Seeking to displace the myth of “the purchase of Manhattan,” The Wayfinding Project, part installation, part experiment in virtual and augmented reality, and part collaborative research project, closes with a showcase of its findings. Using technologies, both time-tested and cutting edge, the project, a collaboration between Artist-in-Residence Beatrice Glow and Jack Tchen, aims to reconstruct the pre-1609 Lenape Trail (present-day Broadway)—just one of many waterways and pathways created by the first peoples of the area to trade and travel. Glow and her collaborators, including students in the NYU course “Indigenous Futures | Decolonizing NYC,” share their research on Indigenous NYC history and the process of creating virtual reality and augmented reality elements for the installation.
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Beatrice Glow is an interdisciplinary artist whose work uncovers invisible, suppressed stories that lie in the geopolitical shadows of colonialism and migration. Her practice comprises of sculptural installations, trilingual publishing, participatory performances and lectures, and experiential technologies.
Glow is the recipient of the 2015 Van Lier Visual Art Fellowship at Wave Hill and was named a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Finalist. In 2014, she was awarded a Franklin Furnace Fund grant to create the Floating Library—a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship on the Hudson River. As a 2008-9 Fulbright Scholar, she traveled to Peru to pursue a research-creation project retracing “coolie” geographies.
Glow is a Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ Council Member, and previously was Artist-in-Residence at the LES Studio Program at Artists Alliance Inc. Her most recent activities include Aromérica Parfumeur, a solo exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile (2016); The Wayfinding Project at the A/P/A Institute at NYU (2016); Rhunhattan at Wave Hill (2015); and a lecture performance as part of Asia Contemporary Art Week’s Field Meeting Take 2 at the Venice Biennale (2015). She holds a BFA in Studio Art from NYU.
Beatrice Glow in collaboration with Highway 101, ETC, The Wayfinding Project, 2016. Screenshot of virtual reality experience.