R&D ~ Art which Floats

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art on waterways

Below are some art projects that caught my eye because of the way they explore vessels and waterways – including junk vessels, data collection labs and floating culture venues. Click on vessel icons to get to the project websites.

Marie Lorenz
builds boats that she uses to ferry people through New York City waterways. Lorenz "continues the narrative of uncharted exploration, a formative mythology that is currently cast away from contemporary daily experience." Her vessels and voyages allow us to review our surroundings from an uncertain perspective.

 Flood Tide. a film by Todd Chandler.
Flood Tide is a road movie on a river. It tells the story of four musicians who create extraordinary boats out of ordinary junk and set out for open water, fueled by dreams, desperation and a sense of adventure.

Floating Neutrinos
First Scrap Raft to cross the North Atlantic Ocean.

SWOON. The Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea
Junk rafts crafted from construction site cast-offs and recycled scraps, these eclectic floats are a cross between a stage-ship and art-raft.

Time's Up Boating Association (TUBA)
A loose affiliation of boating practitioners based around the group Time’s Up in Linz, Austria, including Austrian AiR Franx Xaver and his boat lab Franz Feigl, and David Moises, who developed the Camping-Glocke.

Tapio Mäkelä. M.A.R.I.N.
M.A.R.I.N. is a networked residency and research initiative, integrating artistic and scientific research on ecology of the marine and cultural ecosystems.
  MS Stubnitz
The MS Stubnitz is an 80m former fish trawler originating from Rostock Germany. The ship has been rebuilt into a unique, autonomous, travelling art and culture platform. One of the main goals of the MS Stubnitz is to conduct research within cultural and subcultural circuits and to document this. It was originally conceived as a nomadic lab and venue in 1992.
Child of Poseidon. Kanuclub zur Erforschung der Stadt. Birgit auf der Lauer und Caspar Pauli
UK waterways:
  Habitat by Tania Kovats
The Boat Project by Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters
The Floating Cinema by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie
  Swan Down by Andreas Kötting and Iain Sinclair
Slipstreaming by Miss Paris and Graeme Miller
  Slow Boat by IKON Youth Group