Celine Wong Katzman

queens museum

Wet Networks

October 30, 2021–January 30, 2022

I curated Wet Networks, a group exhibition installed alongside the Queens Museum’s long-term exhibition of The Relief Map of New York City’s Water Supply System, and presented in partnership with Rhizome and CycleX. The exhibition features artifacts and commissioned projects from Geek Camp 2021: Neversink Never Ever, the first of artist Shu Lea Cheang’s annual “Geek Camp” convenings at CycleX, an experimental farm and cultural center located in what is today known as the town of Andes, New York. I chose artists whose practices resonated with the context of the watershed to take part in the camp at CycleX, located just a few miles uphill from where the East Branch of the Delaware River feeds the Pepacton reservoir. Tecumseh Ceaser, Nabil Hassein, Melanie Hoff, Christopher Lin, Jan Mun, and TJ Shin responded to Cheang’s prompts to walk the trails, consider the ebbs and flows of the reservoir, and engage waves as carriers to recall buried, bittersweet sentiments of displacement and relocation. They were joined by Erwin A. Karl, mycologist and Evan T. Pritchard, Founder of the Center for Algonquin Culture. Together their reflections and offerings illuminate the relationships between new technologies and traditional ways of knowing, the challenges of collective care, and how land and water shape and are shaped by one another and us.