Ginger Island is an uninhabited island in the Caribbean, part of the British Virgin Islands, where George Maciunas wanted to start a Fluxus artist colony and build a unique city in the late 1960ties. His plan was to buy the island and give pieces of land to Fluxus artists for development.

Together with friends such as artists Milan Knizák, Yoshi Wada and actor Robert De Niro, Maciunas traveled to Ginger Island in 1969 to explore it before making the final decision about acquisition. This trip is surrounded by various legends and urban myths, involving encounters with the police and with poisonous trees growing on the island. The experience was rather traumatic; the visitors suffered from temporary blindness and swollen limbs. In the end, for a variety of reasons Maciunas never acquired the island and a Fluxus artist colony was never established there. The island is still uninhabited and the only visitors are fishermen and divers.

The Ginger Island Project include an exhibition at the Emily Harvey Foundation of work by a group of artists directly or indirectly relating to the Ginger Island trip, a film installation at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and a sound project at a pop-up venue in SoHo/Chinatown. In the project Ginger Island becomes a metaphor for dreams, aspirations, blindness, visions and creativity.

Venues

Red Egg / 202 Centre Street / New York / NY 10013
Sound Project and DJ sets by Marina Rosenfeld. DJ sets by Raz Mesinai & Japanster Friday, November 11, 11pm – 2am

Emily Harvey Foundation / 537 Broadway / New York / NY 10012
Amy Granat, Sissel Kardel, Milan Knizák, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Lisa Oppenheim, Jeffrey Perkins & Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. Opening reception Saturday, November 12, 5pm- 9pm On view November 12 – 26. For an appointment call 917 319 0614

Storefront for Art and Architecture / 97 Kenmare Street / New York /  NY 10012
Milan Knizák and Jonas Mekas / On view November 11 – 13, 11 am to 6 pm

Presented as part of Performa 11, the fourth edition of visual art performance biennial in New York City (November 1-21, 2011). Performa is a non profit multidisciplinary arts organisation established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004 dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

Thanks to Performa 11 for the info.