Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(Queens, NY)Beatrice Glow


During the month of September 2014, the historic LILAC Steamship berthed in Manhattan’s Pier 25 will become the Floating Library, an interventionist pedagogical salon that intends to stretch the social imagination by cultivating a public space dedicated to scholarship, daydreaming, dialogue and freeing the mental space from white noise. Set under open skies that are conducive to open flow of thoughts for fearless dreaming, this expanded site for socio-cultural practice will act as an antidote to the disappearance of mental and physical space in the increasingly urbanized world. In this unplugged zone, library visitors will trade in their mobile devices in order to access the various spaces onboard designated for Reading, Writing & Drawing, Conversation, Meditation, Scanning/Copying, Napping and Listening. Taking place aboard an industrial archaeological artifact gently bobbing on the shifting currents of the Hudson River, the Floating Library will mirror the balancing act we collectively perform to navigate uncertain times, while fortifying a safer space for cultural dissensus and DIY culture through activating art and education as progressive research for socio-political transformation.


Beatrice Glow is a project-based artist who holds a Studio Art BFA from New York University. As a Fulbright Scholar to Perú (2008) researching Asian/Americas by retracing coolie geography, she published “Taparaco Myth” in English, Spanish and Chinese, performed at Bienal DEFORMES 2008 of Chile, and exhibited “Migratory Museum” at various cultural and educational institutions throughout Latin America. In New York, she has performed at El Museo del Barrio and created the “Aquarium from Austronesia” site-responsive installation on the Lilac Steamship Museum. She was the 2012 Emerging Artist Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University. She participates in John Zorn’s Obsessions Collective.