Recycle 2019 – National Juried Art Show – Call for Submissions


RECYCLE 2019, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s national juried show of art crafted from cast-off, discarded, and re-purposed materials – is a celebration of ingenuity and imagination.  We are seeking to exhibit sophisticated two‐ and three‐ dimensional art created in the re‐use genre.  As well as looking for skill in the use of material, we want to see art that demonstrates the importance of conserving our limited natural resources. We look for how well the medium relates to the upcycling movement and how fully the artist’s intention or concept is presented and realized. The juror’s awards will reflect that artistic judgment.

We are honored to have as our juror, once again, John Cloud Kaiser,  Director of Education at Materials for the Arts, one of the largest reuse centers in the U.S and a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.   BWAC’s curators for Recycle 2019 are Mary Anne Kinsella and Janice Jacob.

$3000 in cash awards will be presented to winners on opening day.

May 11, 2019, with the exhibition on view from May 11 – July 7, 2019.

Submission Deadline: Early Bird February 4, or Final Application Deadline February 24, 2019.
Gallery Exhibition Dates: Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, July 7, 2019 weekends 1‐ 6 P.M.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1‐ 6 P.M.




Artists_Talk_Art Fall Presentations of October 13, 2018


BWAC’s Artists_Talk_Art presentrd artists talking informally about their work on display in the current exhibit, ESCAPADES.
Gallery visitors were invited to participate in a short Q&A at the end of each artist presentation.

Artists_Talk_Art is FREE and welcomes the public.

Fall 2018

Saturday, October 13th:

Victoria Boardman
Sandra Forrest
Faith Gabel-Simmons
Razi Mizrahi


The colorful and intricate drawings of Victoria Boardman are the outcome of meditative excursions. The carefully placed pen strokes are a visual mantra she uses to reach a transcendental state of flow. Peering into Victoria’s work, one is drawn to the delicate and colorful marks that brings forth a meditative state in the viewer.

The power and raw energy emanating from the paintings of Faith Gabel-Simmons is exhilarating. The pushing and pulling of paint across the surface reads like a seismograph of emotions. Although Faith’s approach to painting relies upon the serendipitous, the outcome is not playful. Faith’s use of titles to reinforce the message of a painting is clear in the outstanding work she titles Crash.

An art installation piece by Razi Mizrahi is constructed of books and creates a very complex experience. The bookstore-like installation is a collection of donated books on many subjects, and of many sizes and colors. It is made up of carefully composed multiple structures. Arches, slabs, plinths, and doorways rise from the collection of aromatic books. Razi’s goal of combining the physical and metaphysical is ingeniously realized.

Sandy forest has worked with stained glass for over 5 years and still finds it holds potential for experimentation. In this series she combines the traditional approach of joining pieces of glass with special paint applied to the larger expanses of glass. Sandy strives to preserve the luminosity and color of stained glass by minimizing the use of grout, and by painting in a miniature style.


Saturday, October 20th:

Nelson Alvarez
Roy Carrubba
Duane Stapp
Fritz (Steven) Weiss




Via sketch or CAD Drawing
Include dimensions/scale of piece/base details
# & Size of Strip Lights as well as Lamp type (i.e. 6 4’ T8 strips 3 T12 8’)
Color combination of GEL lamp tubes
Theme if applicable (i.e. Empire state Building)
 Light Sculpture must be 75% fluorescent fixtures but can enhance piece with other lighting sources or decorative elements.
Legion Lighting is a fully equipped manufacturing facility so there is potential to remote ballasts or modify fixtures.

WHATIndividuals or teams will construct sculptures using fluorescent light strips with colored gel sleeves. .  Sculptures will be unveiled during our INDUSTRY & ART factory event Friday May 17th & 18th 2019.  This is a juried show held at our Brooklyn factory during NYC Design EXPO 2019.

Legion will provide the strip fixtures at no cost. Chosen participants will need to secure funding to cover the cost of GEL colored tube guards and material other than fluorescent components.
Factory space will be available for construction along with access to manufacturers equipment at the discretion of Legion Lighting co.



Dan Flavin was an innovative minimalist who made art from fluorescent light fixtures starting in the 1960;s
Legion Lighting has been manufacturing fluorescent lighting fixtures in East NY Brooklyn since 1946.
SMASHIndustries is a collaborating partner of Legion who combines art & light. See our signature product the Artisan Subway Series light

LOCATIONS: NYC MFA Show Artist Talk, with Andrea Bass, Dana Robinson – Sunday, October 21st, 2:30 PM

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NYC MFA Exhibition

Artist Talks
Sunday Oct 21st 2:30pm

Special Guest Artists:
Susana Valera Read – CUNY Lehman College
Deborah Yasinsky – CUNY Lehman College

Susana Valera Read
CUNY – Lehman College 

Susana Valera Read (Susana Valera-Pukit) is a visual artist from the Dominican Republic currently living and working in Westchester, New York.  Her work explores themes of memory, space and time drawing inspiration from personal experiences, architecture, and the city in which she lives.  She uses various painting processes and printmaking techniques to portray contemporary urban landscapes that combine figuration and abstraction.

