• A Liberum Punt on the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, 2015
  • SeaChange 2014: We All Live Downstream, 2014
  • Mystery Tour to Tugboat Graveyard/Arthur Kill with Flux Factory & Marie Lorenz, 2010
  • Launch of the Massicot, a Paper Skiff, Clayton, NY, 2012
  • Down the St. Lawrence: 100 Miles in a Paper Skiff, 2012
  • Mare Liberum Boat Shop at Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY
  • Liberum Kayak (Bamboo, Zipties, Museum Vinyl) Workshop at MASS MoCA, 2011
  • Mystery Tour to Tugboat Graveyard/Arthur Kill with Flux Factory & Marie Lorenz, 2010
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News from the Free Seas

By Dylan

Or, the Other Island / Mare Liberum at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard

Join us for a public talk and opening reception for Mare Liberum's exhibition at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, "or, The Other Island." Members of the collective Mare Liberum will present an artist talk on their work in relation to participatory explorations of impacted regional waterways. As a companion talk, scholar, artist and activist Max Liboiron will discuss the science of marine plastics and citizen science tools she has developed to make plastics apparent and "charismatic." Plastics have been found in every ocean in the world. Over 90% of these plastics are smaller than a

By thefreeseas

2015 COAL Prize Finalists

We are pleased to announce that our project, "Mergitur sed Regurgitat" has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 COAL Prize for Art and Sustainability. The award will be presented on September 17th in Paris. More info on the COAL site. About the COAL Prize: In a multidisciplinary and innovative spirit, COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on social and environmental issues and supports the creation of artwork, creating awareness and implements concrete solutions through exhibitions, events, the Coal Art & Environment Prize, and intelligence

By Dylan

Haverford Critical Making Seminar & The Schuylkill Punt

In May, Mare Liberum was invited to lead a workshop for faculty and students at Haverford College, by Laura McGrane of the Hurford Center for the Humanities and Anthropology Professor Josh Moses. We were delighted to work with Josh over the course of the semester to create materials to accompany his course Do It Yourself (DIY) Movements and American Environmentalisms.  We met with students several times via Skype and planned the construction of a small punt, a common boat for river and canal exploration (and a nod to the punting teams of English universities). Arriving at Haverford on May Day, we first met

By thefreeseas

Hypergeist covers SeaChange (video)

The Troy-based media and creative studio Hypergeist worked alongside the ML crew in Troy and put together this amazing video as a send-off for our trip down the river: We All Live Downstream from HYPERGEIST on Vimeo.   seachange2014.tumblr.com August 30 - September 14, 2014 Featuring: Gabriella Cebada Mora, Addison Vawters, Ellen Foster, Dylan Gauthier, Elizabeth Press, Jean Barberis, Sylvie Brown, Sunita Prasad, Kevin Buckland, Amaranta Herrero, & Bill Music:

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SeaChange: We All Live Downstream

SeaChange: We All Live Downstream is a participatory voyage down the Hudson River in small boats made of paper – initiated by Brooklyn-based boatbuilding collective Mare Liberum and global climate change activists 350.org.   We will be launching in Troy, NY on August 31, and landing in New York City in mid-September. Along the way we will be convening community assemblies and artistic collaborations to share stories of resistance and resilience – strengthening local networks and collectively planning future collaborations. We will visit sites of existing and planned destructive infrastructure as well as sustainability projects. We will end with a circumnavigation of Manhattan and a press conference

 

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Artur Poisson

Foreign Agent / Poisson

Artiste. Based in

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Sunita Prasad

Sunita Prasad is a New York City based artist. Her projects employ methods of visual translation such as

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Jean Barberis

Jean Barberis is a maker, an artist, and a curator but he rarely makes a distinction between the various

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Ben Cohen

Co-Founder

Benjamin Cohen is a co-founder of Mare Liberum as well as an industrial designer, amateur boat-builder, sometimes-curator, and

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Stephen von Muehlen

Co-Founder

Stephan von Muehlen is Brooklyn-based designer, builder, and artist whose work attempts to combine sustainable practice with craft

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Kendra Sullivan

Kendra Sullivan is a writer, publisher, artist, and boat-maker living in Brooklyn. She works at the Center for the

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Dylan Gauthier

Co-Founder

Dylan Gauthier is a Brooklyn-based artist (writer, curator, educator, boatbuilder, media activist). His works take the form of

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With Gratitude To:

