Yearly Archives: 2009

Art Nature Dialogues: a review.

Ideas are a bit like oxygen. The right amount allows us functionality;  too much and we get all high. Such is the feeling you get after a read of Art Nature Dialogues, wherein John K. Grande interviews a series of environmental artists.  There’s a spectacular array of materials and viewpoints, from the manure sculptures of Jerilea Zempel to the interventions of Betty Beaumont. What emerges is not only a concise study of environmental artists and their motivations, but an opportunity to examine the way artists describe their work.

When asked what brought them together as artists, for instance, Gilles Bruni and Marc Babarit , known for such works as The Stream Path, reply:

“The face of working as a pair, in situ and outside brings a fundamental social dimension to our work, firstly about ‘minimal ethnic unity,’ . . . Being two, we develop the minimal conditions of collaboration and codependance, of synergy, of respect of the sharing, of conflict and contract . .”

To be blunt: What? Not every artist is quite so over-articulate, but the language of the interviews ranges from the simple and practical to the etheral and other-worldly. I’d love to be able to draw a parallel here between the quality of an artist’s work and the words they use to describe it, but that parallel would be nothing but gaudy bauble-words.

That same lung-opening high you might get from The Stream Path is present in Spin Offs by Patrick Dougherty, or Mario Reis’ river paintings. It’s what makes the artists particularly relevant and exciting (despite, not because of, their habit of comparing themselves to Andy Goldsworthy). These artists have struck a chord, gone beyond the Land Art movement of the 70s (which, they will tell you, was limitied in its true connection to place), and articulated relationships, feelings and memes that speak to where we are now(-ish).

It’s all summed up very well in a quote from Hamish Fulton, an artist of long walks:

Art is essential in a healthy society. As they say, art is like oxygen. Whether we say art is profound, or worth investing in, sexy, or a rip-off and and rubbish, it doesn’t matter, because all those crazy and insulting and wonderful qualities all go to make up what we call contemporary art.

Go to the Green Museum

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Mo`olelo’s Artistic Director, Seema Sueko, is heading to New York this weekend to participate in TCG’s (Theatre Communication Group’s) Fall Forum! She’ll be speaking at a breakout session called “The Green Opportunity” at 2:30 PM on Saturday, Nov 7, where she’ll talk about Mo`olelo’s greening initiative and share the latest versions of the Green Theater Choices Toolkit and Scorecards. Her co-panelists are Charlie Deull of Clark Transfer and Broadway Green Alliance, Seth Greenleaf of GFour Productions, and Susan Medak of Berkeley Repertory Theatre. They are all doing amazing working in greening the theater industry. If you’ll be in New York, come to the Fall Forum. Details and info here: http://tcg.org/events/fallforum/2009/index.cfm

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NYC Benefit Supports Green Roofs

Reprinted from NewsBlaze: “Raising the Roof with ‘Green’ Entertainment to Benefit the Environment” by Rajdeep K. Bhathal, November 3, 2009

Manhattan’s Theater for the New City will present “Raising the Roof” November 9, 2009 at 7 PM to benefit its green roof garden project. The event will feature actress and singer Tammy Grimes singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green”; actress Betsy von Furstenberg with a “green” reading; singer Judy Gorman with her repertoire of songs about peace and justice; post-vaudevillian (and author of NYC Fringe hit “Willy Nilly”) Trav S. D. performing songs from his show “Kitsch,” or “Two for the Price of One” which is upcoming at TNC; Richmond Shepard and Alex Simmons in a new play, “Luncheon or Two Men, a Park & Pigeons” by Paulanne Simmons; a concert reading of “Long time Passing,” a fable set in the ruins of a war-torn Central Park by award-winning playwright Barbara Kahn; environmentally friendly and funny songs by Lissa Moira and Richard West; and much more.

