FLOW Fort Knox
We will creatively explore the deep roots of the historic site of Fort Knox as well as its unique architectural features of Fort Knox and nearby Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, all with an ecological focus in mind. An array of artists, scientists, historians and local cultural groups have been invited to participate and collaborate to create a multi-sensory / multi-perspective experience in Fort Knox. Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Sound, New Media, Projection Mapping, and many other hybrid art forms will be included in FLOW 2017. More details can be found at www.flowfortknox.com.
Fort Knox, a Civil War era fort that never saw battle, serves as a truly inspiring subject with its rich history near the mouth of the Penobscot Bay. The Penobscot River is the longest and most extensive river in the state of Maine and is home to the Penobscot Nation.
This year’s event is in collaboration with Intercreate.org, host of SCANZ 2017 Ocean + Energy an international biennial. Intercreate is an organization exploring projects at the juncture of art, science, culture, and technology. Last year’s event took place at the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor ME and this year’s FLOW Fort Knox event will take place on June 24th, 2017 at the historic Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Prospect ME, across the Penobscot River from Bucksport ME. This event has been sponsored in part by grants from the University of Maine College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund and the University of Maine Humanities Center.
About the Coaction Lab • www.coactionlab.org
The Coaction Lab is dedicated to the compulsive exploration of un/stable relationships between organisms, environments, and technology; examining site-specific histories, stories, and inspiration. We analyze the symbiotic worlds of bio & ecological art, biomimicry, interactive systems, 2D & 3D prototyping, biosensors and multi-sensory data translation. This is an array of constantly evolving investigations into the myriad collisions of life and technology. Within the borders of the University, this lab which is dedicated to collaboration between the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences, has begun new partnerships with the schools of Marine Sciences, Molecular & Bio Sciences, Engineering, Art & Theatre. Outside the University, we have begun collaborations with the City of Bangor Water District, Bigelow Labs, The Maine Science Festival, the University of Sussex in Great Britain and with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. The lab develops ways for students to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom both locally, nationally and internationally, by establishing connections between their research agendas and the needs/missions of individuals, ecosystems, and organizations in need.
About Intercreate / SCANZ • www.intercreate.org.
SCANZ has been occurring every two years since 2006. There was a residency in Aotearoa New Zealand in March this year, an event is planned for Canberra in June and after Fort Knox, there is a project in Osaka followed by a wrap-up event in the Waikato region of New Zealand, in December. The critical issues of water and flow are part of an international dialogue of concerned individuals and peoples.