Envisioning Indigenous Futures
Artist Beatrice Glow and The Wayfinding Project have partnered with Alexandre Girardeau of Highway 101, ETC (Experiential Tech Community) to build Mannahatta VR, a virtual reality experience in the HTC Vive which brings together the past and present of one Broadway block given Broadway is part of a vast matrix of Lenape Indigenous trails that connects Manhattan to the broader Northeast region.
This is developed through consultation with Lenape peoples, ecologists, educators and technologists. We ask ourselves how can we expand knowledge of Indigenous Manhattan? What does a sustainable Indigenous future look like? The team also collaborated with NYU Ground Manager George Reis to create a virtual tour of NYU’s native plant gardens. Visit 8 Washington Mews on November 14 or December 12, 2016 to meet Glow and experience Mannahatta VR.
Mannahatta VR is a supplement to Lenapeway, an installation that will be on 24-hour view in the street-level windows of 715 Broadway (at Washington Place) from October 10 (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) to December 9. The location of the installation, which is viewable from the sidewalk 24/7 and is cosponsored by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, marks the intersection of the main Lenape trail and a side-trail that traverses through present-day Washington Square Park.