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This will be a simulcast conversation with choreographer Marda Kirn, Director of the EcoartNetwork, Dr. Jim White, geobiochemist and Director of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Studies, Dr. Michele Dionne, wetlands biologist and Director of Research at the Wells National Research Reserve, Dr. Don Krug, Education Department at the University of British Columbia, Peter Buotte, artist who has worked on issues in Iraq and artist Aviva Rahmani, currently working on "Gulf to Gulf," focusing on New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, will be webcast for later distribution as a desktop sharing session between all participants. http://www.ghostnets.vox.com/
(Unedited till there's funding) live panel from Lesley University: Continued Dialog with Blaze Feminist Artists and Writers. Real time there was live desktop sharing by invitation using webex. Wednesday, March 5, 2009 5-8:00 PM Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. There is no webcast recording from this episode. BLAZE is a recent anthology, co-edited by Karen Frostig and Kathy A. Halamka. The book celebrates past victories and charts new directions for today's second and third wave feminist artists. The book contains 32 essays written by 42 feminists, looking at how feminism has matured over the years and the pressing agendas for today's feminists working in the arts. www.blazediscourse.com Panelists: Noreen Dresser, L√??√?¬Ę??Merchie Frazier, Denise Malis, Mari Novotny-Jones, Thea Paneth, Aviva Rahmani, Anna Shapiro, Ruth Wallen, Anna Wexler.
In the New Year, the Virtual Concerts will be operating with a new platform, less frequently but combining open audio with webex desktop sharing for up to 25 participants, downloadable for free, after recording. This episode will explain why we are changing our format, what our future plans will be and how to participate live.
What if the question isn't how to restore coastal wetlands but how to expand uplands marshes and retrofit urban design to accommodate tidal flushing and indigenous revegetation into built infrastructure? Dr Reed is a coastal geomorphologist at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA and Interim Director of the Ponchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences. She has called this question the great engineering challenge of the 21rst century and worked on exactly this problem since 2005, in the Gulf of Mexico, in the aftermath of Katrina.
Gunderson's speciality is in managing surprising systems. He is the founding chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University from 1999-2005. He has served as the executive director of the Resilience Network, as Vice Chair of the Resilience Alliance and on the Science Advisory Board of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, and Chair of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committee on Ecological Impacts of Road Density. He is also Co-Editor in Chief of the online journal Ecology and Society (www.ecologyandsociety.org). In 2007 he was named a Beijer Fellow, of the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. His expertise in change has been applied to the Everglades, the upper Mississippi and the Grand Canyon. We will discuss the world after the election, seen thru the lens of modeling analysis for natural resources in the age of global warming.
The Murray River has been under seige. It is huge. What can save it? Artist Bonita Ely's work is her response.
In this dawn of new hope, with a new administration coming in, how will we manage the transitions to tackle the immense problems we face now and undo the damage of the past 8 years? How has Maine stepped into the limelight at the forefront of energy and environmental issues, including the fragile fisheries? What are the big problems that still need to be tackled? What role might ecological art play in this future?
The endangered guitar is a concept rather an object, that pushes the limits of comfort. In our post-Bush world, in the Age of Global Warming and Climate Change, what is our relationship to such abstractions? Tammen is the Deputy Director of Harvestworks, NYC.
Re-designing existing urban infrastructure to accomodate environmental sress is rarely glamourous. There are responsible urban developers and irresponsible developers working on this problem. The urban consequences from both are entwined with larger resource issues. The Upper West side of Manhattan, in New York City is now engaged in a legal battle over exactly these questions of accountability. What are the implications from this case study, for larger global environmental concerns? How does one fight for environmental justice for an entire, complex system, at the economic heart of the Western world, one building at a time? And what does ecological art have to do with it?
