Photos from Bettina Johae’s May 19 Bike Tour!

8 Jun

Bettina Jojae’s “eminent domain: Brooklyn” bike tour on May 19 was a huge success! Read more about it at our Past Events page.



Exhibition Photos by Rick Schwab

13 May

All photos by Rick Schwab unless otherwise indicated

Check out our new “Past Events” page for coverage of our April 28 events!

13 May

I am pleased to report our April 28 events were a big success! Three artists/arts groups presented innovative community events around the themes of public space, public parks, and play. Artist/activist Triada Samaras led a brainstorming/mural-making session around the future use of the “Public Place” brownfield in Gowanus. Circle Rules Federation re-defined the idea of a tournament by leading a new type of football game out in the park, complete with costumes and a horn-player. Kat Schneck dared the public to stop for a few minutes and “daydream” by lying on a towel and watching the sky. All events were well-attended and fun, not to mention thought-provoking!

Check out a full summary and links to photos and press coverage at our new PAST EVENTS page!

Make sure to also visit our press page for complete links to our ongoing press coverage.

Here are a few highlights below from the “Public Voice, Public Dream” workshop:

Participants of all ages work on collages to envision a future for “Public Place.”

A young participant’s vision for “Public Place”

Triada Samaras reports that her “Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space” workshop has led to an ongoing effort to engage community members in critical discussion around the Public Place site (see below update from Triada):

“Due to the great success of our Free Public Place art/activist workshop last Saturday at the Old Stone House with the Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space exhibition, we are starting a new feature at our CORD blog.

We plan to exhibit one “Free Public Place” artwork per day from this workshop, complete with the explanation by the artist.  This art work will also be posted to our Free Public Place Facebook page, where the public can continue to weigh in with YOUR ideas and thoughts for Public Place after the EPA Superfund Clean-up. 

All ideas are welcome!  And please remember to read the lovely write up about our event at Pardon Me for Asking.  Katia writes,  “Perhaps they (these artists) could teach City Planning a thing or two?”

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Check out the latest photos and press from our opening!

12 Apr

Thank you to everyone who came to the April 5 “Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space” opening reception and artist talks! We attracted some great crowds, as well as some attention from the press:

The L Magazine

Pardon Me for Asking (also picked up by Brownstoner and Curbed!)

See the photos from the opening on our Facebook page, thanks to Media Converged!! (Don’t forget to “like” both pages!). We’ll post some highlights directly here soon!

And if you missed the opening festivities, simply save the dates for all our upcoming events!



New press!

27 Mar

A new article in the Brooklyn Paper by Aaron Short previews the show, describing some of its “intriguing ideas:”

Send us YOUR Brooklyn Utopias and Park Spaces/Play Spaces, and virtual skywriting!

26 Mar

We are pleased to introduce a few new ways to get involved with Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space:


Send YOUR Brooklyn Utopia or YOUR favorite park space/play space
Through our new partnership with Media Converged, we are now inviting the public to engage with the exhibit, by asking for submissions – “What is your Brooklyn Utopia?” or “What is your favorite Park Space or Play Space?” Entries consist of: photographs, video clips and poetry.  Entries will be accepted via our facebook page Brooklyn Utopias, our pinterest page and featured on here. You may also email submissions to lara@mediaconverged.comfor inclusion on the blog. We also welcome people to follow our exhibit on twitter with hashtag #brooklynutopias, and pinterest.

Submit a virtual skywriting drawing or message
As part of our Kickstarter campaign artist Will Pappenheimer will take the first 20 drawings for a $5 pledge or more that will be the first to be drawn in the virtual sky above the Old Stone House and Washington Park area! They will be part of the launch of his Brooklyn Utopias, Park Space, Play Space augmented reality park project for smartphones/ipads, Sky Mills:

After you pledge: Instructions are easy: Use a sheet of paper scanned or photographed or a drawing program (like Photoshop) or make a simple line drawing or word sequence in a square area. Send it as a JPEG to the artist Will Pappenheimer at with subject heading “Brooklyn Utopias Sky Drawing” and he will convert it into virtual airplane trails for the sky by the opening on April 5. See below for a sample image of what the virtual skywriting will look like! If you pledge $10 or more and select this gift, you will also automatically receive free admission to our Patrons’ Reception at 6:30 on April 5.

Artwork preview from our upcoming exhibition!

15 Mar