Mare Liberum | The Free Seas

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas The Free Seas / Mare Liberum is a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective, based in the Gowanus, Brooklyn.
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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 local ecologies, and observing and recording the overlaps of nature, industry, and the polis. ML’s projects connect divergent constituencies with shared environmental concerns, create waterfront narratives ranging from the industrial to the personal, and catalyze the creation of engaged publics. Employing the methodologies of civic hacking, participation, open source, social sculpture, and temporary occupations, our work expands on Lefebvre’s “right to the city” to include its neglected waterways. Mare Liberum is premised on the speculation that water is a commons and the boat as a heterotopia – social platforms that catalyze societal change. We have presented work at Hors Piste 2017 at the Musée d’Art Modèrne de la ville de Paris Centre Pompidou, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Parrish Art Museum, Bureau for Open Culture at MASS MoCA, Neuberger Museum, Maker Faire, the PsyGeoConflux Festival, The New School, Boston Center for the Arts, EFA Project Space, Smack Mellon, Alexandraplatz (Montreal), and the Antique Boat Museum (Clayton, NY), and have been written about in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Bad at Sports, The Village Voice, and Vice Magazine, among others. The collective is currently: Jean Barberis, Ben Cohen, Dylan Gauthier, Arthur Poisson, Sunita Prasad, Kendra Sullivan, and Stephan von Muehlen. For more, visit: http://www.thefreeseas.org.

Mission: 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.

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

EFA Project Space
06/29/2017

EFA Project Space

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

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 De...
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.

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo
02/12/2017

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo
02/11/2017

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo

Mare Liberum is excited to participate in this year's Hors Pistes festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris from Jan 25 - Feb 1...
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.

11/03/2016
Rebel HQ

Rebel HQ

LIKE and SHARE-- Standing Rock Protectors BRUTALIZED By Cops In Standoff #NoDAPL

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas
10/04/2016

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas

Infographic describing the work of Mare Liberum for a publication by Red76, c. 2010.
10/04/2016

Infographic describing the work of Mare Liberum for a publication by Red76, c. 2010.

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo
10/04/2016

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo

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

What's your take on this?
08/12/2016
Unclos: ‘Mare Liberum’ or ‘Mare Clausum’?

What's your take on this?

Over the years, the laws of the sea have tended to ebb and flow with the changing political and economic tides. During the Roman era, the concept of Mare Nostrum governed states’ claims to the sea.

3,300-Mile Journey by 16 Teens, 6 Adults Told in New Book
06/23/2016
3,300-Mile Journey by 16 Teens, 6 Adults Told in New Book

3,300-Mile Journey by 16 Teens, 6 Adults Told in New Book

In 1976, a 37-year-old suburban French teacher led an eight-month trek retracing the 17th century expedition of French explorer Robert de La Salle. Hear about the trip from two who experienced it, including the teacher who led the exhibition, and the author of a new book about the trip.

This Map Shows Where All the Ships Are Buried Underneath San Francisco
06/22/2016
This Map Shows Where All the Ships Are Buried Underneath San Francisco

This Map Shows Where All the Ships Are Buried Underneath San Francisco

San Francisco—on top of everything else, it is literally a ship burial ground. Below, you can see where ships are entombed just below the surface, in addition to what the shores of San Francisco used to look like before it was altered. [media-credit...

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo
06/22/2016

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo
06/22/2016

Mare Liberum | The Free Seas's cover photo

Awesome writeup by our friend and SeaChange companion Claire Voon of Mary Mattingly's Wetland, part of Radical Seafaring...
06/22/2016
A Houseboat for Artistic Eco-experimentation Docks Among Yachts

Awesome writeup by our friend and SeaChange companion Claire Voon of Mary Mattingly's Wetland, part of Radical Seafaring at the Parrish Art Museum, which you can see until July 24.
(Which is about how long you will need to get through the Hamptons traffic if you're leaving now and driving out. Take the train or sail?)

SAG HARBOR, NY — Shortly after the 45-foot-long, angular vessel docked at Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, a mallard settled into a planter affixed to the bow and laid six eggs.

"Mr. de Blasio has promised New Yorkers that ferries will start running on three new routes, serving South Brooklyn, and...
06/15/2016
New York’s $325 Million Gamble on Ferry Service

"Mr. de Blasio has promised New Yorkers that ferries will start running on three new routes, serving South Brooklyn, and Astoria and the Rockaways in Queens, by the end of June 2017, four months before he would stand for re-election."

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan, which includes three new routes by the end of June 2017, would be one of the biggest bets any city in the world has made on boats as vehicles for mass transit.

Thanks Alberto for the heads up.  Yacht Carrier for all the little big yachts out there...or if you need to borrow a few...
06/07/2016
Giant Yacht Carrier Sinks into the Water to Swallow Ships and Then Rises to Transport Them

Thanks Alberto for the heads up. Yacht Carrier for all the little big yachts out there...or if you need to borrow a few at a time.

This is fun. Watch as this yacht carrier, the Super Servant 4, lowers its deck into the water so that tiny yachts and normal yachts and super yachts can all float and steer themselves on the water into their water parking spaces. And then watch the Super Servant 4 rise up and bring all the yachts ou...