Today's art world privileges a star system. But ecological art is about the collaborative process that produces change. How does that work itself out practically? Chris Fremantle is currently Research Associate on The Artist as Leader with On The Edge Research at Gray's School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
How bad can it get? Two years ago, shortly after the "Virtual Concerts" began, Marda Kirn, of the EcoArts Network, initiated the "Weather Report" show with Lucy Lippard, for BMCA and put Dr. Jim White, carbon emissions scientist and Director of the INSTAAR Institute, at UCB, and Aviva Rahmani together to collaborate on new work. The results, "Tipping Points/ Trigger Points." is still being shown internationally, now in Russia in, "In Transition, Russia." White forecast that around now, we would enter the fast phase of climate change. Together, from the research, the team foresaw enormous economic and social disruption. Is what we're seeing today in global financial markets just the beginning of a new and very unstable world order? What can the particular vision of artist-scientist led teams have to contribute to the solution?
Scientists now predict an 11% temperature rise by century's end and the imminent loss of up to 36% of all mammals. Theresa Secord is a Native American basketmaker and a representative of her Tribes. She has witnessed the decline of key plant species, as Ash and sweet grass that are integral to her culture. At the same time, her community is struggling with social, economic and political marginalization. Many believe First peoples have the knowledge to permit us to survive global warming. When will we help them help us?
Artist Susan Steinman has specialized in activist community public art. She recently returned from Germany, where she completed one of several international projects. How effective can temporary community engagement be and what does it say about how change occurs?
IN 1984, Sue Dakin ran for president of the United States of America, "An Artist for President." This year, she is publishing a book about the meaning of that project. What in fact does it mean all these years later, as the "real" candidates step forward? In these times of radical fear and loathing, can artists be part of realistic policy implementation?
Mid-hurricane season, experts and residents of New Orleans will discuss comparisons between pre and after Katrina. The hurricane season was just blooming when I got to New Orleans a few weeks ago and then went on to Baton Rouge, for a conference at LSU on Deltaic Systems. There was a lot of good show & tell about modeling sustainable systems between wetlands and infrasructure. I left just before Gustav arrived. What did we all really learn in three years and how much can artists be part of the solutions ahead?
As the DNC determines it's new direction and McCain and Obama line things up for the battle for American votes ahead, we will wind things down here with an assessment of what was accomplished and what is ahead.
Robert Costanza, at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, is one of the leading economists of our times and initiated the idea that GNP had to tally with actual the ecological costs of business as usual. With Paul Hawken, David Orr, and John Todd, he is initiating a new journal: "Solutions." In the age of global warming and over-population, what do we need to look at and how?
Tom Stokes is the co-ordinator of the Climate Change Coalition, a clearing house for news on the global climate crisis, world wide. What is it like to sit on all that data about fear and hope? Which candidate is it safe to vote for and why? How do the international parts link up?
Educator and artist Beverly Naidus has worked in the field of art activism for most of her career. In these times, an energized population is one of the key factors that could help humanity turn the tide of short-sighted consumption. How does one teach or learn empowered engagement?
More and more artists and scientists are crossing over into eachother's disciplines as much as collaborating between fields. T. Allan Comp has worked to reclaim water systems degraded by coal mining. He has strong feelings on the collaboation between dsiciplines. What are the implications for how we all need to address global warming?
Some scientists say we are in the slow phase of global warming and in another couple years, will be entering the fast phase. What will that do to coastal communities? Dr. Dionne, Research Director at Wells, NERR and Rahmani have collaborated formally and informally on wetlands issues since 1993. The pressing question they will address, for the 100th podcast of the Virtual Concerts, is the race between saving wetlands and the worst effects of climate change.
Bahr is a coastal scientist knowledgable about Louisiana's coastal crises and restoration efforts. He has spent 18 years trying to advance the role of science in public policy decisions, including as coastal advisor to several governors before Katrina.
Kagan and Keulig are sociologists whose work crosses a series of disciplines, including art. In some crisis areas, as in Africa, where they have recently been working, that flexibility is the best tool to create outreach. Is that also the answer to the future for us all?
What if the most appropriate action we can take for Earth Day is no action?
As much as virtuality can be the solution to communications and the future, it is also it's own Pandora's Box of environmental problems. What are those problems and how may we address them?
Feminist artist and educator Suzanne Lacy, author of "Mapping the Terrain," has been one of the past masters of mainstream media attention. Her roots are in community organizing. What can she say about how to reach and activate large numbers of people? What are the pros and cons of that kind of art work?
