“Wall Quilts” Bring the Feminist Art Tradition to the Land of Georgia O’Keeffe

This summer I met up with artist Sabra Moore at Angelina’s Restaurant, with the big chili pepper sign, on Fairview Street just by the Rio Grande in Española. We were about to tour the district elementary schools where she has been working to create permanent tile mosaics created from individual paintings by the school children throughout the rural area.  (read more – pdf attached)  Ryan-Moore

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Judy Natal Gave Some Pointers to My Students

IMG_0792Students 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

The Holy Dress

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.

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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.

Art History and the Environment

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Just finished teaching a new course on art and the environment (an art history/contemporary art course). (See courses page for syllabus).10501743_945970768811874_1449745246498666413_n

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

https://www.facebook.com/environmentaljusticenow/

WAC Water

https://wacwater.wordpress.com/

Losing Louisiana: A Memorial Service for New Orleans

https://www.facebook.com/losinglouisiana/

Breathe225

https://www.facebook.com/breathe225

Meeting Kate Hartman’s Monarch

At the Lively Objects Opening, Museum of Vancouver @ISEA2015

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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.

The True Cost of Fast Fashion–and Fashion Tech?

Video on fast fashion’s human and environmental costs.  If link fails, search            take part.com/true cost.

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http://www.takepart.com/true-cost?cmpid=tpsales-eileenfisher&spMailingID=11930034&spUserID=ODI5NjIwOTQ3NTUS1&spJobID=503994677&spReportId=NTAzOTk0Njc3S0

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?

Interview with Diffus Design about Wearable Technology Design Concepts

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:

http://www.diffus.dk/wp-content/uploads/pdf/Diffus%20strategies%202013.pdf

Wearable Discourses: Susan Elizabeth Ryan Interviewed by Rebecca Louise Breuer and Geert Lovink

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.

See

http://networkcultures.org/geert/2014/11/17/wearable-discourses-interview-with-susan-e-ryan/