Susana attended Altos de Chavon School of Design, an affiliate of Parsons –The New School where she obtained an AAS before moving to the States in 1992.   She holds a BFA in Illustration from Parsons –The New School, and is currently an MFA student at Lehman College.

Susana briefly worked as an Editorial Illustrator in the Dominican Republic, and more extensively as a Graphic Designer in New York until 2006 when she decided to concentrate on her art and began to work as a teaching Artist.  She has recently started to exhibit her work at local galleries in Westchester County.


Deborah Yasinsky
CUNY – Lehman College

Deborah Yasinsky is a Bronx based artist. Her work explores issues of childhood, memory, nostalgia, vulnerability, and environmentalism. Deborah explores relationships, childhood and parenting. The work forms a visual liturgy, representing the hopes and fears a parent has for their child. The fragility and vulnerability of a child’s existence and the celebratory nature of parenting are intertwined in her work. She utilizes recycled non-traditional materials, including fabrics referencing her early training in textile design. Her video animations are narratives of childhood, often replaying fragmented memories and experiences. The figure is often set in nature amidst flora and fauna, reminiscent of her own childhood exploring Inwood, NYC, it’s parks, the Hudson River and public spaces of the region. Inspired by medieval manuscripts, and Victorian motifs and symbolism. Deborah incorporates painting, drawing, assemblage, and animation into her practice.

Deborah grew up in NYC.  She received her BA in Fine Arts, from YU an AAS in Textile Design from FIT, an MS, Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is currently an MFA in painting candidate at Lehman College, CUNY. Deborah has exhibited at Dominican University, Local Project Art Space, Trestle Online Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, 14th Street Y Gallery, Urban Studio Unbound, Blue Door Gallery, Pubic Appliance, YAW, Purchase College PC4, and YoHo Artists. Deborah lives and works in the Bronx. She is Curator of Education at Lehman College Art Gallery.

BWAC Fall 2018 Art Shows – Opening Day Videos & Photos

BWAC 2018 Fall shows opening day, Saturday, October 6, 2018. Video by Willie Chu & Robin George, with onstage performance and music by Lindsey Wilson, singer-songwriter, and Reggie Sylvester on drums.

Video by Ydania Ogando of opening day at BWAC’s Fall 2018 Art Shows, and featuring the music of Paula Jeanine Bennett with guitarist Masami Ishakawa and Richard X Bennett on piano.




Artists_Talk_Art Fall Presentations – Saturdays, October 13th & 20th, 12:30 PM


Two ARTISTS_TALK_ART  Presentations:

Saturday October 13, 12:30
Saturday October 20,  12:30

Open to the public and FREE!

or anyone interested in art, artist and art making, and wish to meet with artists talking about their work on exhibition at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Red Hook Brooklyn. Enjoy Interesting, inspiring, at times scintillating talks by artists about their work on exhibit. No knowledge of art necessary, but practicing artist will come away with images, creative ideas and a new level of understanding.

talk about their latest work and “tell all” about the how, when, what, why and where; in addition to answering questions about their work and creative approach to art making.

of over 150 artists is installed in a historic Pre-Civil War building in Red Hook Brooklyn (with the absolutely best land-side view of our Statue of Liberty. We install two major exhibits each year and Artists_Talk_Art is held during the exhibitions. At least four artists, creating with photo, paint, collage, drawing, sculpture and more, talk about their work on display as we tour the huge gallery together. No sales pitch, only the joy of art.

Exhibitions and Artists_Talk-Art are free, donation appreciated

Meet at the second floor snack bar. We’ll mingle and make introductions for 15 minutes. Then you will go on quick 15-minute tour of the BWAC exhibit. At 1PM the first artist will talk by their work. Questions can be asked at the close of each artist’s talk and again at the end of all talks. We will be moving and standing for an hour so wear your comfiest.

Eats within one block area include 1) BWAC snack bar, 2) Cafeteria style at Fairway Supermarket, with a unique outdoor area facing Lady Liberty. 3) For Hearty food, five star Texas style BBQ and drinks at the Brooklyn Homestead. 4) For fun and games, drinks and food, with a carnival touch – go to the Brooklyn Crab House, unique and breezy.

LOCATIONS: NYC MFA Show Artist Talk, with Andrea Bass, Dana Robinson – Sunday, October 14th, 2:30 PM

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NYC MFA Exhibition

Artist Talks
Sunday Oct 14th 2:30pm

Special Guest Artists:
Andrea Bass – CityCollege
Dana Robinson – SVA


Andrea Bass

CUNY – The CityCollege of New York

Why does Gloria Steinem look like Barbie?

My art dissects and reconstitutes about my own personal feminism portraying the incongruent ways that women grasp at and gain power. As casting director of my art, I appropriate Barbie, Steinem, Marilyn Monroe, and other icons as stand-ins for me and other females. I also created and employ a polygonal character named “Wretched Sister” (WS) who appears as cut-out from bright construction paper, but whose themes are for mature audiences, including child abuse, elder abuse, assault, and workplace marginalization. WS experiences her everyday life events (like poison ivy rash) as calamities, which “coincidentally” occur on the same date as actual catastrophes (like the assassination of John Lennon). Wretched Sister lives in real tabloid time zones, illustrating ways sensationalist current events serve as backdrop for our personal, ordinary lives. I try to be amusing if possible.

I live in New York City, and I recently completed an MFA in Studio Art at The City College of New York.


Dana Robinson

SVA – School of Visual Arts

Dana Robinson was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Florida, and received a BFA in Design from FloridaStateUniversity in 2012. Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist who combines, reproduces and deconstructs, vintage materials, found objects, and paint to address the topics of queerness inherent in black masculinity, femininity, ownership and the comfort of nostalgia.

Robinson has exhibited her work in the US and abroad, most recently Saint-Paul de Mausole in  the Saint-Remy de Provence of France, the SVA Flatiron Gallery Space in New York and the China Academy of Art in Zhejiang, China.  Robinson’s work has been written about in VICE, Queen Mobs Teahouse, Kolaj Magazine, and SarahLawrenceCollege’s Lumina Journal to name a few. Robinson is currently living in Brooklyn and pursuing her MFA in Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
2018 MFA Exhibition Oct 6 – 28th
Curator Wendi Gueorguiev, MFA

LOCATIONS: NYC MFA Exhibition at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) Gallery


The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), Brooklyn’s oldest arts organization (established in 1978,) is excited to  present an exhibition  spotlighting works of transformative significance, curated from the work of MFA candidates from colleges and universities in the NYC area.

Creative paths, including those that journey through MFA programs, are often (and hopefully) littered with breakthrough works that manifest after a period of uphill struggles, slips outside one’s comfort zone, and even collisions with fortuitous chance.  These transitional pieces represent metamorphic events, and act in turn as gateways to expanded perspectives, clarifications of vision, amplified expressions of intent, and even radical changes of direction. While these works may not fully define, or embody one’s current practice at this moment, they stand as artifacts of evolutionary shifts in the artist’s practice.

Affordable Art Auction – Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – 4:00-5:45 PM – WINNERS LIST



Were you a WINNER in our Spring Shows AFFORDABLE ART AUCTION?  See the list!


Calling all art collectors!

The Affordable Art Auction at BWAC is THE place to score artwork at great prices.  Bidding on some pieces starts at only $30!  If you see something at anytime prior to the start of the auction, there is an option to “Take it Now,” eclipsing any chance of it being carried of by another interested party.

It’s always great fun to see what happens at BWAC’s Affordable Art Auction.   Join auctioneer extraordinaire Jon Bunge and BWAC artists as we auction off wonderful works of Affordable Art!

(Be sure to stop at the Auction Desk, located at the head of the auction wall, to get your Bidder’s Number before the auction starts.)

Val Kinzler’s NYC Women Who Rock: Chix ‘N Axe – Saturday, October 6th, 4:00-5:00 PM

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BWAC is proud to announce that master musicians and songwriters, Val Kinzler, (Piano/Guitar/Vocals), Tucky Parkis (Bass/Vocals), Liz Taub (Violizzy – Fiddle/Mandolin/Vocals), and Tami Johnson (Drums/Percussion), will return to BWAC on R☆CKtober 6th as: Chix ‘N Axe for another NYC Women Who R☆CK uprising!

Chix + Axe will pay tribute to women musical artists as part of the BWAC Fall Season Opening Day reception performances. VAL KINZLER is a New York City based singer, writer, and multi-instrumentalist with top 10 on the ReverbNation Alternative charts for New York, NY.  Val founded NYC Women Who Rock in 2014 to inspire unity among women artists and men who support soulful, outspoken female artists.  Her song “Rock N Roll Women” (among other rock, blues & roots classics) is one of the highlights during these fun, empowering concerts.


