June 22, 2019

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kings County Hospital Center, 451 Clarkson Avenue, NY 11203. Check-in begins at 12:30 pm in Room CG-95, located in the C-Building. Entrance: Clarkson Ave. near East 37th Street

This program is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited, please register by calling (929) 219-3713 or email Lab@nolongerempty.org.

In the workshop New Earth Ceremony, Tattfoo Tan will guide participants through the meaning of an altar, its objects, and elements. We will collaboratively build an altar based on the design of Kolam, a form of floor painting with natural and synthetic powders in Sri Lanka, parts of India, Goa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand as well as other Asian countries. Kolam are used for holidays and special events as decoration, to bring prosperity, welcome deities and drive away evil spirits, among other purposes.

Participants are asked to bring and share a personal memento that represents them with the group. 

Tattfoo Tan is a Staten Island-based artist who collaborates with the public on issues relating to ecology, sustainability, and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral and educational in nature. Tattfoo writes “When we know who we are and why are here, we will be grounded and able to engage in the play of the universe. We will be able to see the invisible thread that link our internal decisions (thinking, action, feeling) to our external decisions that affect our food, job, health, housing, human rights, and ecology. Through this process, we will transform the egocentric “i” to the love supreme “I AM.” Although participants will not be transformed in a single ceremony, a seed will be planted.”

New Earth Ceremony is organized as part of (after)care, a site-responsive exhibition that re-envisions a former emergency waiting room as a site of remembrance, possibility, and celebration of radical care. (after)care is curated by the 2019 NLE Lab.

The 2019 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, with in-kind support from Materials for the Arts, Paper Monument and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.

Image: Tatfoo Tan, New Earth Altar, 2019.  Courtesy of the artist