Jan van Boeckel is a Dutch anthropologist, visual artist, art teacher and filmmaker who has work3ed internationally. His work concerns the worldviews and environmental philosophies of indigenous peoples. His current research deals with ‚??opening the senses‚?? in our current ecological crisis, particularly when working with children.
Lipton & Watts have recently curated E.P.A. for Exit Art Gallery in New York City. What questions arise when choosing art to address environmental crisis: what are the criteria? How does a collaborative curatorial practice work? What other shows do they consider important and where are they?
Technology, the environment and pedagogy. Don Krug of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and students will address questions about the relationship between virtual reality and environmental realities.
This anthology of feminist writing has just been published
at a time when the presidential campaign trail is being blazed by a woman.
How might the contents of this book give us insight into how gender politics
may determine ecological thinking in
Stephen Oliver of the Childrens Museum of Portland, Maine will speak about an international consortium of Children's Museums engaging with artists to address environmental education for children. What are the challenges and opportunities?
Mac Arthur fellow and fisherman Ted Ames, was the executive director of the Maine Gillnetters Association. He served as marine resources director for Maineâ??s sustainable fisheries organization, the Island Institute, as president and laboratory director of Alden/Ames Laboratory, and for many years as an advisor to the New England Fisheries Management Council.
Ecological artist Stacy Levy has been involved in a number
of public art landscape restorations. She will speak to how
To what extent can the ideals of ecological art translate into public works as public art in urban settings? What are the problems and solutions that arise? Wendy Feuer speaks from her experience as a public art curator and as Assistant Commissioner of Urban Design & Art, Division of Planning and Sustainability, Department of Transportation, NYC.
What does the libido have to do with the economics of global warming? Businesses are turning their eyes to the impact of global warming. Artist Paul McCarthy is internationally nortorious for confronting culture with it's sexual ambivalence. Most recently, he converted a New York gallery into a glitzy factory to produce top line chocolate Santas with Xmas trees that look like sex toys. Are there implications to take seriously in this model?
The cultural framing of sexuality is not what we routinely
think about when we talk about global warming. Artist Carolee Schneemann
has been a pioneer in asking us to reconsider the role of sexuality in
our most fundamental political movtivations. Animal behavioral studies
tell us our social choices are often predetermined by biological drives,
with little difference between us and other species. We will discuss the
implications of that idea in Schneemann's work and it's application to
strategies to deal with
The work of photographer and activist, Subankhar Banerjee, has influenced public policy debates. Home from Siberia, what can he tell the rest of us about how that works?
Krause was a pioneer of acoustic ecological analysis. His work records and analyzes the difference between the sound of a healthy vs an unhealthy ecosystem. The differences reflect complex implications in our times of global warming. He will speak to his work in the Arctic and its implications.
Artist Ellen K. Levy, technological trailblazer and immediate past president of the College Art Association, talks about her resumed graduate studies and how she and other artists are exploring biotechnology, stressing its potential to alter life as we know it. She asks us to consider the role of biotechnology with respect to countering some of the effects of neurotoxins and how art can illuminate the issues.
Artist Eve Laramee reports on what nuclear energy and the legacy of atomic weapons research has meant to New Mexico. Her work focuses on Los Alamos.
Making Public Ecological Art in China. What can we learn? As global water concerns accelerate and the art world evolves, is there an emerging international place for this kind of work?
Artist Basia Irland will talk about the launch of her new book.
Starting with Damon's work and discussing other artists, as Brandon Ballangee, Arnold speaks of her work at the Teaneck Conservancy and what needs to happen to make this kind of work accessible.
Mierle Ukeles is known for her long-standing association with restoring the huge Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. She was also the author of the manifesto on housekeeping in the late sixties that launched her career. She will talk about what she has learned in her life as an ecological artist.
Veronica L. Young, Development Coordinator at the Marine Environmental Research Institute, reports on the implications of wild seals dying of flame retardant contamination in the pristine Gulf of Maine.
Susan Lerner and Steve Katona were among the founding faculty of College of the Atlantic, the first college based on an ecological premise. Steve also founded Allied Whale, a Marine Mammal Research Group.
