We Live with Animals

Presented by Van Alen Institute, We Live with Animals is an installation developed by Catherine Seavitt and Denise Hoffman-Brandt that uncovers and compiles surprising tales of human and animal interaction in the city. Join us for an evening of storytelling with performers including artist Aki Sasamoto, 18-time MOTH StorySLAM champion Adam Wade, and multimedia artist Tamar Ettun, to explore the relationship between animals and humans in the urban realm—exotic and domestic, hidden and in plain sight. From a tiger found living in a Harlem apartment to a feral rooster in the Bronx, each story transforms our understanding of nature, provoking new relationships with the animal kingdom and offering access to another world in the midst of the metropolis. Plaques detailing these encounters will be on view at Van Alen Institute’s gallery before being placed on buildings across NYC’s boroughs through a series of tours. This event is presented as part of Performa 13, a biennial festival dedicated to commissioning, presenting, and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines.

This event is part of a week of public programs that kick off Van Alen Institute’s “Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape,” a multi-year inquiry that will explore the experience of escape in the urban environment.

Registration is required, as space will be limited. Register at www.vanalen.org/elsewhere starting Oct. 22.

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Friday, November 15, 2013
    07:00 pm

  • Where: 

    Van Alen Institute
    30 West 22nd Street
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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