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HYPERPLACE HARLEM RAISES PUBLIC ART TO NEW HEIGHTS

iParade #2: Hamilton Heights, courtesy LoVid

iParade #2: Hamilton Heights, courtesy LoVid

An arts festival emerges this weekend in Hamilton Heights that considers neighborhood and technology from a new angle. Hyperplace Harlem is a three-day affair with multi-site art activities featuring over 40 contributors exhibiting artworks, speaking on panels, and leading workshops. Helmed by artist duo Kyle Lapidus and Tali Hinkis of LoVid, the inaugural interdisciplinary and tech-adapting art event promises to focus on this dynamic and changing neighborhood, with hubs established at Clayton Williams Community Garden, Tatiana Pages gallery, Maysles Cinema, Aloft Hotel and the DIAP (Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice) space at City College of New York.

Unimaginable Terrain during install

Unimaginable Terrain during install

But what makes it worth the ride up to Hamilton Heights? Several highlights, including LoVid’s iParade #2: Unchanged when Exhumed, a virtual, site-specific tour of the area reflecting on its evolving history. On Saturday (10/2) starting at 11 am, a panel curated by Alexia Welch between artists and area activists will frame the ongoing discussion of the role of artistic practice both within and upon communities. The panel will take place at the DIAP in Shepard Hall (CCNY), and I’d be remiss to not mention Unimaginable Terrain, an on-site exhibit curated by yours truly and fellow City College M.A. candidate Anna Cahn which questions notions of community identity and features performance artist Elan Jurado‘s piece Life Cycle of a Structure, which poignantly contemplates eventual structural decay. Later that day artists EcoArtTech , among others, will lead hands-on biodiversity workshops at Clayton Williams Community Garden from 2pm, and the day will culminate with a reception for the festival at Aloft Harlem hotel from 6 pm.

Clayton Williams Community Garden

Clayton Williams Community Garden, courtesy the artists

Tatiana Pages gallery and the Maysles Cinema alternately take precedent Sunday and Monday, running site-specific programs that appeals to art and film lovers alike. Come and enjoy a new vantage point on your City and immerse yourself in the dynamic and unfairly overlooked energy that is Hamilton Heights in Upper Manhattan. See you there!

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