Betsy von Furstenberg, a longtime Theater for the New City friend, says, “I cannot speak highly enough of Crystal Field and TNC. She has achieved the unachievable every year.” “What makes you think that will work?” a board member once asked about an unlikely goal.” “Because I’m doing it,” she answered with such conviction there was no room for doubt. “And the theater’s green roof (the first in New York City!) will eventually blossom no matter what the hurdles TNC has to overcome. I’ll bet my life on it.”

Green roofs, building roofs that are covered with soil and vegetation, grant many benefits for urban environments: they absorb rainwater, provide insulation, combat pollution and offer a habitat for birds. Crystal Field, who initiated the project, hopes Theater for the New City’s green roof will be a beacon for the entire city. “We will be the first theater in New York City to have a green roof,” she says. “It will help our neighborhood. It will help the air quality on our block. There should be a green roof on every flat roof in New York City. Then we will have a green grid.”

“Raising the Roof” will take place at Theater for the New City, located at 155 First Avenue, between Ninth and Tenth Streets, in Manhattan. Tickets to the event are $10 and are availible online at www.theaterforthenewcity.net or through the box office phone at (212) 254-1109.

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Green Sight + Sound

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A Benefit for ecoartspace: Celebrating Ten Years of Art and Ecology Programs
& ME’DI.ATE’s Soundwave ((4)) Festival 2010.

BUY TICKETS NOW at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/88482

MORE INFO at www.me-di-ate.net/green-sight-sound/ or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168795131218

Dear Friends and Supporters of ecoartspace: We are very excited to invite you to our 10 year celebration event in San Francisco!

IMPORTANT INFO: If you can not attend please show your support for ecoartspace through a tax-deductible donation
Go to https://p7.secure.hostingprod.com/@www.saveourplanet.org/ssl/donatenow.html (be sure to type in ecoartspace in the project box).
Your donation of $20, $30, $50 or more will help us to continue our art and ecology programs in 2010.

what
Silent Auction of small works by over 30 environmental artists including affordable ephemera & signed catalogues just in time for the holidays! Artists include: Amy Franceschini, Andrea Polli, Fritz Haeg, Stephen Kaltenbach, Kim Abeles, Samantha Fields, Lisa Adams, Kim Stringfellow, Roy Staab, Christopher Kennedy, Mark Andrew Gravel, Gary Brewer, Judith Selby Lang, Vaughn Bell, Basia Irland, Abigail Doan, Lillian Ball, Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao, Mark Brest van Kempen, John Roloff, Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler, Linda McDonald, Christy Rupp, Karen Reitzel, Philip Krohn, Jorge Bachmann, Kim Anno, Sarah Pedlow, Kathryn Miller, Aviva Rahmani, Therese Lahaie, Ruri, and more.

Bay Area foodies unite! We will be serving Wine-Appetizers-Sweets by Terra Savia, Bi-Rite, Marin French Cheese Company, Paulding & Company Kitchen, Woodbridge Winery and other Bay Area purveyors.

And, special performances by acclaimed singer/song-writer Odessa Chen, electroacoustic sensations Myrmyr, guitarist Danny Paul Grody & other special guests.

where
Mina Dresden Gallery
312 Valencia @ 14th street
San Francisco, California

when
Friday, December 4th, 2009
6pm-9pm
Doors open at 6pm | Live Performances at 7pm
Art Auction Preview:
Friday December 4th 12pm-4pm

how
Tickets are $30 in advance and $50 for two, $35 at the door
BUY NOW at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/88482

ecoartspace (www.ecoartspace.org and ecoartspace.blogspot.com)

Since 1999, Patricia Watts and Amy Lipton of ecoartspace, have provided a platform for artists who address environmental issues internationally. During this time they have organized 38 exhibitions, over 70 programs, and have worked with over 400 artists. Their total budget has been almost $800,000, of which $280,000 was paid directly to artists for site-specific installations. Their programs have been viewed or attended by more than 200,000 people, and they have collaborated/partnered with over 140 organizations.

SOUNDWAVE ((4)): GREEN SOUND (www.projectsoundwave.com)

The fourth season of Soundwave, happening throughout Summer 2010, will be the most adventurous yet. Artists, composers and musicians will explore our sonic connections to the environment investigating the wonders of natural world, and examining environmental responsibility and sustainability through awe-inspiring performances and installations.