Mary Jo Aagerstoum has launched the South Florida Environmental Art Project, inspired by the decimation of the Everglades. She will speak to what this means locally and nationally.
What we do to chickens, effects global warming. Artist Hope Sandrow documents the life and times of a rooster (see: http://hopesandrow.viewnetcam.com:5000.), challenging both our specism and deconstructing modern farming practices.
Activist artists are moving from observing and documenting protest to being part of the pro-active solutions. Steve Durland will report on how Community Arts keeps a pulse on such work internationally.
Following up on the September 11th Virtual Concert with Oleg Koefoed on how collectives of scientists, philosophers and artists are making important political statements in important art venues.
Steven Durland and Linda Burnham have been monitoring and reporting on community based arts activism for many years, building on their former career publishing High Performance Magazine. Durland will discuss how he sees the arts responding to today's world.
Reporting live from the opening of Lucy Lippard's Weather Report show of 51 international artists at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art with EcoArts, exhibiting on global warming.
Danish Creative Philosopher Oleg Koefoed of the Gravitations Centre for Action Philosophy reports from Rome, on the events of the international artist-scientist group, cultura21, in the Joseph Beuys Pavilion at the recent Venice Beinnale, Venice, Italy; podcasting with Lucy Lippard from the "Weather Report" show in Boulder, CO., USA.
Ruth Wallen is part of the faculty at Goddard College. Her multimedia work, dedicated to encouraging dialogue about ecological and social issues, includes observing creating habitat fragmentation in San Diego, CA.
Artist Joyce Cutler Shaw, will speak about her international work on water and survival, dating back to 1982.
Composer Steven Miller, http://pubweb.csf.edu/smiller, of the College of Santa Fe is co-editor with Jim Cummings, both of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, for the upcoming Soundscapes Journal issue on the confluence between Art, Science, Environment, Activism.
Laramee's "Fluid Geographies," work investigates tritium seepage, part of the environmental legacy of Los Alamos research and development of atomic weapons in Northern New Mexico.
Art writer and Critic Carey lovelace, is completing a 2-volume history of feminist art.
Dr. Hans Dieleman speaks to our present ecological status and indigenous issues. Dieleman is a Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Visiting Professor at the Universidad Metropolitana Campus Azcapotzalco, Mexico.
Machlis works internationally to apply multi-disciplinary scientific approaches to environmental crisis.
The Merrimans have struggled for years, as activist ecological artists, to conserve a significant protion of open land in the Pittsburg area. They will speak to how and why sthey did that and the recent but precarious successes they have finally seen.
Dr. Hans Dieleman speaks on World Environment Day, a Time
to Reflect on our present ecological status. Dieleman is a Professor at
Erasmus University Rotterdam and Visiting Professor at the Universidad
AutÃ≥noma Metropolitana Campus
Students of activist-artist-educator Beverly Naidus, at the University of Washington at Tacoma, speak about what troubles them about today's world and how they experience art and environmental justice, as citizens of that world.
Dr Jim White of the Instaar Institute in Boulder, CO., specializing in carbon studies in the Arctic & Anarctic, will discuss the implications of recent UN Reports on Global Warming. How bad is it?
Second try: Sacha Kagan, Social Scientist, co-curator and organizer of the 2007 interdisciplinary and international ESA (art sociology) conference on Sustainability from the Univerversity of Lueneberg, Germany, discusses what was accomplished and future directions.
As a gallery director, architect and city planning activist in Riverhead, NY, Berry is hosting the exhibition, Called to Action, curated by Lillian Ball, to instigate local conservation in the midst of development. Can art help make that possible? What else can it do?
Marda Kirn mobilized Lucy Lippard and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to address global warming with a major show planned for September 2007. She will discuss how she has helped engage scientists, artists and others to address this crisis.
Artist-curator Antonio Cerveira Pinto will speak about organizing the ecological art show, Bios4, for Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain, which opens May 4. He will discuss his vision to globalize curatorial practice and consider hope for a world in ecological crisis.
What is the art environment for ecological art today? Heartney has written on ecological art and pluralism in the art world.
