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February 20, 2012

Kate Foster’s personal response to An Ecology of Mind…

environmental contexts and creative responses

Nora Bateson, daughter of Gregory Bateson, is touring with a film she herself made, about her father’s ideas.  As she said in her introduction, his ideas are shown through the lens of a father-daughter relationship, it is her own viewpoint. She uses tapes made by Bateson near his death, and the film combines footage from different epsiodes in his life to illustrate some themes, continuity in his academic career as he moved between social anthropology, systems theory, psychology. You learn that, throughout,  he sought patterns that connected things and had the ability to turn things to new angles, indicating relationships between things that  would escape a more partial view.  Apart from this capacity of recontextualisation, he also sought the ‘difference that made a difference’ – asking what makes something distinct.

I have not read his books: I can but comment on the film as a non-specialist. On one hand I was…

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January 31, 2012

Useful advice in general.

Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project

Hello, Dear ALL, Here I help Jane to publish this post, because she cannot log in the blog and have tried whole day today.In this post Jane tell artists many hints to propose a good proposal, please did read it before submiting. Looking forward to your great ideas  &  Good luck!!  chao-mei
請各位藝術家要好好閱讀這篇文章喔! 策展人Jane提供了很多入選的”小撇步”,相信對許多年輕藝術家朋友在提案時會有許多幫助. 台灣藝術家,請加油!!!!!!!!!有任何問題,懶得寫英文,用中文留言或寫信給我也會通喔!!—昭湄

1.  Follow the directions carefully and submit exactly what is asked for and not anything else. If it says to send .jpg files of less than 1 mg each, do not send your images embedded in a .doc file or .pdf file, and do not send a link to your website rather than sending images of your previous works. Following directions well makes me think you are intelligent and cooperative and that you will not cause problems because you think you are so special that you deserve special treatment.  

2. Show your experiences as a professional…

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Artforum review of Harrisons’ Sierra Nevada Adaption

June 25, 2011

A Sort of Table of Contents, 2011


Read the review.  See the exhibition on the Feldman Gallery site. Force Majeure Works, including Sierra Nevada Adaption, on the Harrison Studio site.


June 7, 2011

The minor earthquake in Cumbria last week brought fracking to the UK headlines.

Fracking is a technology for extracting gas from unconventional geological formations.  Very topical in the North Eastern US where there hasn’t been a huge oil industry, but where now fracking is being considered as a means to extract gas.  The problem is that the chemical cocktail which is forced down the wells can affect whole watersheds, polluting the watertable and poisoning the land.

Josh Fox’s film Gasland has received extensive media attention, revealing some of the unintended consequences of fracking

SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics)’s project Fracking: Art and Activism Against the Drill, at Exit Art Gallery, New York City, December 7, 2010 – February 5, 2011.

But extracting oil from Shale has a long history in Scotland – the area around Broxburn in West Lothian has a number of bings which are the result of the 19th Century shale mining industry – different process, but no less environmentally damaging.

PS. John Latham redefined these, the Niddrie Woman and the Niddrie Heart, along with the Five Sisters, as artworks and historical monuments, during his APG Feasibility Study at the Scottish Office in 1979-80.


Open source city: Vancouver

June 3, 2011

Focus on the  Zen question: “What can we not do?” Not cut down weeds, not tidy up derelict ground, not plan, organise, manage and control parts of our cities.  Asking how an open source ethos might affect urban living.  Read the rest of the article in the Vancouver Observer here.

Oliver Kellhammer is leading a week-long investigation into some of these topics entitled Open Source City: Field Study at Emily Carr University from June 20-24th. It’s part of the Continuing Studies Program and there is still space available. More info here:

Cool Stories for when the planet gets hot III

April 17, 2011

Video Still: Richard Jochum: Halt, 2007 (one of the finalists for COOL STORIES II in 2009)

The third edition of an international art video competition on Global Warming by ARTPORT_making waves deadline for submissions May 9th, 2011.

After two successful editions, launched at Scope Basel in 2007 and repeated at Focus Basel in 2009, ARTPORT_making waves for the third edition collaborates with CINEMA PLANETA, the award-winning International Environmental Film Festival in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

We invite video artists worldwide to participate with works that explore Global Warming, focusing on forests in honor of the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011. Artists are encouraged to tell us their stories about deforestation or tree planting and its positive effects; they may also opt to approach the topic from symbolic, psychological or socio-political significances of forests. Our aim is to present a convincing survey of the current artistic exploration of this topic worldwide with 20 established and emerging artists, edited into a visually and conceptually coherent compilation by ARTPORT_making waves.

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