WetLab



A NEW CENTER FOR ART-SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
AND CURATORIAL PRACTICE


LED BY PROFESSORS EUGENIA KISIN AND KAREN HOLMBERG
NYU GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY, NEW YORK, NY




RECENT EXHIBITION ON GOVERNORS ISLAND


How do we, as humans, connect to the many bodies that carry and create us?

PHREATIC! is the inaugural teaching exhibition of WetLab, an emerging art-science collective and curatorial laboratory at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Working within the bones of a domestic interior, eight interdisciplinary artists explore symbiotic ecologies and eruptive encounters. Delving into the worlds that live within other worlds, the artists investigate multispecies interactions and earthliness at points of disruption. The exhibition is housed within the New York Virtual Volcano Observatory; like volcanic eruptions, the processes and cycles that the artists explore generate both destruction and renewal.

Works by Brock Riggins and Taylor Burkhead explore contaminated and conflicted landscapes across ecological and cultural histories, while Annick Saralegui works with microbes and the visual languages of bacterial pigments and DNA to convey climate crises and fermented ecologies. Aleyna Weitzner, Rhea Barve, and Kristina Waymire present works that illuminate the intimate homes within nests, shells, and other natural vessels. Jack Helfrich and Emma Waddell create sound art and interactive virtual landscapes to bring forward patterns of symbiosis.

We invite you to sense, wonder, and enjoy the unfolding investigations that reside in this house.

– Ayaka Fujii and Elinor New





WetLab is a growing center for artmaking and curatorial practice that explores the porous boundaries between art and science.

As an alumna-in-residence and Curatorial Fellow, I’ve been working alongside NYU faculty and student artists to develop WetLab’s inaugural exhibition and related programming at the NY Virtual Volcano Observatory on Governors Island.



My work at WetLab includes:



Developing a collaborative curatorial practice with fellow alumna and curator Ayaka Fujii


Participating in an NYU Gallatin Tutorial course
[attending and leading meetings, providing individual and group support to students for their creative projects, contributing to collective syllabus and discussions around the art-science field]


Co-curating a multidisciplinary exhibition of students’ artworks
[Including: budgeting, obtaining materials and equipment, artwork installation, exhibition design, creating didactic texts]


Coordinating the exhibition’s publicity and graphic design
[Including: hiring and guiding graphic designer, website execution, running social media]


Developing and producing programming for the exhibition


Developing a catalogue following the exhibition







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