The Future Phenomena Project

Location / Date: Greenpoint, Brooklyn / Spring-Summer 2010 Artist: Amanda Browder

Community Sewing Days!!!

Join Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder and North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) in the construction of Future Phenomena, Browder’s temporary public art project sponsored by NbPac and the Brooklyn Arts Council. To help bring this immense, sewn artwork to life, NbPac will be hosting three  COMMUNITY SEWING DAYS and we need your help!

Cut, sew, donate and participate – Make public art a community act!

Saturday, March 27th

St. Cecilia’s Convent (with Round Robin)

21 Monitor Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Sunday, April 18th

Lutheran Church of the Messiah

129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Saturday, May 1st

St. Ann and Holy Trinity Church

140 Montrose Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn


DONATE –  Contribute your unused fabric to help make the piece! We are covering a building and we need a lot of materials! Looking for cotton, sheets, pants, and non-stretchy fabric, and sewing tools such as needles, thread, and scissors. We could also use sewing machines. For questions or to arrange donations, contact

CUT – Help cut fabric to form the chevron shape which will make a true spectacle!

SEW –  Help sew with easy straight stiches on a sewing machine (tutoring available!) to physically bind the donated fabrics into it’s awesome shape.

CONVERSE – Help cheer on people working, make new friends and meet other community members, learn and collaborate

It will be a fun day of volunteerism and artmaking!  Bring your craft-loving family members and friends!


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FIRST SEWING DAY – Saturday March 27th, 12 – 4pm – The former convent of St. Cecilia’s Paris

JOIN IN !!!! CUT / SEW or DONATE the shirt off your back!

Saturday March 27th 12-4pm – The former convent of St. Cecilia’s Parish – 21 Monitor Street, Brooklyn, NY. –

Part of the Ecstatic show put together by the Round Robin Arts Collective  (

Join us in the construction of the temporary public art project sponsored by the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Part of the exhibition ECSTATIC – A Round Robin Arts Collective exhibition – Amanda Browder will host one of three COMMUNITY SEWING DAYS for the Future Phenomena – a temporary installation that will cover the street-facing façade of a Greenpoint apartment building with a fabric structure using an oversized repeating chevron pattern.

As part of the conceptual nature of the piece I am proposing three Sewing Days to enlist people from the neighborhood to meet at one location for a day and help make this large scale temporary art sculpture together. With this collective volunteerism we can together make a large sculptural gesture that is awe-inspiring and fantastic.

The public display of art is a critical element in generating and focusing neighborhood responses of the realities of gentrification, ancient toxic waterways, and urban migration.  Public art can bring life and awareness to static architectural objects but the “Future Phenomena” will be not only a spectacle of bright colors and flowing shapes, but also a social space for pedestrians, participants and residents.  Into this space will flow work, materials, comments, all manner of human energy, to be recycled until the project vanishes, leaving behind a memory of the power of art to transform the mundane.

BE PART OF IT! – Join in and…

1.  DONATE –  your unused fabric to help make the piece! We are covering a building and that means a lot!

2.  CUT – help make the slices of fabric to form the chevron shape which will make a true spectacle!

3.  SEW – help sew with easy straight stiches on the machine (tutoring available!) to physically bind the donated fabrics into it’s awesome shape.

4.  CONVERSE – help cheer on people working and make it a great day for everyone to enjoy!

(The Community Sewing Day is a project that is a prequil experience to the construction of the large fiber public art sculpture Future Phenomena. First showing as part of the Creative Thrift Shop exhibition ({CTS} Creative Thriftshop in conjunction with the Williamsburg Gallery Association presents 7 in 6: Space vs. Time. As part of Williamsburg Walks 2009)

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about the artist

Amanda Browder

Using intuition as an entry point to the common subconscious I plan to create a translation via visual language that defines this liquid state that all humans experience.

I would describe my work as being soft sculpture/found object installation with an affinity for abstraction and minimalism. I use forms that are similar to the images in a comic book. Reduced, simplified, and reconfigured to be idealized and sensational. I appreciate the transformative nature of materials, and how the combination of familiar objects can create abstract relationships. These relationships generate open-ended narratives, and ambiguous situations that are defined by the choice of materials. Central to the psychedelic experience, I use bright colors and familiar materials to recreate this subtle change in perception.


Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I received my MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-07. I received a Chicago Community Arts Assistant Program Grant in 2006 and 2007. I have exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Mixture Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX; The Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. I am also a founding member of the art-podcast

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Future Phenomena

Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena is presented by North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition. Future Phenomena is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.

Future Phenomena is sponsored in part by KPFF Consulting Engineers. Helping with the project is Kyle Twitchell, a Structural Engineer from KPFF.

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