Below the Grid Lab
Noah Fuller, co-founder
The Below the Grid Lab (BTG) works to support the community-based efforts of those who have been historically disappeared and dispossessed across the five boroughs using all the creative tools at our disposal, including exhibitions, education, events/symposiums, and virtual/augmented reality. New Yorkers are storytellers, whether they consciously pass on their narratives or their stories are carried on through food, dance, music and other expressive traditions. BTG builds from this impulse and uses new technologies to help circulate these stories and amplify these voices. We believe that the fight to preserve, protect, and imagine a just city is made richer and more viable through a fuller understanding of our shared histories and struggles.
BTG has developed projects that include documenting the movement that stopped Robert Moses’ Lower Manhattan Expressway from destroying our vibrant Downtown neighborhoods by building a thirty-foot-long highway through a gallery; collaborating with the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) community to tell the history and modern day ramifications of the violent displacement from their homes by creating scenes of former residents apartments; and uncovering the long-forgotten NYC origins of the American eugenics movement, which targeted immigrants, the working class, and people of color, through a fully immersive installation.
Lost Streets: Seward Parks Fight for Housing Justice (2017)
A Collaboration with SPARC and the NYU Kimmel Windows
In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown (2015-2016)
A Collaboration with the NYC Municipal Archives
Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office (2014-2015)
A Collaboration with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU