Rachel Garber Cole

The Warmest Years on Record: An Oral History
Artistic Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2022

“The Warmest Years on Record” (2018-ongoing) is an oral history project that collects audio recorded interviews about people’s emotional, psychological and sensorial experiences of living in the climate crisis. In the summer and fall of 2021, I spoke with members of thirteen Brooklyn community gardens and farms. I learned not only about how the crisis impacts them personally, but also listened to their observations on how the changing weather and shifting seasons has effected what and how things grow in New York City. This summer I’ll be sharing these conversations with the public through a series of sign-based audio installations outside the fences of participating gardens across the borough. Listen in at community gardens and farms throughout Brooklyn and learn how your neighbors are processing this profound moment of change.

Photo by Jordan Levie, March 2021.