Students in my Art & Environment class at LSU are getting some ideas on how to approach local communities with environmental hazards. They are tasked with creating social practice projects (and writing analyses of their own works) in Louisiana communities with toxic leaks or waste dumps. We are working with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN)! https://leanweb.org/
Judy Natal is a Chicago-based artist and photography professor at Columbia College Chicago. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited internationally and are in permanent collections around the world. An Archive of her papers, lectures, writings, research and photographs has been established at The Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and she has received numerous commissions and awards including a Fulbright Travel Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Polaroid Grants and New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowships. Author of EarthWords and Neon Boneyard Las Vegas A-Z, Natal’s photographs explore the visual and textual narratives of landscape. She’s held artist residencies that have taken her to Iceland, the Robotics Institute, Joshua Tree National Park, and in Arizona at Biosphere 2, where she founded an artist residency. Her newest project addressing global warming, The Weather Diaries, has brought her to Iceland and the Faroe Islands – the project works to bring immediacy to the dramatic weather events we are witnessing around the globe
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is the inaugural exhibition of the Design Museum, London, in its new quarters in High Street, Kensington. Curated by Justin McGuirk. Happy to join other authors’s works in this catalog. The exhibition closes April 23, 2017.
In a project called Wuyong (“Useless”), to be unveiled at the opening exhibition, “Design and Love” at the new London Design Museum later this month.
Revised “Hyperdressing” essay will be published in the catalog for the great new exhibition “Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World,” opening at the new quarters for The Design Msueum on November 24.
Rather than Hokusai’s The Great Wave–and more interesting–the dress conjures up Fukushima and the tsunami, 5 years ago last week. What’s the connection between advancing technology and rising waters?
@cutecircuit #wearabletech #global warming
The exhibition Coded Couture at Pratt Institute gallery in New York is a great exploration of what is becoming a bigger field–the thoughtful investigation and interrogation of what “wearable technology” is actually capable of. Melissa Coleman’s mind-blowing Holy Dress (with Joachim Rotteveel and Leoni Smelt) is a dress as a gilded cage that delivers a jolt–literally an electric shock–to its wearer based a process of creating narratives monitored by lie detector technology embedded in the piece. Wow. Pain and pleasure.
The electrical charge of this “overdress” creates little light flashes across the dress that my iPhone camera can’t capture. On the mannequin, a programmed array of flashes runs. We have to imagine the shocks.
Just finished teaching a new course on art and the environment (an art history/contemporary art course). (See courses page for syllabus).
The course subtitle was “Changing Views of Landscape” and we examined the very meaning of the term “landscape”– a term that has long-standing aesthetic subtexts — and landscape painting and photography, which have informed our expectations for our environment.
We read historical texts that contributed to the formation of our landscape ideas by writers like Uvedale Price, Richard Payne Knight, Henry David Thoreau, John Brinkerhoff Jackson, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and all the rest, and explored recent movements like deep ecology and eco-terroism. The overarching perspective from the present were the ecological writings of philosopher Timothy Morton, especially his book Hyperobjects (U. Minn. 2013)
Students used historical, aesthetic, and ethical discussions to ground their own community-engagement projects addressing clean air and water issues and how people deal with them. Below are some links to the class projects.
Environmental Justice Now
Losing Louisiana: A Memorial Service for New Orleans
At the Lively Objects Opening, Museum of Vancouver @ISEA2015
It was worn by Boris Kourtoukov of the Social Body Lab http://socialbodylab.com
Monarch is a harness with wing-like shoulder enhancements that render the wearer more fearsome. The structures expand and contract in response to sensors on the arm reading muscle movement so they mimic a “fight or flight” posturing. It is an example of an expressive wearable that addresses human interactions and public display, not just (like so much wearable tech) online communication and consumption.
On Sunday I’ll be delivering a short version of the longer paper, found here
Excited to be reviewed in this London-based journal by Susan Postlewaite. Costume vol. 49, no. 2, June 2015
Eventually to be archived on line–check back for link.
Video on fast fashion’s human and environmental costs. If link fails, search take part.com/true cost.
Environmental concerns: if we add the toxic flows from fast fashion to the ones from all our tech fashion (thrown away devices etc), what does that add up to?
Video from Eyebeam Panel at the New School, Oct. 27, 2014
I’ll be part of the Leonardo Panel “Navigating the Digital Divide” at 5:30 PM Thursday, February 12 at the Hilton in New York, Part of the College Art Association Annual Meeting.
See description of the panel at:
Diffus Design–Michel Guglielmi and Hanne-Louise Johannsen, is based in Copenhagen. It concerns itself with bringing together technology and traditional crafts.
Interview can be found here: https://www.academia.edu/10033103/Interview_with_Diffus_Design_Michel_Guglielmi_and_Hanne-Louise_Johannsen
Read about their Design Strategies here:
An interview regarding Garments of Paradise will appear in the British journal Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty and is being pre-released on the Institute of Network Cultures and Nettime websites.
My lecture Oct 27, 2014, 7 PM Kellen Auditorium, Parsons The New School for Design, NYC
Eyebeam Art+Technology Center