Resurrections vs Raping People; raping the environment. An interview of Smith by Rahmani and Rahmani by Smith about the trajectories of their retrospective careers as feminists and performance artists in an era of ecological change.
Artist and educator Beverly Naidus has a long career of experimenting with activism in her work. She now teaches and observes it in a younger generation. She will speak to what she has seen and experienced of that kind of artwork.
Educator Steve Fifield will talk about his role as facilitator for science educators in the New England Workshop on Science and Social Policy, NEWSSC, at Woods Hole, with workshop leader Peter Taylor. They will discuss what has come of their work.
Artist Lynne Hull discusses the work she has done internationally
to mitigate the effects of human fragmentation on
Dr. Michele Dionne, Director of Science for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, discusses what strategies and insights scientists are applying to the effects of global warming on coastal regions.
Voluntary conservation and restrictions on fishermen, have encouraged the return of ground fish stocks and stabilized the lobster industry. Now LB170 proposes to allow bycatch lobsters to be sold, challenging that balance. What does that have to do with ecological art?
02/27/2007 -- Curator Mary Jo Aagerstoun and scientist Meg Lowman discuss the philosophy and evolution of women in relation to the environment, comparing approaches in the arts, sciences and internationally.
Joel Chadabe discusses how sound and music may be a first line of defense in response to global warming and how artists are taking up this challenge.
Installation artist Andre Polli discusses her work with scientists and other artists, addressing climate change.
Tom MrCormack, Native American storyteller speaks to how tradional environmental knowledge (TEK) and wisdom addresses global warming. This is true, even as indigenous peoples world wide are threatened by the effects of climate change.
Lillian Ball speaks about her work on Long Island, NY and how that is part of her practice as an ecological artist.
David Rothenberg has traveled extensively internationally, making music with animals in the rainforest, with whales in the ocean and published widely about what he learned.
We will talk about what that has meant to him and how that relates to current environmental concerns. If guests are interested, we wille xperiment with virtual improvisations.
Anthony Ramos has worked in China, Eastern Europe and Africa in the midst of political turmoil. Now, a successful painter, living in France, he speaks to the changing role of the artist today.
Claude Schryer artist and administrator of the Canadian
Council for the Arts with Beth Carruthers, ecological artist on how her
Birdsong project brought them together. they will speak of the "Think
Tank" event for ecological art and policy and where to
Global warming options need to be co-ordinated. How can ecological art hold a key to population control, international law, habitat fragmentation, energy use, resource extraction and water subsidence to address global warming? This is a design issue as much as an intellectual puzzle.
Linda Weintraub speaks about publishing on ecological art practice and conferences as venue; how to get these ideas to the public.
Curator Jodi Hanel of Exit Art in NYC speaks about what it was like to present the first major ecological art show of the 2006 season, on water issues, to the art world in NYC, Spring 2006.
Jeroen Van Westen, Dutch ecological artist, speaks of how his projects, often with engineers and those of others address global warming, the loss of land base and other resource issues in the Netherlands.
Janet Goldner speaks of how the culture and sounds of Mali influenced her work. We discuss how such cross-cultural experiences cn contribute towards solving environmental issues.
Swiss composer-artist Moritz Wettstein, in residence at Harvestworks, NYC presents international virtual music improvisations with NETPD community, Also listen to live sounds now at: http://www.netpd.org/netpd.m3u
Virtual vs. on the ground ecological interventions that lead to restoration of the environment and virtual showcasing. Sound clip from Janus Kober.
"Dreamspeaking Indigenous Solutions with Tom McCormack" with Native American Activist and Storyteller Tom McCormack.
Artist Jo Hanson will speak about her piuoneering career
from San Francisco and what her involvement with Bioneers has meant
Deborah Frizell, Greg Sholette, Aviva Rahmani and students talk of work and site observations.
Water in India, Ravi Agarwal.
Native porpoise hunters in Maine recorded by Rob Rosenthal; Summary of August Virtual Concerts experiments.
A discussion between Dave Nelson, President of TalkShoe, Sam Bower of greenmuseum.org and Aviva Rahmani about how to use this vehicle to identify and solve problems of access and audience for the genre if ecological art.
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