TO THE STARS ON THE WINGS OF AN EEL
Throughout its history the Gowanus has inspired both utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares. The past four-hundred years have witnessed the site’s transformation from a fertile series of tidal wetlands to one of the busiest industrial waterways in the United States. The canal, once a source for sustenance and hope, is today tainted by a notorious legacy of pollution and decay. Yet recent activity in the area suggests rejuvenation is at hand.
TO THE STARS ON THE WINGS OF AN EEL offers a chance to explore the urban unconscious of the Gowanus, to reimagine the past, decipher the present, and envision possible futures. Artists working in the neighborhood––some long-time fixtures, others recent arrivals––are breathing new life into a once stagnant and decaying quarter.
Join us as we transform the Gowanus Ballroom, itself a former steel mill dating to the nineteenth century, re-mapping psychogeographies and investigating mysteries of the canal and surrounding areas. By exploring real and imagined tales of the past, we pursue today’s dreams and become the myth-makers of tomorrow.
Jonah Emerson-Bell & Rainger Pinney
Integrated Visions Productions
The Office of Recuperative Strategies
Danielle Willems & Ezio Blasetti
The Reanimation Library
Sayler / Morris with Evan Paschke
Matthew William Robinson
Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels
and many more
Matthew Silver: the Great Performer
Hungry March Band
Apocalypse Five and Dime
Viva Le Vox
The Pendulum Swings
Mikey IQ Jones
The Big Ship
and many more
Friday, June 29th – Opening 7pm–1am, $10 after 9pm
Saturday, June 30th 3pm–1am, $10 after 9pm
Sunday, June 1st – Celebration of Independence BBQ, cocktails and outdoor entertainment Noon–6pm
Friday, July 6th 7pm–1am, $10 after 9pm
Saturday, July 7th 3pm–1am, $10 after 9pm
Performance schedule to be announced.
To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel is curated by Serban Ionescu, Ethan Spigland, George Sferra, and Josh Young, and is made possible in part by Gowanus Ballroom, Serett Metal Works, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design, The Canary Project, Proteus Gowanus, The Reanimation Library, Magnan Metz Gallery, Dustin Yellin Studio, and Ray Smith Studio.