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Mare Liberum | The Free Seas

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas The Free Seas / Mare Liberum is a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective, b Mare Liberum is a collective of visual artists, industrial designers, and writers who formed around a shared engagement with New York’s waterways in 2007.

As part of a mobile, interdisciplinary, and pedagogical practice, we have designed and built boats, published broadsides, essays, and books, invented water-related art and educational forums, and collaborated with diverse institutions in order to produce public talks, participatory works, and voyages. Our work bridges dialogues in art, activism, and science, by remapping landscapes, reclaiming loc

As part of a mobile, interdisciplinary, and pedagogical practice, we have designed and built boats, published broadsides, essays, and books, invented water-related art and educational forums, and collaborated with diverse institutions in order to produce public talks, participatory works, and voyages. Our work bridges dialogues in art, activism, and science, by remapping landscapes, reclaiming loc

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"THE RIVER IS HERE BUT IT IS ALWAYS PASSING THROUGH"While the ML crew is wrapping its time up in Toronto and traveling b...
07/23/2022

"THE RIVER IS HERE BUT IT IS ALWAYS PASSING THROUGH"

While the ML crew is wrapping its time up in Toronto and traveling back to the US this week, we wanted to share a recording by Shannon Gerard of the Parade/Funeral for a River, organized on July 13 by Shannon, Brandon Latcham, with the participation of Freddie Ratkovsky, Leah Klingbyle, Elizabeth de Coste, Gabriel George, ML Crew, and others who joined in on the day-of. We end the episode with a seven minute field recording of the construction of ML's punt, the Shannon Gerard, a.k.a. the Waters of the Seas (thanks to Demitri for the name!) as a sonic drone "soundscape of sanding"

#donriverradio #interlude #soundscape #funeralforariver

Join us at Evergreen Brickworks this evening for a walk with John Wilson who will guide us along The Living DonTiming: W...
07/20/2022

Join us at Evergreen Brickworks this evening for a walk with John Wilson who will guide us along The Living Don

Timing:
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Start and end: Evergreen Brick Works Courtyard, outside the Café

Route: Circular 5 km. walk on paved, flat multi-use paths and park trails, accessible for mobility devices.

Public transit: Check the Evergreen Brick Works web site.

Leader: John Wilson, Lost River Walks leader and former Chair, Task Force to Bring Back the Don

This walk will encounter the Don River as part of a living urban ecology. Along our route we will see Evergreen Brick Works, the Don River fish ladder, Beechwood wetland, Cottonwood Flats, Sun Valley, Crothers Woods and Taylor’s Middle Mill site. We will explore the story of the Don River – from Wonscotonach Indigenous landscape to post-industrial urban wild-land – a landscape of restoration and hope in a profoundly changing environment.

Rain or shine: In case of inclement weather we will explore the sheltered environment of the Don Valley Brick Works Park.

Free. Donations to Lost River Walks program of Toronto Green Community will be gratefully accepted.

This guided walk is presented as part of Mare Liberum's 'In Which We Draw A People's Map of the Don' project, through a partnership between Evergreen's Public Art Program and Waterfront Toronto’s Temporary Public Art program.

The project is made possible through generous support from ArtworxTO and the Canada Council for the Arts.

@evergreen_brick_works @waterfront.to
@thefreeseas

In preparation for our launch at Cherry Beach tomorrow and our exploration of the Port Lands by water, we are releasing ...
07/16/2022

In preparation for our launch at Cherry Beach tomorrow and our exploration of the Port Lands by water, we are releasing episode 2 of Don River Radio, an interview with Netami Stuart, who makes parks with @waterfront.to

Host @theseainthedark talks with Netami about growing parks, river cribs, new land and waterscapes, and what happens when 100 year old seeds are brought back from oblivion.

Episode 2: River Cribs & Imported Bridges, we interview landscape architect Netami Stuart, Senior Project Manager, Parks, for Waterfront Toronto, who is building parks for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project. The episode is introduced by a hotline call in from Brandon Latcham. About the Podcast Don River Radio is a ten-part podcast series and call-in hotline on the history, evolution, and future of the Don/Wonscotonach River, hosted by Mare Liberum co-founder Dylan Gauthier with invited guests.

