Aviva Rahmani’s Blued Trees for Aqueous Earth Event

December 15, 2015 6:30pm

June 21st overture destroyed by Spectra. Photo by Aviva Rahmani, November 23, 2015.

Aviva Rahmani will perform the first three movements of Blued Trees, a five-part symphony that began with an overture in Peekskill, New York during the summer solstice in June 2015 and will conclude on Election Day in 2016.Newtown Creek is the second movement of the symphony, and is conceived in relation to the exhibition Aqueous Earth. Blued Trees at ISCP will be a musical installation with live performers and projections and will include a requiem for the lost habitat of Newtown Creek that has become a Superfund site.

Peekskill was chosen for the overture of Blues Trees because plans for expanded pipelines there would pass within 105 feet of the flawed Indian Point nuclear plant which is only 30 miles from New York City. The music for Peekskill was installed as a series of vertical symbols painted on trees with ultramarine blue and buttermilk, to grow moss and reflect the connection between trees and water. The designated pattern of the painted trees was aerially conceived as one-third-mile-long musical measures. One tree equaled one note. Blued Trees has or will be been installed in 20 sites internationally, and is copyrighted to initiate litigation against the pipeline companies.

We are pleased to invite you to the premiere of the first three movements of Blued Trees, a live performance with media, at ISCP in New York City (http://www.iscpnyc.org/events/current/blued_trees_for_aqueous_earth.html). After the performance there will be a brief conversation with the artist, Aviva Rahmani.

The overture trees were cut down by the Spectra Corporation for high volume natural gas pipeline. The destruction was in defiance of the Cease and Desist notification meant to protect Blued Trees and the habitat and community they were a part of for the overture in Peekskill, NY. This is still a critical site because the expanded, high-pressure pipeline would pass 105′ from a decrepit nuclear plant (Indian Point) situated just 30 miles from New York City.

You may enjoy this new article about the project: http://cornellsun.com/2015/12/03/aviva-rahmanis-blued-trees-and-the-fight-against-pipelines/

The Blued Trees overture from June 21, 2015 can be found here: https://vimeo.com/135290635.

Please consider making a donation to help cover the cost of the legal work needed to stop pipelines with Blued Trees: Blued Trees Defense 2.

This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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