More information:

FB/ NYC Women Who Rock

Http:// (site is pending)

Jazz Foundation Presents Ellis the Nazarene – Sunday, October 7th, 2:00-4:00 PM

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Brooklyn’s own Ellis the Nazarene is a unique piano stylist. Having played with artists like Freddie Hubbard, Bill Hardiman, Junior Cook and Walter Perkins, he has also held down numerous “house pianist” engagements, including five years at the Jazz Foundation’s Monday Night Jam, and five years at the United Nations.



Word Cabaret Speculative Visions: Futuristic Fiction – Sunday, October 7th, 4:00-5:30 PM

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Four fantastically dystopian futuristic fiction stories get a dramatic performance by Word Cabaret’s roster of professional actors and directors. In addition to W.E.B. Dubois’ little known 1920s gem “The Comet,” stories by Terry Bisson, Caralyn Davis, and Saba Waheed will get audiences leaning forward.

Special Performance: Fode Sissoko of Senegal – Saturday, October 13th, 2:00-3:00 PM

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Fode Sissoko is a master drummer, Kora player, composer and choreographer from Senegal, West Africa.  He is the grandson of Soundioulou Cissokho, known as king of the Kora and most renowned master in all of West Africa.

An acknowledged master himself, Fode performed with Baba Olatunji for 9 years.  He began playing the Kora at age 5 and by 8 was playing the Djembe and Dun Dun Drums. Currently on tour, Fode has toured Africa, Europe and the United States. 

He is the founder of Fakoli Dance & Drum, an educational organization of music, drum, dance, and cultural exchange.  Fakoli means “the ancestor” in Mandinko, Fode’s native language.

Fakoli engages in folkloric performances in full costume with traditional music and dance or as a band, “Fakoli” an Afro pop group of original Mandinko music.  Fode is available for educational trips to Senegal, where students are immersed in the music, language and atmosphere of traditional African culture.  Fode teaches ongoing classes and workshops in drum, dance, kora, and song.  Fode is also teaches master classes, workshops and repairs and sells drum and other African instruments.

SICC Spoken Word: The Elephant in the Room – Saturday, October 27th, 2:00-5:00 PM

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As part of the BWAC Performance Series, writers from the Staten Island Creative Community, writers from Mad Gleam in Manhattan, and writers from the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition will present original and provocative work during “The Elephant in the Room” at  BWAC.

Writers will include Brian Sheffield of Mad Gleam Press,  well known story teller ,  Druanne Dillon,  and Poets and Writers grant recipient, Marilyn Kiss.  Rachel Isaacs will sing her award winnings song “Universal Lullaby” and her band will entertain us after the reading.

For more information or to sign up to read, please contact Robin Lampman at

Word Cabaret “Fantastically Ekphrastic!” – Sunday, October 28th, 2:00-4:00 PM

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Word Cabaret “Fantastically Ekphrastic!”

For the 4th season, Word Cabaret has commissioned Brooklyn-based writers to create original short pieces in response to a BWAC member’s work of art. It’s “Fantastically Ekphrastic!”

Poets, playwrights, musicians and performance artists perform each composition during short 45-minute tours through the 2nd floor gallery. Audiences are guaranteed new views and insights into the artwork.

Tickets are free but reserved spots on each tour will be available through Eventbrite. Visit Word Cabaret’s Facebook page for more information closer to the event.

Affordable Art Auction – Sunday, August 19, 2018 – 4 PM – WINNERS LIST



Were you a WINNER in our Spring Shows AFFORDABLE ART AUCTION?  See the list!


Calling all art collectors!

The Affordable Art Auction at BWAC is THE place to score artwork at great prices.  Bidding on some pieces starts at only $30!  If you see something at anytime prior to the start of the auction, there is an option to “Take it Now,” eclipsing any chance of it being carried of by another interested party.

It’s always great fun to see what happens at BWAC’s Affordable Art Auction.   Join auctioneer extraordinaire Jon Bunge and BWAC artists as we auction off wonderful works of Affordable Art!

(Be sure to stop at the Auction Desk, located at the head of the auction wall, to get your Bidder’s Number before the auction starts.)

Jazz Foundation Presents Pianist Rafik Williamson – Sunday, August 19th, 2:00-4:00 PM

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Rafik Williamson has been a professional pianist for 58 years, having played with greats like Hank Mobley, Lou Donaldson, Archie Shepp, and Pharoah Sanders. Rafik has toured the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Japan. He is an alumnus of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, with partial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.





