New York

Fiona Templeton

Art on the Beach

For the past several summers Creative Time, Inc., has presented an installation-and-performance program on the Battery Park City landfill, a Nelson Rockefeller-era dream which will eventually house some 30,000 new downtown New Yorkers. This odd, urban, ersatz beach—acres of empty, sandy flats—is an imposing location, and some invited artists have simply marked off an area for their artwork or performance and allowed the unusual ambience to function as an atypical backdrop spicing up typical work. Other artists have been more provocative, mapping out and presenting site-specific pieces for this most singular of art sites. In the summer’s performance series, Fiona Templeton’s Poverty, Fantasy, and Information: Part 1—Defense was a particularly ambitious attempt to exploit this incongruous environment. Twenty repetitive activities, carried out by a cast of some 60 performers, were distributed

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