Arthur Poisson, Anna Larson, Brie Ruais, Cecily Anderson, Meryl O’Connor, Martina Mrongovius, Connie Hockaday, Marie Lorenz, Adam Katzman, Zaria Forman, Angela Conant, Sierra Pettengil, Emily Sandusky, Duke Riley, Paula Segal, Patrick Kiley, Christin Ripley, James Voorhies, Nate Padavick, Susan Cross, Cassandra Troyan, James Parrot III, Matt Cassity, Juliana Driever, Emmett Smith, Nick Normal, Matt Levy, Meg Keys, Orian McNeil, Richard Kriddle, Michelle Levy, Sally Szwed, Kevin Buckland, Amaranta Herrero, Andrea Rollefson, Andrea Kimmich-Keyser, Coach Ed Kennedy, Tianna Kennedy, Dana Gulley, Riverkeeper, Alex Scrimgeour, Wendell Seitz, North Brooklyn Boat Club, Red Hook Boaters, Gowanus Dredgers, Inwood Canoe Club, Ossining Boat and Canoe Club, The Staats, A’yen Tran, Jeff Stark, George Graham, Greg Mihalko, Jason Viseltear, Josh Weinstein, Haley Hughes, Sam Gould, Jens Rasmussen, Willis Elkins, Rosalyn Ruiz, Patterson Beckwith, Fung Lim, Mark Anderson, Radhika Subramaniam, Edward Morris, Susannah Sayler, Elizabeth Rush, Galen Joseph-Hunter, Tom Rowe, Ellen Driscoll, Tom O’Dowd, Gail Buckland, Susan Rogers, Maximillian Goldfarb, Jesse Karch, Dylan Latimer, Everett Cox, Laurie Husted, Gypsy Guillen Kaiser, Mario Kaiser, Alaina Taylor, Raquel de Anda, Rachel Sturgis, Beka Economopoulos, kt tierney, Azuré and Christian, Mark @ Haven, Enez Paganuzzi, Alexis Bhagat, Stephanie Loveless, Stephanie Rabins, Lindsea Kemp-Wilbur, Elizabeth Knafo, Paul Lloyd Sargent, Jen Kaminski, Artur Jupiter, David Borton, Amanda “Dez” Menendez, Susan Rutman, Bleakley McDowell, Sara McMillan, Brindalyn Webster Chen, Georgia Muenster, Michael Arcega, Rachel Bacon, Gabriela Basterra, Andy Bichlbaum & Jeff Day, Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, George Boorujy, Matt Bua, The Brooklyn Pirates, Laurie Churchman, Adriane Colburn, Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Thomas Dexter, Meredith Drum & Rachel Stevens, Amze Emmons, Andrew Eutsler, Shane Heinemeier & Alison Ward, Drew Feuer & Eleanor Lovinsky, Jason Gandy, Richard Haley, Crystal Heiden, Constance Hockaday, TJ Hospodar, Haley Hughes, Sarah Julig, Jonathan Kaiser, Adam Katzman, Marie Lorenz, Hans Maharawal & Thomas Robinson, Mary Mattingly, Orien McNeill, Nick Normal, Ciaran O’Dochartaigh, Anne Percoco, Natalia Porter, Duke Riley, Tod Seelie, Jessica Segall, Gina Siepel, Reid Stowe, Swimming Cities, Swoon, A’yen Tran, Emmett Walsh, Ian Warren, Brindalyn Webster, Charles Westfall, Marina 59, Randi Hopkins, Eugene Finney, Jacqueline Shilkoff, Dan Glass, James Trimarco, Martha Schwendener, Marty Lucas, Rachel Stevens, Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, Michael Gitlin, Lorraine Boissonault, Oksana Mironova, Ray Fusco, Catharine Connell, Ralph Bishop, Gretta Cohn, Natalia Porter, Allison Poole, Elizabeth Weinberg, Anna Boysen, Joe Beaglehole, Jonathan Butt, Stuart Heys, Pauline Pechin, Lacey Tauber, Beatrice Glow, Mary Habstritt, Nadine Bloch, Gabby Brown, Yoni Brook, Kenny Bruno, Shawn Forno, Matt Tyson, Graeme Birchall, Ilya Bernstein, Athena Soules, Jacques, Good Kid Paulie, Turtle MacDermott, Yuko Tonohira, Emilio Oliveira, Elizabeth Press, Julie Platner, Gayathri Iyer, and probably quite a few more…

About

Mare Liberum* (or, “The Free Seas”) is a freeform publishing, boatbuilding and waterfront art collective and civic initiative, based in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, New York. Finding its roots in centuries-old stories of urban water squatters and haphazard watercraft builders, Mare Liberum is a collaborative exploration of what it takes to make viable aquatic craft as an alternative to life on land. It is also a way to make visible the overlooked and the neglected, in particular the often toxic waterways of our urban centers. The collective draws from sources as diverse as ocean-crossing raft assemblages, improvised refugee boats built in Senegal and Cuba, and modern stitch-and-ply construction methods which make complex, classic boat designs approachable by novice builders.  

Mare Liberum’s boats, broadsheets and workshops have been exhibited by MASS MoCAThe Neuberger Museum, Maker Faire, Psy-Geo-Conflux Festival, Parsons/The New School, Boston Center for the Arts, the Boston Children’s Museum, EFA Project Space, Alexandraplatz, the Antique Boat Museum, and have been written about in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Bad at Sports, The Village Voice, and Vice Magazine, among others.

* after the Grotius text of ~1609…

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ML Lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn