The Subliminal History of New York State is a project of the Society for a Subliminal State (Dashow and Karlsberg) and incorporates local and New York history, research, songwriting, video and community engagement. At the project’s core is a narrative about New York, its land progress, industrialization, utopianism – its “subliminal history.” Starting with Under Island, the First Chapter in The Subliminal History of New York State.
Under Island documents a turbulent and unmapped history. Carrying out psychical and physical research for months, Carrie uncovered the island as a living breathing monster that after gaining its sight, desires to leave Manhattan’s East River. Carrie tells the island’s story through a mix of assumptive and fact-based evidence, creating a narrative that is truer than true. Performance, songs and books. 2004/ 5
On its way upriver the island is contained momentarily in the caves of Rosendale for a summer project with the Century House Historical Society. 2006
During the summer of 2007, traveling Further Northways along the river, with shape note singer and composer, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg they turn west along the Old Mohawk River. A journey along the short lived yet influential route of the now defunct Erie Canal, and American Industrialism. Blending history, local lore, intuition, and geology they attempt to to unearth the underlying story.