RED DIVE's PERIPHERAL CITY, a multi-year series of projects of Creative Capital Foundation. Peripheral City was a series of site-specific performance events that interwove the work of multiple artists and interacted with communities and environments throughout the New York area. 2003-2006. Curated and Directed by Maureen Brennan [Huskey] with Red Dive and participating artists.
Dewitt, Godfrey. "Ecotistical Art. Maureen Brennan —Working the System . . .." Art Journal, College Art Association, Spring 2006.
Ayers, Robert. "A City of Ambitious Dreaming – Performance Art in New York."TotalTheatre Magazine, Celebrating Physical & Visual Performance, Volume 17/Issue 4/Winter 2005-06.
Zimmer, Amy. "Artists Decorate Downtown Area." 'I love seeing people coming out of the business daze. It's amazing how many people do put on blinders here,' said Maureen Brennan.' Metro, June 2, 2005.
Bell, Annie. "Toxic Avengers. Red Dive's buoyant theater aims to clean up the Gowanus Canal's sullied reputation." Time Out New York / Around Town, May 22-29, 2003.
Loffredo, Donna. "Canal on the Mend, Gowanus Celebrated in Boat Tour and Show." 'There's a very accomplished trumpet player located at various places along the canal, playing songs that compliment the ambience of the area. He (Fred Wright) plays a very soulful song at one point because, not long ago, the body of water was dead." - Bill Sheehan, Director of Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Coordinator, and Captain of Red Dive's performance pontoon boat tour of the Gowanus Canal. The Record, New Jersey, May 30, 2003.
Cardwell, Diane. "What Rots Beneath." 'The Gowanus Canal is now so vibrant that it can even support it's own avant-garde art project.' The New York Times, May 19, 2003.
Crawford, Shanti. "Dancing in the Real World." 'Despite the difficulty of working in public spaces, the appeal of site-specific performance is undeniable. Any artist willing to take on the Brooklyn landscape as a "theater," allows for the possibility of choreographing bridges, tides, and skylines into a work. And when done well, a sitespecific artist [Red Dive] can so transform a space that the audience will never see it the same way again.' The Brooklyn Rail, October 2003.
Murrin, Tom. Critic's Pick STAGE. 'A day-time floating documentary of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal.' PAPER Magazine, June 2003
Miller, Sara B. "Gritty waterway; a model for renewal?" ' [Red Dive works with] Brooklyn residents, in a neighborhood crusade to purge a canal of sewage and its reputation as a Mafia dumping ground.' 'If there is an area that represents hop. It is this one,' says Maureen Brennan (Huskey) director of Peripheral City.' The Christian Science Monitor, June 27, 2003.
Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Arts Briefing." 'Picture this: a 16-seat pontoon boat plying the fluids of the Gowanus Canal while audio interviews carry the words of nearby residents, business owners and environmentalists and live performance events take place aboard the boat, under bridges, between trees and on dead-end streets abutting the waterway.' The New York Times, May 22, 2003.
Horwitz, Simi. "In-Site-Ful Theatre: Moving Audiences Thru Flat or Factory." 'The challenge in creating this hybrid piece--which, as noted, merges boat ride with video and audio elements and live performance--is to suggest what Brennan (Huskey) calls a "unified narrative." She adds that Peripheral City is, oddly enough, an abstract work, with touches of "reality" theatre and ritual thrown in for good measure.' Backstage, May 23-29, 2003.
Simmons, Paulanne. "Magical history tour - Red Dive takes audiences on a theatrical trip down the Gowanus." 'For Red Dive it is not only the physical environment, but also the human side of the Gowanus Canal that is so fascinating.' The Brooklyn Papers GO, May 26, 2003.
Critic's Pick. "ABOVE AND BEYOND." 'Red Dive is offering hourly explorations aboard a pontoon boat. The tours feature oral histories of life along the canal as well as stops to view dance installations and a performance by the Gowanus Wildcats, a local drill team comprised of school-aged neighborhood girls.' THE NEW YORKER, May 26, 2003
Bradley, Brad. "Peripheral City: Rediscovering the Gowanus Canal is billed as an adventure tour combined with a multi-art event that takes intimate audiences on a journey down the Gowanus Canal in a 16-seat pontoon boat. In fact, it is much more than that. Added to its description should be a great example of living history in an examination of the relationship of the city's human population with nature as seen in its most urban inland waterway." Curtain Up Theater Review, May 29, 2003.
Johnson, Martin. Entertainment Cover Story, "It's must-sea theater. Multimedia showboat puts spotlight on canal's rebirth." 'There are people and stories and layers of hisotry that kind of get lost,' Brennan (Huskey) said, 'perceptions will be altered, and they will inspired by other "lost" places and see that there is so much below the surface.' Newsday, May 30th, 2003
Goodman, Christy. "You've never experienced the Gowanus like this before. Red Dive's site-specific work reinterprets the Canal." ' A combination of live music, sound collage, interviews, acting, dance and performances surround the walls of the canal, makes for a whirlwind, theatrical living documentary of the historic waterway, in tours available five times a day.' Brooklyn Courier News, May 26th, 2003.
Harris, Thomas J., Police Captain. THE CITY OF NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT 76th Precinct. "Red Dive has been a valuable source of enriching the arts and providing a personalized view of the history of the Gowanus Canal and its surrounding area."
Excerpt of thank-you letter written October 27, 2003.