Our collective is Mare Liberum (http://www.thefreeseas.org/) Our project is In Which We Draw A People's Map of the Don River donriverradio.ca We are hosted by Evergreen Brickworks and Waterfront Toronto and supported by ArtworxTO year of public art Our audio engineer is Tom Upjohn Special thanks to our collaborators Shannon Gerard and Maria Hupfield Music by JANTAR Project Curators: Charlene Lau, Chloe Catan, and Kari Cwynar

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that the sacred lands through which the Don River flows are the traditional territories, homelands and nunangat of the respective First Nations, Métis Nations and Inuit who are the long-time stewards of these lands. We acknowledge that Toronto is built on occupied Indigenous territory – the traditional homelands of the Wendat (Wen-dat) and Petun (Pah-toon) First Nations, the Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-O-Show-nee), and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory is governed by Treaty 13 and is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek Confederacies and allies to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

@evergreen_brick_works
#portlands
#donriverradio
#landscapearchitecture

Leaving from @evergreen_brick_works at 4!Funeral for a River: A Puppet Procession and Open Studio Gathering at Evergreen...
07/13/2022

Leaving from @evergreen_brick_works at 4!

Funeral for a River: A Puppet Procession and Open Studio Gathering at Evergreen Brick Works

When: Wed., July 13, 2022 4 – 8 pm

Start and end: Evergreen Brick Works Building 1 (The Burrow)

Organized by Brandon Latcham and Shannon Gerard, with ML

In 1969, the future organizers of Pollution Probe – now one of Canada’s most influential and longest-running environmental justice groups – held a funeral performance for the “deceased” Don River. This shallow, meandering river had been colonized, dredged, straightened, industrialized, and eventually left to stagnate at the core of the city. This celebrated Funeral was both a performance and a protest, a gesture of resistance and a refusal to accept a world so full of harm, and a launching point for later work to “reclaim the Don.”

Today, with the Don River Valley experiencing a resurgence of interest and attention and the Don River greeting more visitors in the COVID era than perhaps ever before, we ask, “What is the future of the River Don?” How does the Port Lands Flood Protection Project and the Don Mouth Renaturalization project, on the one hand, vie with propositions for the future use of the Don Valley by Metrolinx and other developments on the other hand? What will increased density and urban development along the edges of the Ravines spell for the Valley’s fragile ecosystem(s)? What might we have lost, or what might we stand to either lose or gain? More broadly, as we are living through a time of loss – from mass extinction and global extreme climate events, to personal and collective/cultural loss in the current global pandemic – how might we reinterpret the funeral for a river as a chance to hold a ritual or ceremony that recognizes what is both lost and what might possibly be regained? How might a funeral for a river present both an end point and a new beginning?

We will walk from Evergreen to the Don, in a procession of puppets and boats. At the Don, we will pause to read, sit quietly, meditate, be with time.

Please bring something to share with others or to sit with and hold close - writing, a poem, a word, a memory, a loss, a hope.

New episodes coming soon. Patch work by...@shannon_gerard @evergreen_brick_works @waterfront.to
07/12/2022

New episodes coming soon. Patch work by...

@shannon_gerard
@evergreen_brick_works
@waterfront.to

On water site visit to the Port Lands and the Mouth of the Don with our crew and teams from @evergreen_brick_works and @...
07/10/2022

On water site visit to the Port Lands and the Mouth of the Don with our crew and teams from @evergreen_brick_works and @waterfront.to thanks for the tour #ChloeCatan #CharleneLau #ShuraineOttoOlak #NatalieLam #JoBowers

Double announcement!First episode of Don River Radio dropped this morning! And were back in Toronto this weekend, buildi...
07/08/2022

Double announcement!

First episode of Don River Radio dropped this morning! And were back in Toronto this weekend, building boats puppets and printmaking with @latcham_photo and @shannon_gerard - come thru Sat and Sun 12-5 pm @evergreen_brick_works

Thanks @ceekaylau #joannebowers #nathalielam for hosting us this week!

Welcome to Don River Radio!

In Episode 1: Remembering the Don, DRR host Dylan Gauthier interviews environmental historian Jennifer Bonnell (author of "Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley") about the past(s) and future(s) of the Don River as remembered, forgotten, and frequently (re)imagined through recent history.

