TRYST (Clarinda Mac Low with Carolyn Hall and Paul Benney)

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Sunk Shore
TRYST [Clarinda Mac Low, Carolyn Hall, and Paul Benney]


Collaborative floor painting and single channel video of Manhattan waterways, with Eve Mosher


TRYST is a fluid collective of multidisciplinary artists and scientists that uses a combination of on-the-spot improvisation, meticulous design, and careful historical research to create interactive experiments that investigate social constructs and corporeal experience. Current TRYST members include Carolyn Hall, a historical marine ecologist and professional contemporary dancer, and TRYST co-founders, Clarinda Mac Low (a cross-disciplinary and socially engaged artist and microbiologist) and Paul Benney (a visual artist, choreographer, and gym teacher).


Sea levels are rising, and New York City is surrounded by a series of complex waterways. The borders of Manhattan Island have been expanded by landfill and scavenged soil from construction, covering over creeks and streams. Marshes have been drained and filled and formed into streets. Lower Manhattan has been especially transformed. During Hurricane Sandy the highest flood tide came up to the level of the pre-contact Manhattan island, a premonition of what’s to come. When the water rises again, what will the tip of Manhattan become? Sunk Shore embodies and invents the new watery reality through observation, physical adventure, and a series of pop-up interactive shared imaginings of a future existence.


TRYST will lead Sunk Shore tours around Lower Manhattan, leaving from 3LD on the following dates:

June 16: 5:30 p.m.
June 17: 5:30 p.m.
June 18: 3:30 p.m.