3 Beekman Street
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 11:30 am
Community Free Day
Limited space, reservations recommended (please use link above)
About the Program
Children ages 5 and older and their families join teaching artist Amanda Long in exploring the themes of energy, entropy, and cycles in the work of Dia artists such as Robert Smithson, Joseph Beuys, and John Chamberlain through a short tour and interactive workshop.
In Robert Smithson's essay Monuments of the Passaic (1967) he describes entropy by saying:
“Picture in your mind's eye the sandbox divided half with black sand on one side and white sand on the other. We take a child and have him run hundreds of times clockwise in the box until the sand gets mixed and begins to turn grey; after that we have him run anti-clockwise, but the result will not be the restoration of the original division but a greater degree of greyness and an increase in entropy.”
What are different types of energy? How do you make energy? Using materials such as copper, felt, and zinc, workshop attendants will have the chance to explore these questions by experimenting with conductors, insulators, and building a fruit or vegetable battery that powers a light or clock in the Dia:Beacon Learning Lab. Interested participants will also have the chance practice Smithson’s sandbox entropy lesson.
About the teaching artist
Amanda Long is a sculptor investigating light, color, perception and the abstraction of the human form through technology. Her work has been exhibited at Bring to Light NYC, the Dumbo Arts Festival, the Mattress Factory Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Amanda received a MFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University, a BFA in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology from Tulane University. Recently, she developed a traveling interactive video installation, White Light, for young audiences in Pennsylvania, sponsored by a Spark Grant from the Sprout Foundation. Presently Amanda lives and works in Long Island City, NY and is a production assistant at Art21. For more information visit www.amandalong.org.