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Sep 20, 2019 10:00 AM - Sep 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Adam Vačkář Recyclotron: A Manhattan ride for a healthy planet

Join Artists Alliance Inc., in collaboration with Bike New York and the Czech Center New York, on a ride through Manhattan’s ecological landscape, designed and led by Prague-based artist Adam Vačkář.


Special one day exhibit at Czech Center New York Gallery
Friday, September 20, 2019, 10am-6pm 

Come get a preview of Adam Vačkář's special project before the big ride around Manhattan on Saturday!
On view at the Czech Center Gallery for ONLY one day.

Recyclotron: A Manhattan ride for a healthy planet
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 5pm
Meeting: Corner of Water and Fletcher streets
Ride Length: 8 miles

Through the first half of the 20th century, New York’s surrounding ocean served as the city’s primary site  for waste disposal. “At one point, as much as 80% of New York’s garbage ended up out at sea; however, in what was surely its most enduring waste management initiative, New York City used some of its garbage (mostly ash, rubble, and other debris) to create artificial land, thereby increasing its own size.” (Guardian, Max Galka, 27 Oct 2016).

Using the “original” shoreline of Lower Manhattan as a starting point, Vačkář will lead riders along the perimeter of 1600’s New York. Eventually extending onto artificial land, Manhattan’s existing shore, the group will travel between predetermined stopping points, providing occassion for collective reflection, conversation, and performance. 

At each stop, participants will be asked to wear garments, designed and produced by the artist, constructed with plastic waste (hygienically cleaned plastic bags collected from trash). Adorned in recycled waste,  several riders will be asked to recite a dadaist poem (composed, in real-time, by the artist with the help of an algorithm) formed using of names of chemical substances found in common toiletries (ie. sunscreen, hand sanitizer, shampoo, etc). In addition to a roaming performance, Vačkář will lead participants in a discussion on the relationship between design, ecology, and recycling. 

As with much of his practice, Vačkář’s ride intends to emphasize the urgency of environmental consciousness and the ways in which such an awareness can be achieved through something as simple as a bike ride. Following the ride, the artist will produce a small edition of posters featuring the poems composed and recited by participants during the ride.

More information and register HERE 


Adam Vačkář was born in Prague, in 1979. Vačkář’s work focuses on the development of new materialism caused by production for mass society; devastation caused by industrialization; technologies of mass production and distribution; the transformation of living tissue into a plastic medium; and the transformation of landscapes. He is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, in Paris, and was later an artist-in-residence at the Palais de Tokyo. His work have been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou Metz, Palais de Tokyo, Bucharest Triennial, Prague Triennial, City Gallery Prague, National Gallery in Prague, Art Basel -Statements and Film, Cologne Kunstverein, Museum Morsbroich, among others. www.adamvackar.com




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From: Sep 20, 2019 10:00 AM
To: Sep 21, 2019 12:00 AM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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