Gallery Exhibition Dates: July 28 – August 19, 2018 weekends 1-6PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1-6PM

Juror: Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

BWAC Show Curators: Katrina D. Jeffries and Alicia Degener

$3000 in Cash Awards – Selections made by our juror, Marcela Guerrero were presented at the opening reception on July 28th.


Slideshow of Winners

Summerscape – Summer Member Show


BWAC’s Summer Member Show


Summer:  the warmest time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox (in 2018, the 21st June and 23rd September).

                    -scape:  a suffix denoting an extensive view of something. []

We are inviting artists to interpret their extensive view of summer; summer in the city, in the country, in the suburbs, on land and sea, in memories, dreams, and yearnings. Whatever escapes from your imagination, whatever says summer to you, we would like you to exhibit.


To JOIN BWAC and participate our fall member show(, ESCAPADES,)  see here.

COLOR – National Juried Art Show



“In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is—as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually. Color is “passive,” “deceptive,” and “unstable,” color behaves, color  ismagic.”   – Joseph Albers, Interaction ofColor

Juror: Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

BWAC Show Curators: Katrina D. Jeffries and Alicia Degener

Gallery Exhibition Dates: July 28 – August 19, 2018 weekends 1-6PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1-6PM

$3000 in Cash Awards – Selections made by our juror, Marcela Guerrero were presented at the opening reception on July 28th.



Juror Marcela Guerroro included in this New York Times piece on diversity in museum curatorial departments.


Allergic to Bs – Saturday, July 28, 3:00-5:00 PM

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Allergic To B’s was formed by Joan Moore (ukulele/vocals) and gary j. moore (guitar, dobro, mandolin, vocals) in 2010.  Current members also include Russ Anixter (bass & euphonium) and Allison Mackey (percussion and vocals).

They sing and play original material as well as covers chosen for their quality and not for their instrumentation.  This is their third appearance at BWAC.

Myrna and the Bulldog – Saturday, July 28, 2:00-3:00 PM

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If Myrna and the Bulldog were a drink they would be a chili rimmed vodka tonic with a splash of pomegranate.  Their voices mesh sublimely.  Their catchy tunes and lyrics combine Americana and Blues, with nods to Mexican soul.   Myrna’s sultry, bluesy vocals coupled with Daniel’s gravelly Texas twang make for an eclectic performance that’ll find you singing and dancing along.

The award winning husband wife singing-songwriting duo met in Austin, TX back in 2004 and have been together ever since.  Their onstage banter gives you a glimpse of two performers who aren’t afraid to bare their souls emotionally and lyrically. The pair come from their own distinct backgrounds.  Myrna’s career as an actress has landed appearances on Orange is the New Black, Law and Order SVU, and Blindspot to name a few.  Daniel comes from a long history of Texas bred songwriters including Jimmy Rodgers, and distant cousin Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Val Kinzler & Friends: Alt Americana: Music for the Heart of Hearing – Sunday, July 29, 2:00-5:00 PM

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Val Kinzler will be presenting NYC  based singer-songwriters for a day of eclectic, soulful, blues and roots oriented music to uplift all, inspire hope and change, and celebrate unity in our arts community.

Throughout her life, Val has taught music and created special events involving women in music. Her latest CD titled, “Nothing Sacred About Hatred”, is the culmination of years of songwriting. Val shares a lifetime of joy, pain, love, and loss in her lyrics. In Val’s own words: “ I have a fire in my belly that propels me forward to impart healing through music.  Rock n’ roll is liberating and unites people from all walks of life!”

For more information about Val Kinzler and her band please visit:

Color My World – Grand Installations

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COLOR MY WORLD, an Installation Art Show

July 28, 2018 through August 19, 2018

*Select Pieces On View During Fall Shows!*

Installation art is created and installed on the exhibition site, often incorporating materials or physical features on the site.

Installation art is usually a three-dimensional work that is site specific that transforms the perception of a space.

  • It can be a Video Installation combining video technology with installation art and can include monitors and/or projectors, as well as live performance.
  • It can be a Sound Installation (related to sound art and sound sculpture) and can include interactive art technology (computers, sensors, mechanical and kinetic devices), speakers, musical instruments or parts, as well as live performance.
  • It can be Performance Art scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media, the performer can be present or absent, but should involve four basic elements: Time, Space, The Performer’s Body or presence in a medium, and a relationship between the performer and the audience.
  • It can be Interactive Art – A form of art that involves the spectator/audience in a way that allows the art to achieve its purpose or define it purpose/message and can include monitors, computers, sensors, video, mechanical and kinetic devices.