Plugging for our boat friend Wes Modes' kickstarter to fund the second season of "A Secret History of American River Peo...
05/23/2016
A Secret History Tennesee River Expedition

Plugging for our boat friend Wes Modes' kickstarter to fund the second season of "A Secret History of American River People." Please support the shantyraft way of life! (PS: ML published an awesome text by Wes about his project in our current broadsheet, which you can download/read here: http://thefreeseas.org/punt/)

An art and history project to uncover the lost stories on the Tennessee River.

Take the train (LIRR) out to the Parrish Museum on Saturday for open studios, Tideland Sessions – talks on the water b...
05/19/2016
Open Studio for Families | Parrish Art Museum

Take the train (LIRR) out to the Parrish Museum on Saturday for open studios, Tideland Sessions – talks on the water by Carl Safina, Courtney M. Leonard, Mary Mattingly, Mare Liberum, Constance Hockaday, and others – and oysters from Southold Project in Aquaculture Training. Check out #RadicalSeafaring and then head to the beach, just a mile or something like that away! Hope you can make it!

In conjunction with Tideland Sessions and the exhibition, Radical Seafaring, a special extended Open Studio for Families will be held from 10 am-1 pm. Please see the information below for the activities at Open Studio. All ages must be accompanied by an adult.

Presenting among so many of our heroes at #TidelandSessions at the Parrish, May 21st, go check it out!
05/13/2016
Tideland Sessions | Parrish Art Museum

Presenting among so many of our heroes at #TidelandSessions at the Parrish, May 21st, go check it out!

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Radical Seafaring, this all-day series of talks and performances unites artists, writers, scientists, and historians in conversations about environmental stewardship with a focus on the regional landscape.

Five Pacific islands vanish from sight as sea levels rise
05/09/2016
Five Pacific islands vanish from sight as sea levels rise

Five Pacific islands vanish from sight as sea levels rise

Solomon Islands are taking the brunt of sea level rise, with five of them already submerged – a picture of what we can expect elsewhere by the end of the century

A Hamptons Museum Shows Seafaring Artworks
05/09/2016
A Hamptons Museum Shows Seafaring Artworks

A Hamptons Museum Shows Seafaring Artworks

In the Hamptons, the Parrish Art Museum is mounting a show dedicated to conceptual and performance artworks on the world’s waters.

Radical Seafaring opens this Sunday at the Parrish in Water Mill, NY, curated by the amazing Andrea Grover. We're so thr...
05/04/2016
Radical Seafaring | Parrish Art Museum

Radical Seafaring opens this Sunday at the Parrish in Water Mill, NY, curated by the amazing Andrea Grover. We're so thrilled to be in this exhibition of radical water based art stretching from experiments of land and conceptual artists of the 1960's to today, and by the incredible list of basically our favorite artists: Bas Jan Ader, Robert Smithson, Bucky Fuller, Ant Farm, Chris Burden, Mark Dion, and dear friends who have inspired our work directly over the years: Swoon, Swimming Cities, Duke Riley, Marie Lorenz, Mary Mattingly, Connie Hockaday... Make a plan to see the show this summer or join us on May 21st for Tidelands Sessions, a one-day conference on oceans and margins at the Parrish, with a workshop by us and a performance by Connie Hockaday!

Truthout
04/26/2016
Truthout

Truthout

As the Solar Impulse 2 made its historic 62-hour flight from Hawaii to California without fuel, pilot Bertrand Piccard personally saw the horrific amount of plastic in our oceans.

Big news for everyone thinking of buying one of those Toll Brothers condos on the Gowanus...
04/26/2016
Riverkeeper

Big news for everyone thinking of buying one of those Toll Brothers condos on the Gowanus...

"This water body which has been so stomped to death for centuries is waiting again for healing to start, that's the tragedy."

Eyewitness News joined Riverkeeper Patrol Captain John Lipscomb along with staff attorney Sean Dixon on the Gowanus Canal – one of the nation's most polluted waterways.

Queensland river bubbling with methane gas set alight by Greens MP
04/25/2016
Queensland river bubbling with methane gas set alight by Greens MP

Queensland river bubbling with methane gas set alight by Greens MP

Part of a Queensland river bubbling with methane gas bursts into flames after being ignited by a Greens MP, who blames nearby coal seam gas operations for the "tragedy in the Murray-Darling Basin".

NancyNowacek's Citizen Bridge over Buttermilk Channel has launched a Kickstarter. Help make this beautiful waterborne in...
04/20/2016
Citizen Bridge: a floating pedestrian bridge

NancyNowacek's Citizen Bridge over Buttermilk Channel has launched a Kickstarter. Help make this beautiful waterborne intervention a real existing "thing" for a time...!

Help us reclaim a long-lost public walkway in the NYC harbor and reconnect to the water

Sea Shepherd Destroys the 'Bandit Six'
04/18/2016
Sea Shepherd Destroys the 'Bandit Six'

Sea Shepherd Destroys the 'Bandit Six'

The anti-poaching organization just set the record for longest high-sea pursuit. They aren't f**king around.

Truthout
04/11/2016
Truthout

Truthout

Climate change and pollution are rendering oceans increasingly lifeless. What happens if there are no more fish in the sea?

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