Aviva Rahmani, ecological artist
Gulf to Gulf and Virtual Bridges Statement

Gulf to Gulf/Virtual Bridges Statement

"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" has been comparing the impacts of climate change and global warming on gulf regions internationally, since 2009. Initiated by Aviva Rahmani from “Trigger Points/ Tipping Points,” (2007) (https://vimeo.com/18671116) 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 (http://instaar.colorado.edu/people/james-w-c-white/) “Gulf to Gulf,” is a collection of raw recordings of webcast conversations (https://vimeo.com/groups/207996) that have been accessed by over 75 countries, with participants Rahmani, White, 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/index.php/people/faculty/eugene-turner/) and others. The project team now includes James Bradley, Executive Director of WebServes: http://www.webserves.org and includes an educational component (http://gulftogulf.org). These conversations use desktop sharing and video conferencing to understand the implications and solutions to ecosystem collapse. 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, but added live and pre-recorded visuals that culminate in multi-media and still visual representations of the on-line research.

Tracking the Mississippi

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."

 

A full project prospectus and budget for Gulf to Gulf” is available on request to donors by emailing ghostnets@ghostnets.com

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