  economics  ecology  culture  chinese  china  science  ships  society  photography  activism 
april 2006 by robertogreco
M Ship Co. | Specializing in Next Generation Hull Technology
"M Ship Co. LLC, parent company to the Mangia Onda Company, is an award-winning maritime design firm formed to develop the innovative M-hull technology. The M-hull evolved from a challenge to help solve the serious problem of wave erosion to the ancient b
transportation  boats  technology 
february 2006 by robertogreco

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