Mushroom Cloud NY: Rise


Directions to View the Artwork at Pier 25 (9 minute walk from Spring Studios): 

  • Before heading to the pier, using WiFi, download the 4th Wall app in the App Store or Google Play
  • Select “Allow all permissions” (4th Wall does not collect user data) 
  • Head to Pier 25 and walk to the very end of the pier looking at the water
  • Select “Coordinates”. An arrow will direct you to the artwork over the Hudson River and the experience will launch 
  • Use the camera icons on the right of the screen to record the experience. When prompted, allow 4th Wall to access your photos to save your recordings directly to your camera roll. When recording video, once you tap the video icon, all icons will disappear. To end recording, tap screen and the icons will reappear. All videos and photos will be stored in your photo folder. 
  • Please be sure sound is enabled - sound is a crucial part of this experience 
  • Share your photos and recordings on any social media and tag @nancybakercahill @4thwallapp @tribeca @algorand

This June, Nancy Baker Cahill’s multifaceted augmented reality (AR) public art project, Mushroom Cloud NYC / RISE, reimagined for the Hudson River, debuts at the 2022 Tribeca Festival’s Immersive program at Pier 25. Mushroom Cloud NYC / RISE, which will feature an accompanying video NFT minted on the Algorand blockchain, speaks to the environmental concerns specific to New York, expanding the work’s scope and opportunities for public engagement.

For Mushroom Cloud NYC / RISE’s NYC debut, Nancy Baker Cahill will create an NFT video specific to New York City. This new video, from the artist’s abstract Slipstream series, titled RISE, nods to rising waters, to viewers raising their gaze to witness the sky-covering mycelial network in the Mushroom Cloud AR experience and to collectively rising to the opportunity to combat the climate crisis through distributed support, mutual accountability and environmental stewardship. Mushroom Cloud NYC / RISE will be the first NFT ever created from an XR festival experience.

This is a project focused on accountability; one that values sharing and conserving resources, and strengthening networked systems through participation, communication, and advocacy. With these concepts in mind, Baker Cahill’s new NFT for this project, RISE, will be minted on Algorand, one of the world’s most advanced and sustainable blockchains. Algorand, an original proof-of-stake blockchain, is at the forefront of the global blockchain revolution, built with an energy-efficient design that allows it to operate in a cleaner and more environmentally friendly way. By minting the work on Algorand, Baker Cahill underscores that innovation does not require a compromise on sustainability, but in fact, thrives when we act with mutual accountability and collective environmental stewardship. 

Slowly but powerfully, we can grow a supportive network, like mycelium, based on self-repairing structures. By blanketing the sky with this poetics of interconnectedness, Baker Cahill invites viewers to perceive a multi-nodal, communal, often invisible cloud—one that might privilege interdependence and generosity. With reconceived accountabilities, perhaps we can prompt a productive balance of grief and hope, shattering and coalescing, and decomposition and rebirth. Together these prompts aim to inspire us to create a global, intentional, and conscientious network of mutual support and respect, which ultimately provides a strong platform from which collective problem-solving can occur.

Direct inquires to: 
Jessy Arisohn
Rysia Murphy

Studio Manager
Caleb Craig


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