Participants in this workshop will learn about the care and uses for Indian Mustard and build an automated watering system for it.

Indian Mustard is a brassica that is grown for food and used for phytoremediation, which is the process of using of plants to naturally remove toxins from the soil.

Students will leave the workshop with both a potted Indian Mustard plant and an automated watering system. We will also discuss a variety of approaches for automating small gardens.

Price: $85 [$50 + $35 materials fee]

Alex Nathanson is an artist, curator, organizer, and educator whose work spans video, sound, performance, and interaction design. He collaborates regularly with composer Dylan Neely, performing under the name Fan Letters. His work has been featured at the Museum of the Moving Image, La MaMa, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Anthology Film Archives, PS122 Gallery, Dome of Visions (Denmark), and the Art Prospect Festival (Russia). He was one of the long-term artists in residence at Flux Factory, in Queens, NY from 2012 to 2016. Most recently, he was awarded a residency at The Watermill Center to develop an full length opera, titled Autocomplete, in collaboration with Fan Letters. As an educator, he works with students as young as 7 to post-graduates, teaching skills related to sound, light, mechanics, and electronics through creative projects. He has worked extensively as an electronic and media art specialist for many of NY’s art institutions and artists. He has been hyperbolically described as a “video effects guru” and poorly described as “difficult to describe.”

Patrick Costello is a visual artist and performer whose work incorporates printmaking, installation, gardening, and theater. Patrick has apprenticed with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, the Virginia Arts of the Book Center in Virginia, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Pennsylvania. He received an Aunspaugh Fellowship from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Patrick also co-founded C’ville Foodscapes, a worker-owned small business that designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens for folks in Charlottesville, Virginia. His visual art has been shown internationally, including at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Trance Pop Gallery in Kyoto, and Booklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Patrick is currently in the MFA program at Hunter College in New York and works in landscape design.