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The Coaction Lab presents: FLOW Fort Knox

The Coaction Lab presents:
FLOW Fort Knox
@ Fort Knox, Prospect ME
Saturday, June 24th from 3pm to 11pm
(rain date: Sunday, June 25th same time)
Free Event / Open to All Ages
Free Round Trip Shuttle Bus from Orono & Bangor to Fort Knox
Onsite Parking - $5 per vehicle

FLOW is an event series produced by the Coaction lab in association with the Intermedia MFA and New Media undergraduate programs at the University of Maine and in collaboration with the Friends of Fort Knox. This event series is focused on water as a precious resource that connects and supports the diverse range of living systems on our planet. This year's event is in collaboration with Intercreate.org, host of SCANZ 2017 Ocean + Energy an international biennial. Intercreate is an organization exploring projects at the juncture of art, science, culture and technology. Last year's event took place at the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor ME and this year's FLOW Fort Knox event will take place on June 24th 2017 at the historic Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Prospect ME, across the Penobscot river from Bucksport ME. This event has been sponsored in part by grants from the University of Maine College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund and the University of Maine Humanities Center.

Fort Knox, a civil war era fort that never saw battle, serves as a truly inspiring subject with it’s rich history near the mouth of the Penobscot bay. The Penobscot river is the longest and most extensive river in the state of Maine and is home to the Penobscot Nation. We will creatively explore the deep roots of this historic site as well as the unique architectural features of Fort Knox and nearby Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, all with an ecological focus in mind. An array of artists, scientists, historians and local cultural groups have been invited to participate and collaborate to create a multi-sensory / multi-perspective experience. Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Sound, New Media, Projection Mapping and many other hybrid art forms will be included in FLOW 2017.

Participating Artists Include:
Michell Bezik, Joline Blais, Ryan Hart, Wade Warman, Ali Asgar, Stanley Levitsky, Amanda Quiring, Susan Smith, Derek Smith, Jim Winters, J.P. Werner, Ava Werner, Gene A. Felice II, Eleanor Kipping, Nate Aldrich, Steve Norton, Leslie Ross, Celeste Roberge, Tara Law, David Allen, Owen Smith

More details can be found at: www.flowfortknox.com


The Coaction Lab is dedicated to the compulsive exploration of un/stable relationships between organisms, environments and technology; examining site specific histories, stories and inspiration. We analyze the symbiotic worlds of bio & ecological art, biomimicry, interactive systems, 2D & 3D prototyping, biosensors and multi-sensory data translation. This is an array of constantly evolving investigations into the myriad collisions of life and technology. Within the borders of the University, this lab which is dedicated to collaboration between the Arts, Humanities and Sciences, has begun new partnerships with the schools of Marine Sciences, Molecular & Bio Sciences, Engineering, Art & Theatre. Outside the University, we have begun collaborations with the City of Bangor Water District, Bigelow Labs, The Maine Science Festival, the University of Sussex in Great Britain and with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. The lab develops ways for students to get hands on experience outside of the classroom both locally, nationally and internationally, by establishing connections between their research agendas and the needs / missions of individuals, ecosystems and organizations in need.

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