ISABELLE GARBANI

About the project:

THE POINT CDC, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Interaction Institute for Social Change, and HDR, Inc. have selected three artists to work with local Hunts Point residents and explore the intersection of arts and climate change. Artists are working with THE POINT CDC to help bring to life the community’s hope for a climate resilient future and connect art to two local and ongoing resiliency campaigns: Hunts Point Resiliency and The South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda.

Project description:

I am currently making small tiles out of waste collected during street clean ups in the neighborhood. The tiles can be painted with individual messages and artwork. The finished tiles will be assembled into a mural, tied up on a fence. Hunts Point residents can use the tile to share their experience about Hurricane Sandy, the environment and global warming, and how that affects their community; they can write or paint messages to the community about how to face future threats, and potential solutions; and they can share messages of hope for the future. Local residents will be encouraged to keep adding to the installation.
I go around the neighborhood with a mobile art cart, open my studio next to Hunts Point Riverside Park on Saturdays, and organize local workshops in Hunts Point (Pio Mendez Senior Houses, and the local Hunts Point library). If you would like to have a workshop, please contact me at igarbani@netscape.net

Mariposa and Roy Secord have also been selected for the residency. (see descriptions below)

Description of Mariposa’s project:

Mariposa’s project as a Hunts Point Resiliency A.I.R will engage the community with pop up poetry workshops for youth in the parks & gardens of Hunts Point. She will also lead writing workshops for families & separate workshops for adults in The Brick House, The Hunts Point Recreational Center & other neighborhood locations where people who live & work in Hunts Point can share their memories of Hurricane Sandy, as well as their concerns for the environment & global warming. Mariposa’s focus combines evoking a dialogue about resilience as it pertains to climate change with other forms of resilience & resiliency and how the people of Hunts Point see themselves & their community as they face the future challenges of our changing planet on top of everything else they contend with & battle on a day to day basis. Through poems & stories shared at workshops & one-on-one interviews, stories of resilience will be gathered of which a script & performance will emerge, crafted by Mariposa. “Untold Stories of the Hunts Point Peninsula” (working title) will be performed in mid-August at The Point, CDC by Mariposa & community members. Mariposa Fernández is a poet, educator, performance artist & activist. She has been featured on the critically acclaimed HBO Series Habla Ya! To find out more info, attend or schedule a workshop, please contact her at mariafernandezma@gmail.com Website: www.mariposa.nyc

Description of Roy's project:

Mention "The Butterly Effect" and most people will mention the movie, The Butterfly Effect, where the lead character Evan keeps creating causes in the past that affect future outcomes, illustrating how small, initial differences may lead to large, unforeseen consequences over time.
According to Wikipedia: "In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The name, coined by Edward Lorenz for the effect which had been known long before, is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a tornado (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier. Lorenz discovered the effect when he observed that runs of his weather model with initial condition data that was rounded in a seemingly inconsequential manner would fail to reproduce the results of runs with the unrounded initial condition data. A very small change in initial conditions had created a significantly different outcome.

Read more about Roy's project at: www.roysecord.net/the-butterfly-effect-project-blog.html