Cornell Earth Art

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Patricia Zimmermann

FLEFF: Fingerlakes Environmental Film Festival. March 30 through April.

Many thanks to Tim Murray, Patti Phillips, Verena Conley on Eco politics, Daniel Warner's bood Audio Cultures, among so many others who have been our collaborators. We use film as a generic film for film, new media, sound, projection and so many other can this all be environmental. It becomes environmental from the point of view of Tom Sherory if it DISRUPTS. So much of contemorary environmental issues leave out the human...

Locative Media: Moving from looking at images to interfaces.
Emerging theorization of Locative Media of Eco publics.

Witness: an NGO funded by Peter Gabriel. Diversity of Human Rights issues outside of the global North America.

HUB uses user generated information. People around the globe around the world upload images to this site.

Eco and the Environment is often situated in the global, white North American continent.

ARound the globe the biggest health issue is loss of water.

Locative Media from Upstate New York: Local and Global not to be untied.

Stephani Rothenberg: Invisible Threads
Takes place in Second Life where INvisible Threads...a digital sweat shop...Sweat shops are bigger than global call centers.
This was sponsored by Sundance Festival....In Virtual Tailorism you order your jeans who have different names....the orders are printed out on fabric, glued together and can be worn once....after the first washing they fall apart.

Pre emtive Media Colective Brook Singer and Beatrice La Costa:

Swipe: The data strip on the back of drivers licences who have bought data bases, they go into bars, swipe the licences, this swipe provides a barrage information that is printed out on a "receipt".

The virtual and the material intersects in these projects....this is where the public becomes a major part of the project.


Migrations: Migrating data across platforms in different iterations. From analog to digital.

Eco politics: Constant movement, congered environments

When we shift from environments who are no longer fixed but are vectors between moving, shifting iterations. They are in constant mobility and constantly seeking collaboration.
Platforms and conjuring machines for publics....Publics Are made and produced to move from ambiguities to the practicalities of works..,,

David move ethnographic film making from an act of making of to making fims with, act of collaboration and dialog.

Linear narative histories reflect the state and not the listeners...where the story tellers story moves though different iterations.
The idea of the gathering is a pulling in of the public eco public mode of working.

(The 1960's mode was more of a pushout Michael Moore's,
Images do not matter, interface is more important...

Locative Media and Eco products....nodal points for conversation, debate, arguments, for movements, for potentialities...

These nodal points evolve.

Digital, Geographic and Social Movements: Enactments...Horizontal user faced Earth Art.

To interupt and reroute these vectors...

Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadar

"Externalities; Wildeeness and its Others"

Cary is influenced by internet Art as a performance artist who uses the environment as a basis for his collaboration with Christine. Cary is a "true hacker" in that he revels in changing systems as they were never intended to be. Christine and Cary come from pretty different areas...Christine from analytic trajectory and Cary as an artist.

Christine does Eco criticism and has looked at the concept of
"sacrifice" in eco art in her recent writing.

Cary and Christine work with digital technology.

"Environmental Risk Assessment Rover-AT, VErsion 1.0, 2008 ERAR
A mobile, solar and GPs powered, networked video installation that will accumulate and aggregate the environmental thteats and resks faced by the population in its immediagte location. Gives a fourteen tiered threat level embedded live within video projections onto local natural and architectural surfaces.

Untitled Landscapes for Portable Media Players
These works may best viewed at random on your personal media player.
The idea for Cary is most important over aesthetic considerations.

You can download these images at

Christine is interested how digital technology enables some experiences but disables other experiences.

Environmentality and Modernity: a poll asking questions of its viewers. Involved with playing with ideas and not a documentary way. Cary likes not take things stoo seriously.

Brandon Ballengee

Biological Abstraction Sculpted By a Changing Environment:

Tom Leavitt talked about the declines of fisheries. Our environment is ever changing...there have been an exceedingly vast disappearance of species. However, there is unconscious "scultlping" by our the behavior of our population on our environment. Brandon is a trandisciplinary artist working in biology with art with othters.

John James Audobon has been one of his "heros' as an artist, writier, philosopher. Although he is often know as a bird artist he was so much more. Brandon Ballengee has participated as a biological researcher particularly in researching amphibians. They are in trouble. Of the 5,000 speciies 1/3 of tem are declining. Amphibian deformities have been increasing.

Malamp: The Malformed Amphibian Project from 1996 to current is a artistic/biological project commissioned by Arts Catalyst, London UK. (an arts/science organization)

What can be some of the causes of these deformities? Eco Actions: Public participation in collecting specimens for preliminary and primary research experiments. He has also set up Biological Laboratories as an art installation this becomes a public platform for discussion and debate. In some cases controversy morphs into collaboration.

Parasite hypothesis is one that suggests that a parasite host onto the buds of the frog limbs causing "intercalation" causing mitosis in the genetic formation of the frog.

Brandon scultes tissue through micro surgery also causing Intercalation.

He also has done a project called RSA Experiments 2002 to ongoing...using mechanical disruptions to study regenerative response.

There are also natural causes of deformities..

Traumelia: Greek terms for "injured" and "limb"

Through Brandon's research he has found that these small amphibians actually do survive. As an artist he takes high resolution of these deformed toads and does artistic alterations by using watercolor on blown up images.... . iMAFES ARE BLOWN UP 3'X 4" from very high resolution scans.

These images have been installed at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati in 2002 where still imagery, lab specimens, and installational exhibits work together.

He also has exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for te Arts in San Francisco. Customized Light Boxes light the xleared and stained speciments.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dennis Oppenheim's jacket... totally sweet!


Stacy Levy's arrival attests to the fact that mapquest is neither land sensitive, ecologically conscious, nor humanly considerate

A quote to ponder...

I am very excited to see what develops over the next two days in the workshop proper as well as the expanded space of the workshop created by this blog. As I will unfortunately not be able to discuss it in my presentation this afternoon, I thought I might post a fantastic quote from William C. Lipke's essay, "Earth Systems," which appeared in the Earth Art exhibition catalog. I believe it to be one of the best descriptions of what these artists were doing. He wrote,

"The artists', in their concern with natural materials and processes, use earth both as a means to expression (as a material) and as a means of expression (as a medium)...Here change emanates, not from things, but from the way things are done."

Marin Sullivan


I want to thank Renate for setting up this blog and hope that we will profit from its adaptability in reflecting on the aesthetics, politics, sustainability of the legacies of earth to eco art.  Thanks for joining us this weekend. Tim Murray

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Conference Schedule

All events held at Cornell University A.D. White House
sponsored by the Society for the Humanities and the Department of Art

Friday, October 17th, 2008
1:30 -2:15 Welcoming Remarks:  Timothy Murray, Patricia Phillips, Pamela Seymour Smith (for Willoughby Sharp) and Renate Ferro
2:15 -4:00 Celebrating Earth Art:  Marilyn Rivchin, Marin Sullivan, Navjotika Kumar
4:30 Plenary Lecture: Dennis Oppenheim

Saturday, October 18th, 2008
9:15 to 11:00  Fluid Geographies:  Patricia Phillips and Stacy Levy
11:15 to 12:30 Digital Gardens: Verena Andermatt Conley, Daniel Warner
2:00 to 4:00 Environmental Others Brandon Ballengee, Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir, Patricia Zimmerman

Earth Art History

The occasion for this celebratory event is the confluence of this year's annual research theme at the Society for the Humanities, "Water: A Critical Concept for the Humanities," with the 40th  anniversary of the Cornell exhibition, Earth Art, which took place in the A.D. White House when it was the home of the A.D. White Museum.