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Our third international issue focuses on projects that call attention to topics that extend well beyond national borders. With a focus on interdependence, and an abundance of contributions about water, ice, and sea rise, this issue addresses the space between national borders- our oceans. Featuring work from Moe Beitiks, Chantal Bilodeau, Eve Mosher, Michael Pinksy, Christopher Robbins, and Liz Ward.
Weâ€™ve been noticing a flurry of work that exists at the intersection between art and science. This includesÂ installation and performance pieces that challenge scientific claims, and work that utilizes science to prove aÂ point, or to reach a new audience. Itâ€™s about fact-imbedded art, or emotions and reasoning co-existing.
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Our tenth issue anniversary! For this issue, we will breathe new life into our pilot issue, and will check in withÂ those participating artists.
EcoArt on the West Palm Beach waterfront. Michael Springer served as the primary designer of this project, completed in 2010. This work is a significant example of the cross disciplinary work of a sculptor who has been doing large scale infrastructure related environmentally sensitive art for decades.
DCA: Tell us about EcoArt South Florida.
EcoArt South Florida: EcoArt South Florida encourages broad support for environmental stewardship within communities by involving citizens of all ages and demonstrating innovative and aesthetically striking ways to create and save energy, reduce heat island effect, capture and reuse stormwater and many other positive approaches to enhancing the health of our interrelated ecosystems. EcoArt (short for ecological art) is not a new art practice. It is only new here in Florida!
Volunteers collect seeds as a part of EcoArtist Xavier Cortada’s installation on Lincoln Road in Miami. Cortada is a multitalented artist whose projects to restore Florida’s urban canopies and mangrove stands are large scale performance pieces involving hundreds of non artist volunteers, government agencies and philanthropic organizations. (photo submitted by EcoArt South Florida)
Cortada’s EcoArt installation on Lincoln Road in Miami. (photo submitted by EcoArt South Florida)
DCA: How does EcoArt encourage the public, and in particular, elected officials, to incorporate arts and culture into everyday life?
EcoArt South Florida: EcoArt South Florida intends to assist targeted communities to establish â€œEcoArt Nodesâ€ in each of South Floridaâ€™s five watersheds by 2015. We define an EcoArt Node asÂ a committed group of stakeholders, with a strong organization at its center (either as its own nonprofit, or as a subunit of an existing organization) dedicated to growing EcoArt and supporting emerging EcoArtists in their locale.Â An important stakeholder group that must always be included as each EcoArt Node is established, are elected and career officials of municipal and county governments.
The locations for our EcoArt Nodes have been scientifically identified by ourÂ GIS study of all five watersheds in South Florida, completed for us by Dartmouth Collegeâ€™s department of geography undergraduate students, Spring, 2011.
EcoArt South Floridaâ€™s comprehensive community education program and artist apprenticeshipÂ is specifically designed to engage key communities in best ways to establish and support strong EcoArt practices in their areas. We will work with the communities identified as EcoArt Nodes to field this program which will be the basis for ongoing development and support of EcoArt practice.
In addition to establishment of targeted EcoArt Nodes, starting in early 2012, EcoArt South Florida Board and Advisory Committee members will begin to meet where they live, with county and city officials.
To date, the only municipality in Florida we are aware of that has done this is Boynton Beach. Credit goes to Boyntonâ€™s Mayor and Commissioners for establishing a Green Alliance of local citizens involved in Green urban and community development that recommended key elements of a Green Ordinance for the city. EcoArt South Florida was a member of this alliance. The resulting new ordinance Includes mention of EcoArt at various places. We are delighted to encourage our city and county officials to follow the lead of Boynton Beach in assuring that EcoArt is included as their communities develop creative ways to â€œgo green.â€
Follow the link to learn more about how EcoArt has been integrated intoÂ Boyntonâ€™s many new green initiatives, please contact the administrator of Art in Public PlacesÂ Debby Coles-Dobay.
Jackie Brookner (NY) and Angelo Ciotti (PA) are EcoArtists embedded in design team for restoration of West Palm Beach’s largest urban green space, Dreher Park, revamped from 2002-2005 to expand water retention. Features “BioSculpture” ™ in new retention pond which cleans waters with plants on the sculpture’s surface, sculptural earthen mounds reminiscent of indigenous people’s shell mounds, created from dirt excavated to create a large new retention pond, and a learning garden featuring plants used by inhabitants over a thousand year period to the present. (photo submitted by EcoArt South Florida)
DCA:Â What does EcoArt do for South Florida?