RED DIVE: One Less Sense: Vision Without Sight (blindfolded tour) at the Flamboyan Theater of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, April 2000. Co-created/curated/produced by Maureen Brennan [Huskey] with Red Dive and participating artists. Soloski, Alexis. "A Senseless Act." 'The conceptual, performance and visual artists behind Red Dive's One Less Sense aim to create "site-specific, multi-sensory art events." The recipient of the first Bessie award for installation and new media, Red Dive is a sprightly four-year-old collective of five women artists. And while One Less Sense throws '90s postmodernism, '70s happenings, and junior high haunted houses into the aesthetic blender—and employs the work of male artists—it's unavoidably girlie. That's not at all a bad thing.' The Village Voice, May 2, 2000.
Dohse, Chris. Flash Review: "Uncommon Sense-Submerged with Red Dive at Soto Velez." 'Traversing the psychic and physical spaces of this audacious interactive environment…produces an experience as private and as singular as wiggling a loose tooth with your tongue.' Dance Insider.com, April 17, 2000
Featured Interview/review as told to Susan Avery by Camille Aldama 12 years old:
"Happening/Blind Man's Stuff."
'Oh my God, This was, like, so cool. I mean, like, they gave us blindfolds and we had to walk through mazes. Then there was this sticky stuff on the walls, which was really gross. (I wiped my hands off on my pants.) Then there was, like, no way out, so I started banging on the walls because I thought I was trapped- . . . .-But, like, the whole time we can't see anything, ya know? Another thing was, they gave us a rope and told us to lean back. I was leaning on my brother, I think, 'cause I couldn't see anything. Oh yeah, and we had to sing too. That was really funny. The whole thing is cool and kind of freaky. Really, it's, like, about trust.' New York Magazine, May 1, 2000
Blum, Wendy. "Points of You." [Red Dive] mounted a performance event that deliberately displaced the prioritised sense of sight and focused instead on touch, taste, smell and sound. '[One Less Sense] was a perspective-shifting event to experience and seemed labor intensive to produce. Features of the phenomenal undertaking included haunting vocals, a wall of peeled apples, a composer directing an audience chorus, a corridor of whisping air, . . .. As a participant, I experienced incredible vulnerability, trepidation, excitement, confusion, comfort and ultimate communality with the guides and with my cohort audience members. It was a respite for my eyes and a pleasurable change to receive so much information through touch in the context of live performance.
[Red Dive] performed an extraordinary feat by catalyzing stories, feelings, images and ideas using all but the visual senses.' READINGGROUND MAGAZINE, Fall 2002.
RED DIVE Inhabited! Afterlives 1998 in partnership with The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Co-created/Directed/curated and produced by Maureen Brennan with Red Dive and participating artists.
Anderson, Jack. "Dance and Performance Awards,". 'For the first time an Installation and New Media Bessie Award was given to recognize a site-specific or not easily classifiable production. The recipient was a group called Red Dive, for a production called Inhabited! Afterlives at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.' The New York Times, September 27, 1999.
Critics Pick. "Scary New York Pick," '[Red Dive] promises more than a few startling sights, including a mechanized Asian prostitute, a kitchen filled with animated crockery and a backyard maze created out of trees suspended over worm-filled compost. In the basement, there's a barroom that undulates as if it were breathing. . ..'. Time Out New York, Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 1998.
Dohse, Chris. Current Senior Critic for The Dance Insider. "For the past two years, Red Dive has taken over the [Tenement] building's unrestored spaces on Halloween, employing performance and visual artists to create atmospheric tableaux vivant. Afterlives brought facets of the problematic soho-ification of this area, called America's Original Neighborhood, into personal focus for me and allowed me to analyze my sentimental feelings for decay." Excerpt from academic paper written by Chris Dohse in response to Inhabited, AFTERLIVES.
RED DIVE Inhabited! Ghosts of Home 1997 in partnership with The Lower East Side Tenement Museum Co-created/Directed/curated and produced by Maureen Brennan with Red Dive and participating artists.
Critic's Pick. "Travel through time on Halloween." 'Guests will make their way through an 1863 tenement house packed with the spirits of the more than 10,000 immigrants who called the landmark home at the turn of the century. the tour includes trips to two partially restored apartments and six crumbling ruins. Authentic sounds, smells, movement, and characters enhance the mood.' The Villager, October 8, 1997.
Critic's Pick. The Mix: "Happening/Bleak House." 'A reality-tilting experience with storytellers, musicians, and performers both living and dead.' New York Magazine, October 27, 1997.
VOICE CHOICES. "Short List." 'Red Dive let 32 imaginations loose on the premises, asking the artists for pieces based on the spirits that moved them. The result: what promises to be an eerie hour-long tour featuring performances and installations in the museum proper as well as the spooky, unrestored third floor [of the tenement building.]The Village Voice, October 29-November 4, 1997.
Sant'Amrogio, Director of Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum. "Congratulations on making INHABITED an unprecendented success! Everyone at the Tenement Museum is still talking about the beauty and poignancy of the performances and installations, the incredible response of our visitors. One of our founders said to me, 'This is what we always wanted to do with the Tenement.' -- All of the Artists did a tremendous job interpreting the haunting experiences and emotions of home and immigration. Your Direction and curation of the event tied it together as a single cohesive piece." Excerpt from thank you letter written on November 14, 1997.