"Gulf to Gulf," is a multi year, cross media ecological art work in progress. The project began in 2009 and is sponsored as a 501.C3 by the New York Foundation for the Arts*. The focus of "Gulf to Gulf" is to observe the impact of global warming on gulf regions internationally. Work includes site observation and interactive desktop sharing sessions with scientists and others led by Aviva Rahmani. During the online sessions, relationships between changing natural systems and built infrastructure in gulf regions are examined while live visuals are generated. Documentation, analysis and interpretation intended to generate new insights about climate change and global warming is presented in interactive new media installations. The end goal is to affect climate change policy.
"Gulf to Gulf" is a collaboration with Dr. James White, paleoecologist, Professor of Geological Sciences, Fellow and Director of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO: instaar.colorado.edu/index.html, Dr. R. Eugene Turner, dead zone biologist, and Distinguished Research Master and Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA: http://www.oceanography.lsu.edu/turner.shtm and others, using desktop sharing and video conferencing. Guests have included the late Dr. Michele Dionne, former Director of Research at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine, Dr. Thomas Dunlap, Environmental Historian, Professor at Texas A & M University and Dr. Harvey Hix an American poet, scholar and Professor at University of Wyoming.
"Gulf to Gulf" builds on the Virtual Concerts format of free-flowing discussions, adds live and pre-recorded visuals and culminates in multi-media and still visual representations of the on-line research.
Fish Story, is the current phase of "Gulf to Gulf". Our team was invited to create this project for "Memphis Social," by curator Tom McGlynn, cofounder of "Beautiful Fields" (www.beautifulfields.org), which was awarded the domestic 2013 franchise support grant from apexart http://www.apexart.org/franchise.php to produce "Memphis Social" May 2013, in Memphis, TN. Glynn previously curated "Arcadia Now" (2011-2012): www.arcadianow.net and "East of Fresno" (2011): www.thehatcheryartspaces.org.
So far our team has been collaborating to create material showing the synergy between environmental factors, including climate change, affecting fish in the Mississippi, in the vicinity of Memphis. Our particular interest is in how emerging global factors may be impacting fish. Many people are not aware that fish are being affected by all the same factors causing disruptive drought, storms, temperature extremes and flooding world wide. Memphis is an important location because it is at a half way point between factory farms upstream and dead zones downstream in the Gulf of Mexico, in a system which affects fish. The goal of Fish Story will be a series of events to support local and regional conservation and enhance restoration science. Fish Story progress can be followed on Pushing Rocks http://pushingrocks.blogspot.com/. We encourage you to add your fish story to our collection.
Above clip from Gulf to Gulf performance "Tracking the Mississippi" May 13th, 2011. Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani with Dr. James White and Dr. Eugene Turner."
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