press release

Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the 2007 edition of Float, a biennial series of timebased and ephemeral works installed and performed throughout the Park on Saturdays and Sundays in August. Launched in 2003, Float was first organized in response to Socrates Sculpture Park's location on the East River waterfront. In 2005, locational and relational aesthetics were emphasized, and now, in 2007, the series takes up the theme of nostalgia for a future past, and focuses on a wider range of media to include a concert series, a discursive newsprint publication and blog, several performative installations, and a video program.

For the duration of the series, videos by Robert Boyd, William Lamson, Shana Moulton, and Ola Vasiljeva will be screened continuously. Covering a range of styles, the four video artists' works converge around their relationships to ideology, identity, and spiritual transformation. Boyd's videos captures the frenzy of cult rituals, while Moulton's Whispering Pines series of videos pursue self-help and actualization of the individual, culminating with an outdoor performance by the artist scheduled for August 19. Vasiljeva's hand-made animations of floating characters like Michael Jackson singing opera formally touch on symbols associated with the occult. Lamson's videos simply express the physical properties of weightlessness, a quality implied by spiritual and technological transformation. On view on all three weekends are installations by Lishan Chang, Lieven de Boeck, Sheila Ross and Laura Ten Eyck with Fletch, Todd Knopke, Ted McGurn, and Derrick Wilson, Jan Rothuizen, and Saya Woolfalk, whose projects collectively articulate idealism associated with utopian notions of the future, as well as loss that accompanies the passage of time.

Facilitating a return to youth is Kambui Olujimi's Skipping Stones, which begins with a contest on August 12 for participants of all ages and will culminate in the production and distribution of prizes - artworks made by Olujimi - awarded to winners. Sheila Ross and Laura Ten Eyck et al, will expand Yurt City, a project installed in the sculpture garden of Dam Stuhltrager Gallery last summer. With their colorful portable tent structures, the project recalls collective lifestyles of the 1960s and 1970s, but is adaptable to the contemporary urban landscape. Jan Rothuizen's Missing is an installation seeking to reclaim a variety of losses: pets, personal affects, and people.

Lost in time is Saya Woolfalk's No Place, a fantasy structure built for the future from waste materials of the past. No Place will be activated with a performance by Shaun Leonardo on August 25. Echoing architecture and nature is Lishan Chang's project LC space @ SSP. Chang's transparent and luminescent sculpture is made of stretched plastic wrap that emphasizes the contrasts between man-made materials and the natural landscape of the Park. Produced especially for Float are two takeaway projects: a series of stickers by Lieven de Boeck that layer found graffitied surfaces into a new symbolic code; and Jeanette Doyle's When Art (or In What Regard). Doyle's project is a newsprint publication in which fifteen critics, curators, and artists respond to a set of questions on the status of art outlined by Doyle and Float curator Sara Reisman. Each critic's contribution to the newsprint edition addresses timeliness in relation to the reception of art, much like the riddle, if a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody around, does it make a sound? Additional contributions can be made by visiting http://whenart.typepad.com.

This program has been curated by Sara Reisman. and coordinated by Shaun Leonardo Performances and screenings will be held from 12pm-9pm at Socrates Sculpture Park. Admission is free.

Installations: Lishan Chang, Lieven de Boeck, Sheila Ross & Laura Ten Eyck with Fletch, Todd Knopke, Ted McGurn & Derrick Wilson, Jan Rothuizen, Saya Woolfalk

Videos: Robert Boyd, William Lamson, Shana Moulton, Ola Vasiljeva

Performances: Kambui Olujimi, Shana Moulton, Saya Woolfalk

Print/Web: When Art (Or In What Regard):A Collaborative Project Initiated by Jeanette Doyle with Soledad Arias, Nathalie Angles, Koan Jeff Baysa, Dave Beech, Dan Cameron, Jinkee Choi, Eva Diaz, Aniko Erdosi, Georgina Jackson, Paddy Johnson, Raimundas Malasauskas, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, Paul O'Neill, Sarah Pierce, Aisling Prior, Sebastian Romo, Mick Wilson, Raul Zamudio and others.

Concerts: Organized by Tara Sansone Chin Chin, El Michels Affair, The Budos Band, The Fiery Furnaces

FLOAT
A series of temporary artworks and live performances presented throughout the park on
Kurator: Sara Reisman

Künstler: Lishan Chang, Lieven de Boeck, Sheila Ross & Laura Ten Eyck / Fletch , Todd Knopke, Ted McGurn & Derrick Wilson, Jan Rothuizen, Saya Woolfalk, Robert Boyd, William Lamson, Shana Moulton, Ola Vasiljeva, Kambui Olujimi, Shana Moulton, Saya Woolfalk, When Art Or In What Regard  (Jeanette Doyle / Soledad Arias), Nathalie Angles, Koan Jeff Baysa, Dave Beech, Dan Cameron, Jinkee Choi, Eva Diaz, Aniko Erdosi, Georgina Jackson, Paddy Johnson, Raimundas Malasauskas, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt, Paul O´Neill, Sarah Pierce, Aisling Prior, Sebastian Romo, Mick Wilson, Raul Zamudio, Chin Chin, El Michels Affair, The Budos Band , The Fiery Furnaces