A potential image for the .–. / .- / .- project
What do Little Penguins, refracted waves, and Japanese mini-subs have in common? Not a lot. Or at least not a lot until metaphors are explored and patterns of connections are drawn. In late August/early September 2013 I will be artist in residence at The Cross Art Projects http://www.crossart.com.au/
The project is called: .–. / .- / .-
The project will be part of the Novel Ecologies exhibition Saturday 28 September (opening in the afternoonish) to Saturday 26 October
The Cross Art Projects
Contemporary Art and Curatorial Platforms
8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross Sydney 2011
Socotra is a unique island archipelago off the coast of Somalia. It has a hot dry climate and a particulary distinctive flora and fauna. Situated as an entry point into the Indian Ocean it has a long history as a trade magnet and strategic military centre.
But what happens when the inhabitants of Socotra (human and nonhuman) become the subject of a speculative environmental art project? American engineer, businessman and artist* Peter Fend has made a proposal “This Can Happen Now” detailed at Triple Canopy http://canopycanopycanopy.com/18/this_can_happen_now. I sometimes wonder at these planning-based environmental projects. They all seem to begin with a Google map and include elaborate engineering solutions. Fend writes
“Cooperation is social. For Socotra to become a model biology economy, its 40,000 inhabitants must want the change. Progress depends more on our personalities, our ability to bond with unlike peoples, than our technologies. We must be ready to negotiate (particularly when it comes to property rights). So Ocean Earth** would first make site visits, armed with images, plans, and write-ups, not knowing what the outcome might be.”
It’s a good thing that Ocean Earth is open to showing the locals their “images, plans, and write-ups”. But I sometimes wonder whether I should be interpreting this kind of rhetoric as satire? Or is it just well-intentioned internationalist eco art paternalism? At least the Socotrans are not called stakeholders. Whilst I commend the general principles of positive solution-thinking rather than apocalyptic despair, I can’t help thinking it’s like a Helen-Mayer-and-Newton-Harrison-gone-wrong. When does Utopian planetary eco-design fall flat? Is there something else underlying this genre of environnmental art that makes me feel so uncomfortable?
Your thoughts please?
* As described here http://canopycanopycanopy.com/contributors#fend_peter. ** He is also the founder of Ocean Earth Development Corporation (OCEAN EARTH) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Fend).
This is an interesting project at Bimblebox Nature Refuge (Queensland) 7 – 15 September 2013. They are looking for artists:
- to creatively explore, engage with and document this Nature Refuge
- to comment on our current fossil fuel culture
- to creatively engage with the world debate on coal mining expansion into the Galilee Basin
The Bimblebox Nature Refuge is in Central West Qld and has a signed nature refuge agreement with the Qld Government to permanently protect the conservation values of this property. But this does not protect if from mining.
Clive Palmer wants to mine Bimblebox Nature Refuge for his coal mine aptly named ‘China First’.
Are you interested in engaging with the issue of coal in the Galilee Basin?
Artists Camp at Bimblebox Nature Refuge: 7 – 15 September
This is your opportunity to be on Bimblebox Nature Refuge and engage through your art form with Australia’s expansion of coal mining.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge may not be available to us next year. By year’s end we may know if the State and Federal Governments will let Bimblebox Nature Refuge be cleared and destroyed to allow mining of thermal coal. Bimblebox Nature Refuge is one of approximately 100 Nature Refuge’s who have mining exploration hanging over them.
For all details contact http://bimbleboxartproject.wordpress.com/
We have crossed the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans and are hopefully somewhere over the Pacific heading for New Zealand.
We have acquired scratches and stripes from various photocopiers and the right wing has faded to black.
(details of project here http://www.perditaphillips.com/portfolio/shy-dissolution-exchange/)
Denise Spiers sent more than one shy albatross…
Avoid Reduce Reuse Regift Rejig Repair Repurpose Recycle Respect Replenish Refuse.
who wants to do this? An issue on art, environment and sustainability
“At the forefront of today’s social issues are questions related to the human relationship to nature and the environment, the meaning of a sustainable future and the relationship of environmentalism to modernity and today’s economic structures. While the sciences have, until recently, dominated the debate, the arts are making an increasingly important contribution. Antennae is seeking submissions to an issue focused on Art, Environment, Sustainability. We are seeking contributions that go further than being a mere rehashing of the narrative of environmental activism (the human as destroyer of nature; the dangers of climate change; extinction of species; etc, etc.) to address more fundamental meanings, explore ambiguities and engage with the complex societal questions that arise from the environmental and sustainability debate – and the role of the arts in that debate. We encourage potential contributors to be bold and creative in generating and exploring perspectives that move beyond the apocalyptic and often “preachy” culture of modern environmentalism.”
Academic essays = length 6000-10000 words
Artists’ portfolio = 5/6 images along with 500 words max statement/commentary
Interviews = maximum length 8000 words
Fiction = maximum length 8000 words
www.antennae.org.uk – antennaeproject [at] gmail [dot] com