ELLIE NEW

curator . writer . producer
Installation view of "Rotten Sink" by Rhea Barve and Kris Waymire. Photo by Emma Comrie

Alumna-in-Residence Curatorial Fellow

2020–2021
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




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 worked alongside my co-curator Ayaka Fujii, NYU faculty, and student artists to develop WetLab’s inaugural exhibition and related programming at the NY Virtual Volcano Observatory on Governors Island in May and June 2021. We’re currently working towards the completion of an exhibition catalog to document the exhibition and reflect the development of our collaborative curatorial process over the 2020-2021 academic year.







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 Krist 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







My work at WetLab included:


Developing a collaborative curatorial practice with fellow alumna and curator Ayaka Fujii
[Including: weekly meetings, project management, initiating and running twice-weekly “open sessions” discussions with artists, individual artist meetings, co-writing]

Participating in an NYU Gallatin Tutorial course
[Including: 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, writing didactic texts]


Coordinating the exhibition’s publicity and graphic design
[Including: hiring and collaborating with graphic designer, website building on WordPress and Squarespace, generating Instagram content and engagement, writing publicity text, extending invitations to NYU and Governors Island community members]


Developing and producing programming for the exhibition [Including: live music, artist-led activities, refreshments, curators’ talk, impromptu exhibition tours]

Developing a catalogue following the exhibition
[in progress]