Volume 79, Number 18 | Oct 7 - 13, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933


Villager photo by Lincoln Anderson

Jill Sigman performed in “Our Lady of Detritus,” an environmental-activist dance, at Solar One/Stuyvesant Cove Park last month. Dressed in neon pink and orange, she pulled around a cart piled with Cheetos, which didn’t need any added coloring to achieve their lurid hue. Above, Sigman offered a little a girl a musical object to listen to, while allowing her mother, who is deaf, to feel its mechanism ticking. The device is made with recycled soda-bottle bottoms and uses rechargeable batteries. Nearby, contorted into a difficult yoga pose with her legs behind her head while rolling around on a cart, Mariana Ferreira portrayed the Pacific Garbage Patch. “This is how you become when you go there,” she grunted painfully. “It’s like plastic — it never biodegrades.”

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