EcoArt South Florida: EcoArt practice has many identities. All contribute to the community. Most involve the community at every level of the planning, design and creation of EcoArt projects.
In addition to our consultations with communities we have identified as EcoArt Nodes, and continuing to develop our pilot community education and artist apprenticeship program, EcoArt South Florida is also currently working on three program aspects that we believe have great potential for inspiration, education and engagement of the public:
First, the integration of Public EcoArt at the design stage of urban buildings and neighborhoods that will be seeking LEED or other green certification.Â EcoArt South Florida is working with the South Florida chapter of the US Green Building Council on this.
Secondly, engaging EcoArt with greening the public schoolyard. EcoArt South Florida has been reaching out to public school districts, teachers and administrators through the annual LEARN GREEN conferences; and we are in the process of working with a math and science middle school to develop what will probably be the first comprehensive outdoor classroom in South Florida.
And finally, modeling a new kind of urban streetscape featuring a variety of Florida native canopy trees (instead of the â€œmonocultureâ€ approach currently used) and understory vegetation that encourages the return of pollinators and birds.Â EcoArt South Florida is involved with a consortium of organizations developing a pilot of this kind of streetscape. Our partners include the grass roots West Palm Beach organization Northwood GREENlife that is taking the lead, the Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, 1000 Friends of Florida and the Center for Creative Education. In addition to the creation of a multiple-species Florida native urban forest pilot streetscape that can be replicated widely, the project will also incorporate arts: sculpture, ceramics, video, storytelling, performance and a community celebratory procession/parade once the planting has been completed.
EcoArt South Florida believes EcoArt will not prosper in our region unless public officials, both elected and career, and our colleagues in the building, development and planning professions are given incentives to do so. It is for this reason that we will be focusing heavily over the next year to two years on insertion of EcoArt within city and county green ordinances as has been done in Boynton Beach.
DCA: What does the future of EcoArt hold for Florida? EcoArt South Florida: We believe Florida can become one ofÂ theÂ key centers for EcoArt practice. EcoArt South Florida is dedicated to making this happen. And this is as it should be. As we point out on our website, engagement of art and culture with environmental issues is still not widely done anywhere, not only in Florida. This is a shame, because, as those of us involved in the arts professions know well, art has the potential to inspire, educate and engage in so many ways. This inspiration and engagement will be necessary if we are to address successfully the many serious implications of climate change. And we have very little time to do this. Art is a form of knowledge, just as important as science. Unfortunately art and artists have not been adequately engaged with science in the struggle to bring our valuable ecologies back to health. Now is the time to bring EcoArt to the task.
DCA: Why do you believe arts and culture are important in the lives of Floridians and visitors to our state? EcoArt South Florida: Art creates culture and has for as long as human being have inhabited the earth. The best time to have begun to bring art to the task of healing our fragile ecologies was many decades ago. The second best time is now. Florida needs us. The planet needs us. Letâ€™s get to work applying artistic imagination and creativity in tandem with scientific advances to the challenges that face us.
Margaret Mc Laughlin, fine artist, has attended and written about an innovative sound work that was performed in Mooneyâ€™s boatyard, Killybegs, Co. Donegal, Ireland, on the 16th of October 2010. The work was part of the Donegal County Councilâ€™s Lovely Weather Art and Climate Change Public Art Programme (2009-10) . The project was co-curated by the Regional Culture Centreâ€™s John Cunningham and Leonardoâ€™s Annick Bureaud.Â The sound performance pieces were based around the topic of â€˜dead zonesâ€™, which are areas in the ocean in which aquatic life has been dramatically reduced. Artists Sean Taylor and Micheal Fernstrom, the Softday partnership, have extensively researched this subject.Â As part of Leonardo/OLATS and Donegal Co. Council Lovely Weather Artistâ€™s Residency, â€˜Softdayâ€™ interpreted the sound of â€˜dead zonesâ€™ into a tangible form for local audiences in a variety of sound forms.Â Disturbingly there are 20 contested deadzones around Ireland, two of which are in Donegal bay and Killybegs harbour. The number of dead zones are increasing worldwide.
Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21