Guest Bios

Jennifer Bonnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at York University, where she teaches courses in Canadian, environmental and public history. She is the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and the editor, with Marcel Fortin, of Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014).

Bonnell’s articles and essays have appeared in Environmental History, The Canadian Historical Review, The Journal of Canadian Studies, and Museum & Society, and as chapters in Sandberg, Bocking, and Cruikshank’s Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region (L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, 2013) and Desfor and Laidley’s Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront (University of Toronto Press, 2011), among others. She has also contributed to a variety of public history projects, including documentary film and television projects for the Evergreen Brick Works and Metal Dog Films, and research and public engagement work for LabSpace Studios and No9 Contemporary Art and the Environment. Her research has received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Federation for University Women among other sources. She is currently working on a new book, Foragers of a Modern Countryside: Honeybees, Agricultural Modernization and Environmental Change in the Great Lakes Region.

This Saturday and Sunday we will be hosting an open studio and collaborative working group to support boatbuilding, pupp...
07/04/2022

This Saturday and Sunday we will be hosting an open studio and collaborative working group to support boatbuilding, puppet building, printmaking, and discussions at the Evergreen brickworks as part of “In Which We Draw a Peoples Map of the Don River."

More info at donriverradio.ca

Fellow artists, puppetmakers, boatbuilders, urban wilderness explorers, organizers, we invite you to come and create with us and reflect on the history and future of the Don River Valley.

Important dates: Afternoons on July 9th and 10th for boat and puppet building (12 - 5 pm)

July 13th 4-8 walking procession to the Don, open studio and potluck, meet at @evergreen_brick_works organized by @latcham_photo

Image: @latcham_photo

#donriver #evergreenbrickworks #waterfronttoronto #openstudio #contemporaryart #boatbuilding #making #torontoartevents #openworkshop

Excited to be sharing a very special boat at the Schuylkill Center in an exhibition opening later this month.  And a hug...
01/16/2018
Learn a River’s Name

Excited to be sharing a very special boat at the Schuylkill Center in an exhibition opening later this month. And a huge debt of gratitude to Chloe Wang who has painted a tide chart and mural of the Schuylkill on a punt built for the Schuylkill River in 2015 with Chloe and other students and faculty at Haverford College as guests of Joshua Milton Moses's DIY Environmentalisms anthropology senior seminar... Hope you can see the show!

Learn a River's Name January 25 - April 21, 2018 Opening Reception January 25, 6-8pm “Names are the way we humans build relationship, not only with each other but with the living world.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer What’s in a name? It’s one of the first things we ask someone when we meet them, yet...

Paddle to Protect is looking for donations of equipment, canoes, lifejackets, dry bags, emotional and financial support ...
08/07/2017
Paddle to Protect

Paddle to Protect is looking for donations of equipment, canoes, lifejackets, dry bags, emotional and financial support for their 250 mile journey by canoe later this summer.

A 250-mile Canoe Journey to #StopLine3

Photos from EFA Project Space's post
06/29/2017

Photos from EFA Project Space's post

2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard to Light
04/17/2017
2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard to Light

2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard to Light

Coal ash, a largely unseen byproduct of electricity production, is leaking from storage ponds, two lawsuits contend, and could be threatening the drinking water of more than a million people.

Photos from the build and launch at Pompidou this past week, concluding Hors Piste 2017!  Nous remercions à: Pauline Del...
02/14/2017

Photos from the build and launch at Pompidou this past week, concluding Hors Piste 2017! Nous remercions à: Pauline Delwaulle, Kerry Downey, MacKenzie Fegan, Leïla Gharbi, Alexandre Gurita, Sophie Lapalu, Marie Losier, Jean Claude et Florence Perez, Bruno Persat, Jules Poisson, Enrique Ramirez, Judah Rubin, Venke Sletbakk, Bénedicte Trouvé, Nicholas Vargelis; Chantal, Olivier, Clara et Jean Darrason et la Résidence Danton. Un grand merci à Géraldine Gomez, David Rouge, Bruno Veret, et toute l'équipe de Hors Pistes 2017 ainsi que le Centre Pompidou.

