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9 September 2009 No Comment

There is so much happening on Governors Island over the next two weekends! First, the New Island Festival kicks off this Thursday, bringing site-specific theatre from the Netherlands to the island, with a 400-foot long table at the center of the action. Then there’s Pioneers of Change, an exhibition of Dutch Design curated by Droog. Plus there’s the Archeological Dig, an exploration of the island’s history. And the Governors Island Art Fair, curated by 4Heads. See below for full information.

FIGMENT will be activating the City of Dreams for the festival with music, light art, and performance, with special guests Conscious Cycle 451, the Glass Bead Collective, and many others.

Come out and join us on the island! See below for full details…

FIGMENT at the New Island Festival

FIGMENT will be activating our City of Dreams Sculpture Garden and Mini-Golf Course for both weekends of the New Island Festival (September 12-13 and 19-20) with free music, light art and projections, and performance. Since the island will be open until 11pm throughout the festival, we’re even planning to open the City of Dreams at night on both Saturdays, with lighting by Chris Jordan and Zuvuya Collective.

Conscious Cycle 451 will be returning to the island for both weekends, and Glass Bead Collective will be joining us on Saturday, September 12.

Follow this link for the latest on FIGMENT at the New Island Festival: http://figmentnyc.org/newisland.

SATURDAY SEPT. 12th : noon – 11 pm
MUSICAL MASALA, curated by FIGMENT and Friends
Today, FIGMENT presents a NYC melting pot of sounds and grooves from all eras and cultures. Four diverse crews from the extended FIGMENT family tree cook a buffet of sounds and beats, from lost Northern Soul classics to unknown experiments in live collaborative audio to 21st century currents in house and breaks, and all styles in between… featuring music by Amoeba, Conscious Cycle 451, Pure Fire, and Kind Recordings. VJ ID of Z Collective will be mixing live video throughout the night at the main stage.

In addition, at Glass Bead Collective will be projecting on their inflatable tonight, with a noise tribute to 9/11 from 8-9pm, with audio by Josh Slusher and video by Glass Bead Collective/Vlad T, then from 9-11pm, “Psychodelic History” – a live immersive DJ/VJ set in the inflatable, with audio by Dr. littlefish and video by Vlad T.

SUNDAY SEPT. 13 : noon – 6 pm
THE SPACE HAUS CONSORTIUM, curated by Zemi17 (resident DJ at The Danger events)
A dreamy afternoon of Spacey House Music, Floating Techno and Warm Minimal Live PAs into the sunset, with Zemi17 (theDanger / Gamelatron) Live Set, Jon Margulies (HoboTech / Dub Spot), Bubbly Fish Live 8bit set on Gameboys, Ezekiel Honig (Anticipate), and Thomas Hildebrand (Microcosm Music)

SATURDAY SEPT. 19th : noon – 11 pm
The world of beats presented by Lenny Dee (special techno set), DJ Odi (drum and bass / jungle), CX Kidtronik (hip hop/electro/breaks ), Driver & Fury8 (dubstep/dub), Warper crew (live electronics and instruments), and more TBA. Projections by SEEJ and friends.

SUNDAY SEPT. 20th : NOON – 6 pm
UNDERandABOVE PRESENTS, curated by Rhiannon (Subatomic)
A day tracing the deepest rhythms inspired by NYC and the Hudson River region, from indigenous to dub to old school hip hop, along with live art, green education, and more.


created by Dutch artists

400 years ago, the Dutch arrived on Governors Island. From September 10-20, THEY’RE BACK, for two weeks of mind-blowing theater, music, and art from The Netherlands. All of the island will be the stage for more than 150 artists who will utilize the waterfront promenade, historic homes, barracks, and open green spaces for site-specific performances. And, in a first for Governors Island, the island will be open to the public until midnight for the eight days of the festival! Visit http://newislandfestival.com for the full program and more info.

FIGMENT is very pleased to be a co-presenter of the festival. As usual, the island will be free to visit, and some of the performances will be free. Others will require a modest admission fee. If you’re interested in coming out for the day and checking out a number of performances, it’s best to buy a passport. Through FIGMENT, you can get a $35 one-day passport for $28, through this link:



a fascinating archaeological site uncovered last winter during reconstruction on Governors Island.

Join a team of archaeologists and explore the remnants of one of the oldest settlements in New York City. Dating back nearly four centuries, this small village was the only civilian community on the military island. Its few remaining inhabitants were forced to evacuate in the 1950s and the town had since been forgotten, until demolition workers accidentally stumbled onto the site.



a festival of Dutch design, fashion, and architecture

Also on the island, in eleven houses in Nolan Park, will be Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on New York’s Governors Island to celebrate 400 years of Dutch-American friendship. Visitors can listen and debate, watch and participate, relax and think, eat and drink, play their music, be inspired, connect and, simply, enjoy. They can also shop at the pop up store of affordable Dutch design ware, all under 100 dollars.



a different type of art fair

The Governors Island Art Fair presented by the 4heads Collective, is a different type of art fair – an event organized entirely by artists. Believing that artists know how their work looks best, the 4heads Collective provides space to independent artists and galleries who may then exhibit their work as they see fit.


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