Thingness of Energy: New School Facilities Tour

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, lobby
Parsons The New School for Design
2 West 13th Street (off Fifth Avenue)
New York City
Admission: Free
On occasion of Jamie Kruse’s art installation Thingness of Energy, The New School’s Office for Sustainability is offering a public tour of select buildings on the New School campus, with a special focus on the infrastructure that materially sustains the teachings at the university.
Gwen Kilvert, Assistant Director for Sustainability & Energy Management, is joined by members of the New School Facilities Department as she visits vital energy crossing points of the university such as high-efficiency boilers, a new “cool roof,” and an electrical room.
Before embarking on the tour, Jamie Kruse offers an introduction to her work Thingness of Energy, which also makes visible some of the materials flows of energy hidden in basements, on rooftops, or by the pipes, wires, and conduits that enable energy transmission, production, and consumption. On view through April 24 in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, the artist’s project essentially asks what the consequences might be if “anticipating geologic scales of force, change and effect became a common design specification for energy production and distribution, policy-making, and infrastructure design.”
Sturdy, closed toe shoes and covered legs are required. Space is limited, please RSVP to Meet at 12:30 p.m., in the lobby of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.

Upcoming event
March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Energy! An interdisciplinary exchange on different notions of energy, by New School faculty from various departments and programs. Visit for details.
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Thingness of Energy is an art project by Jamie Kruse, developed and produced in collaboration with The New School’s Office for Sustainability, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The project is supported, in part, by The New School’s Green Fund and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
* Presented on occasion of the Vera List Center’s 2011-2013 focus theme “Thingness.”