01/19/2017
Hors Pistes

Mare Liberum is excited to participate in this year's Hors Pistes festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris from Jan 25 - Feb 12. We'll be building one of our signature paper boats over the festival period and leading inquiries and excursions on the canals of Paris - come visit if you're near (and check out this amazing line-up!)

Un autre mouvement des images - Centre Pompidou.

Can't wait to see this beautiful show curated by Emma Wilcox: "Kea's Ark of  Newark: A Life in Works."  "Wilcox says the...
10/04/2016
Remembering Newark's giant ark 3 decades after controversy killed it

Can't wait to see this beautiful show curated by Emma Wilcox: "Kea's Ark of Newark: A Life in Works."

"Wilcox says the show is as much about the future as the past. The Ark was a kind of protest architecture against abandonment and gentrification, but it also invoked more contemporary concerns about artwashing (artists' role in reclaiming neighborhoods for gentrification) and public art. The Ark suggested literally Biblical analogies to Newark's decline, but it also mocks current arks, like the fundamentalist, Noah's Ark themed amusement park being built in eastern Kentucky."

The three-story sculpture was hotly debated and nationally celebrated — and eventually torn down

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LAST CHANCE: Check out the wonderful work by EFA Project Space​ artists who have participated in our exhibitions and our SHIFT Residency, generously donated to EFA's 25th Anniversary Online Auction on Paddle8​. Auction ends at 5 PM TODAY! Go here to see the entire auction of 100 works donated by EFA artists: https://paddle8.com/auction/efa/ Nadja Verena Marcin​, Dillon de Give, Jonathan Durham​, Katya Grokhovsky​, Mary Temple​, Shervone Neckles​, Julie Spielman​, Christopher Carroll, Kristyna Milde​, Zebadiah Keneally​, Kara Hearn​, David Rios Ferreira, Mare Liberum | The Free Seas​, Deric Carner​, Dylan Gauthier​, Chloe Bass​, Amber Hawk Swanson, Kerry Downey​, Ellen Schneiderman, Elisabeth Smolarz #efa #efanyc #efastudios #efaprojectspace #efarbpmw #art #artist #nyc #nycart #nycartist #benefitauction #artauction #efa25thanniversary #nonprofit #midtown #garmentdistrict #hellskitchen #manhattan #buyart #photography #collage #sculpture #printmaking #painting #paddle8
In conjunction with #RadicalSeafaring, the Museum is hosting a day-long symposium about environmental stewardship with a focus on the regional landscape. Join us on May 21st for any or all of the day's activities: boat building workshop with Mare Liberum | The Free Seas; a keynote presentation by Carl Safina; water quality discussion with Surfrider Foundation NYC Chapter, The Perfect Earth Project and The Nature Conservancy; and Artists presentations by #CourtneyLeonard and Mary Mattingly. Learn more and register on our website
http://meltedaway.com/2014/09/1-drop-2-drop-3-drop-4-drop-5/ "I am choosing hope, enjoying the cool breeze that wafts from the Future, and the faces of children who discover they can see the City through its base. On a muggy day, The Future is refreshingly cold."
Sunita and the other Mare Liberum | The Free Seas folks visited GSCA last month at the beginning of their journey. They arrived in NYC and here they are explaining what their journey, and the People's Climate March, is all about. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/The-Peoples-Climate-March-Preview/275384251
Shot this in Kingston at the Strand when the Sea Change Flotilla landed. Great work, great songs and great people facing a great big challenge.
Great story about the launching of the paper boats!
Photos from September 5th, at the Strand in Kingston with Mare Liberum | The Free Seas and Sea Change's paper boat flotilla. See you at the People's Climate March Sept. 21st.
One of Sea Change ports of call. Sept 5, 2014
When do you expect to be at Tivoli and Bard Thursday? Your port of call schedule mentions only that it is Thursday. Any more details about Friday at Kingston?
Get updates from the river, as Mare Liberum paddles our SeaChange flotilla for climate justice on the Hudson: twitter.com/seachange2014 instagram.com/seachange2014
Thank you for the ride, and for the solar empowerment, "Solar" David Borton !
Hello from the Seattle sail transport co-op! We learned about you through Facebook friend Transition Troy. Wishing you a great voyage and adventure with your canoes for the climate change ruckus in the city. :-)