:: site-specific video installation on hidden urban industry ::
A project by Sarah Nelson Wright
with sound by Jennifer Stock
in the Williamsburg Greenpoint Industrial Zone
On October 9th and 10th, 2009, video projections by Sarah Nelson Wright lit up the industrial facades of three manufacturers with evocative sound design by Jennifer Stock. Captured inside each business, the videos and sounds brought North Brooklyn’s hidden labor onto the public streets.
BROOKLYN MAKES seeks to raise awareness about Brooklyn’s industrial present. Well-run local manufacturing still exists in urban neighborhoods in New York City. The Williamsburg Greenpoint Industrial Business Zone, which may seem deserted to the untrained eye, will be revealed as a dynamic and creative place that fabricates pieces of the world around us and provides employment to local workers, including many new immigrants. Where they might have previously seen a brick wall, viewers will now see a small, innovative business that adds value to their neighborhood.
The local industry that remains in New York City needs public support to resist displacement. The project will raise awareness of local manufacturers and show manufacturing that can coexist with and support sustainable city living, as well as showcase the creative and skilled aspects of manual labor.
CUP (the Center for Urban Pedagogy)
Part of openhousenewyork weekend and Space on Dobbin’s events for Williamsburg Gallery Association’s Every 2:nd Fridays.
Special thanks to…
my Hunter IMA advisers:
Robbin Ami Silverberg
…& of course the employees
North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition