• 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

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Mare Liberum interviewed for “Land” issue of C Magazine

Get yours here: http://cmagazine.com/issues/134 Thanks to Katherine McLeod for the lovely

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Mare Liberum at Liminus, Woody Point, Newfoundland

Mare Liberum have been invited to attend the Liminus Institute in Gros Morne Park's Woody Point in Newfoundland, Canada for two weeks this month.  This year's Institute is organized by our old friend and collaborator Todd Lanier Lester of Lanchoente.org, FreeDimensional, and ArtistSafety.net. We'll be taking part in a planning session for a future project and residency combining issues of sustainable fisheries, local economies, indigenous rights, public health, and water as a commons.  More updates on this project

By Dylan

Mare Liberum at Works on Water, NYC’s Triennial of Water-based Art

Mare Liberum is stoked to present a ten-year-long project in progress as part of the Works on Water triennial at 3LD Art & Technology space.  The exhibition is on view June 5-30, 2017, with talks by some ML members later in the month and tons of other events from past, present, and future ML collaborators.  See: http://www.worksonwater.org/ for full program and schedule of

By Dylan

« Les Archipelagists » – Mare Liberum at Hors Pistes 2017: Traversées, Centre Pompidou, Paris

We are delighted to be featured in the 2017 edition of Hors Pistes at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, curated by Geraldine Gomez, which is focused on the subject of "crossings" (traversées).  Symbolically, we have found a discarded boat on the French coast and are creating a full-scale paper reproduction that will be launched in a local canal at the end of our two week residency at the museum. --- Projet LES ARCHIPELAGISTES : « L'île semble avoir une prise indélébile sur l'imagination humaine. Contrairement à la forêt tropicale ou au littoral continental, elle ne peut prétendre à l'abondance écologique ni, en

By Dylan

Open Studio / Tideland Sessions at Parrish Art Museum

In conjunction with Tideland Sessions and the exhibition, Radical Seafaring, a special extended Open Studio for Families will be held from 10 am-1 pm. Please see the information below for the activities at Open Studio. All ages must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00am to 1:00pm Artist-boatbuilding collective Mare Liberum invites the public to join them for Open Studio at the Parrish where they will lead the construction of 1/10th scale models of their punt currently on display in Radical Seafaring. Through the construction of these small scale models, the public will grasp the basics of



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Arthur Poisson

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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


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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Stephan von Muehlen


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


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…


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