MEDIATE (www.me-di-ate.net)

Founded in 1998, ME’DI.ATE is a San Francisco-based art organization creating experiential art through products, exhibitions, and live events. ME’DI.ATE is the mastermind behind the acclaimed Soundwave, the most innovative sound/art/music festival in the Bay Area. Bringing together some of the most compelling sound purveyors from across the sonic spectrum. Soundwave produces experiential performances that challenge the way you see and hear sound and music.

SEE YOU THERE!!!

Patricia Watts and Amy Lipton
ecoartspace 1999-2009

PLYMOUTH ARTS CENTRE | Call for Artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS
Performance Market | 21-24 January 2010

Deadline for applications 5pm, Monday 23 November 2009

Call for artists from all disciplines interested in developing performance elements in their work

Artists (including students) from Devon and Cornwall are invited to make a proposal for Performance Market. Internationally acclaimed performance artist Marina Abramović will select seven artists to develop a site-specific durational performance work around Plymouth City Market. The aim of Performance Market is to support emerging performance practices and selected artists who will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and surgeries to develop their idea. 

Presented by Plymouth Arts Centre and the Marina Abramović Institute for Preservation of Performance Art in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency. Performance Market is part of the symposium and exhibition The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow, presenting new live durational performance works at The Slaughterhouse, Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

Deadline for applications by email: 5pm Monday 23 November 2009.
If you are unsure if your work is eligible please feel free to contact us. 
Find out more about how to apply or contact Caroline Mawdsley, Education and Outreach Curator


Performance Market is devised by Helen Pritchard and Caroline Mawdsley.


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LIVE ART DEVELOPMENT AGENCY | Call for Proposals


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is the seventh annual live art platform event organised by Platform North East to encourage the making, presentation and exchange of innovative live art and interdisciplinary practice within the north east region of England. The event aims to support emerging live art practice as well as to provide an opportunity for work that challenges contemporary categories of art and we are seeking to select 10–12 proposals that best represent these aims. Selected artists will receive support to develop and make their work and a small fee.


eligibility
Artists who live or work in the Arts Council England, North East region (County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear) are invited to submit proposals of work for inclusion. These can be performance, time-based, sound, dance, intervention, durational, and interdisciplinary. Each work submitted must include a live element in its presentation. If you have any uncertainty about what type of work is eligible, please feel free to contact us.

this year’s event
This year the event will be taking place on Friday 11 December 2009 at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne (map location) and all publicly accessible spaces within the cinema’s premises are potentially available. If you would like to see the available spaces within the building, please contact us.

application procedure
The application form and further information are available at platformnortheast.org or you can email us with your details and we’ll send you a copy. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any particular requirements.

selection process
All proposals will be considered by members of the platform north east steering group which includes Lee Callaghan (amino), Paul Grimmer (artist), Michelle Hirschhorn (independent curator), Ilana Mitchell (artist) and Ben Ponton (amino).

for more information contact mail@platformnortheast.org

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 18:00 FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2009
NOTIFICATION TO ARTISTS OF SUCCESSFUL PROPOSALS: FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2009
EVENT: FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER 2009

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Waste Reduction & Recycling Workshop


Did you know that nearly 70% of materials thrown in the trash are commonly recyclable? Help educate your students by educating yourself. Go to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Workshop!

Are you interested in learning why recycling is so critical? Interested in how to recycle on your campus? Interested in the best practices to take your recycling program to the next level? The Waste Reduction and Recycling Workshop introduces participants to Los Angeles County’s waste cycle and helps teachers and students set up or improve their campus recycling programs.

The Waste Reduction & Recycling Workshop will take place:

Saturday, November 7th
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Registration begins at 8:30am
Culver City High School
4401 Elenda Street
Culver City, CA 90230

Click here to register! Registration Deadline: November 6th, 2009
Contact Steve Howe at: showe@treepeople.org or (310) 402-7400

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