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Science and Art resources

I’m in the process of collating resources on the topic of art and science initiatives from previous research consultancies I’ve undertaken on this topic.

In the interim, here are a few texts, books, and readings that deal with art and science collaboration.

Readings:

Brown, Andrew, Art & Ecology Now, Thames and Hudson, 2014

Century, Micheal, Pathways to Innovation in Digital Culture, 1999, updated 2013

Da Costa, Beatriz and Philip, Kavita Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience MIT Press, 2008

Harris, Craig (ed.) Art and Innovation, The Xerox PARC Artist-in-Residence Program, MIT press, 1999

Hauser, Jens (ed.) sk-interfaces. Exploding borders – creating membranes in art, technology and society, Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2008

Kac, Eduardo, Signs of Life: Bioart and Beyond, MIT Press, 2007

Jennings, Pamela. New Media Arts, New Funding Models, Report prepared for Creativity & Culture. New York: The Rockefeller Foundation, 2001

Mitchell, Robert E., Bioart and the Vitality of Media, University of Washington Press, 2010

Myers, William, Bio-Art, Altered Realities, Thamtes and Hudon, 2015

Scott, Jill, Artists-in-Labs: Processes of Inquiry, 2006

Scott, Jill ARTISTS-IN-LABS: Networking in the Margins, 2010

Wilson, Stephen Information Arts: intersections of art, science and technology, MIT Press, 2002

Wilson, Stephen, Art & Science Now, Thames and Hudson, 2012

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Beautiful Obsolescence Closing Reception

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Please join us for the closing reception of Beautiful Obsolescence.

Friday March 30, 5 – 7 pm, with informal artist talk at 6pm!

Cluster Gallery: 200 6th Street 3E, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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SPRING/BREAK sales site

2018 SPRING-BREAK LOGO BLACK CONTOUR

The sales site for SPRING BREAK Art Show is up. Check out the wonderful work in our contribution to the STRANGER COMES TO TOWN theme – (En)coded Conversations.

I’m so pleased to be presenting work by Alicia Grullón, Chloë Bass, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Juanli Carrión, and Riitta Ikonen.

Works available at SPRING/BREAK Art Fair site!

Buy tix to visit us on the 23rd Floor, adjacent rooms 2317 and 2313.

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(En)coded Conversations

L: Alicia Grullón, Empanar! R: Gonzalo Fuenmayor, GENESIS VIII

L: Alicia Grullón, Empanar!
R: Gonzalo Fuenmayor, GENESIS VIII

SPRING/BREAK Art Show

STRANGER COMES TO TOWN

March 6 — 12, 2018
4 Times Square, NYC (Chashama), Entrance at 140 West 43rd Street

From March 6 – 12 I will have a project at SPRING/BREAK Art Show during Armory Arts Week. My response to the theme STRANGER COMES TO TOWN is a project I’ve titled (En)Coded Conversations.

List of works at SPRING/BREAK Art Fair site, on consignment through April 30!

(En)Coded conversations: we are all just passing through…

Chloë Bass, Juanli Carrión, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Alicia Grullón, and Riitta Ikonen are storytellers, who specifically engage their audiences in conversation, and who make work that speaks to strangers helping one another navigate new terrain. Sometimes these conversations are awkward and uncomfortable, but they are always about making connections and navigating safe pathways.

Carrión grew up in regional Spain in a farming and wine growing county: members of the community knew one another, and everyone was connected. The butcher and the baker were essential community members; no one was a faceless stranger. When he moved to New York City he struggled to find ways to participate directly in his communities. As he navigated New York, he started to think about communities as ecosystems and his role, and our role, as plants in those ecosystems, and thus the idea of OSS gardens was born. The drawing for (En)coded conversations questions the text of the USA Immigration and Nationality Act by coloring individually its 148,123 characters to create botanical illustrations of the plants selected by immigrants interviewed for #OSS Manhattan.

Alicia Grullon, serves up empanada and knowledge with her project Empanar! –  a mobile art project working off Bronx street food culture and traditions from El Taller Gráfico Popular. Along with empanada, Grullon distributes flyers that provide information to immigrants on their rights and where to seek counsel.

Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s Papare series examines ideas of exoticism and the complicit and amnesic relationship between ornamentation and tragedy. Opulent Victorian chandeliers and other elements, reminiscent of a decadent colonial past, proliferate from banana bunches, alluding to a tragic and violent history associated with Banana trade worldwide. The theatricality and dramatic nature of the imagery, subordinate the contradictory into a delicate and imaginative order, evoking a certain kind of reconciliation or tense harmony between disjointed realities.

For Gather the house around the table, Bass produced a line of domestic materials that she uses to interact with her audiences –  sometimes in plain sight, and sometimes nearly imperceptibly. Visitors are invited to take their place in at the table, using her objects to enact everyday poetry and share food.

Riitta Ikonen’s photographs in which she costumes herself, and places herself in awkward conversation with built and natural environments are disguises. She is visible in plain sight, while also in conversation with a landscape. The works ask as to think about the costumes (or disguises?) we wear help us navigate new territory.

Individually, these works speak secrets to specific audiences. Collectively, they help us navigate new terrain and make conversation with new communities.

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Beautiful Obsolescence

Beautiful Obsolescence
Cluster Gallery
March 2 — March 30, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday March 2, 7 — 9pm
CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday March 30, 5 — 7pm
Cluster Gallery: 200 6th Street 3E, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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I am delighted to have been invited by Cluster Gallery to curate Beautiful Obsolescence, a group exhibition featuring photographic works by Jeanette May and Adrianne Wortzel, as well as sculpture by Mary Mattingly.

Our contemporary lives are filled with redundant technologies and consumer goods. To make sense of the technologies and objects that fill our lives, the artists in Beautiful Obsolescence reimagine consumer goods. By recontextualizing our view on these objects the artists bring a fresh eye to how these objects affect us, giving them new lives.

Jeanette May’s Tech Vanitas photographs of precariously stacked gadgets address the anxiety surrounding technological obsolescence. As May observes, we live in an age filled with devices that make domestic life faster, smarter, easier, and yet, more complicated. The more we yearn to keep current — the newest phone, computer, camera, audio system, coffee maker — the more we produce, consume, and discard. Tech Vanitas references the 17th Century vanitas paintings which celebrated The Netherlands’ new wealth. Just as Dutch Golden Age still lifes portray the abundance afforded a prosperous culture, Tech Vanitas embraces luxury, honors design, and acknowledges the fleeting nature of earthly pleasures.

In Adrianne Wortzel’s EX SITU CONSERVATION: Colony Relocation for Electronic Detritus an inventory of machine parts and electronic elements are photographed as surviving artifacts of technologies facing obsolescence. Objects are arranged in nature, perhaps even as species threatened with extinction. Her photos are an ironic attempt at reverse psychology — a reverence of technology at any price to the environment.

Mary Mattingly’s DRUM from her series Blockades, Boulders, Weights is a sculpture created from mass-produced objects the artist has collected over the years. Her goal is to create structures of bundled objects so that she is really faced with everything on which she relies and consumes. “And it’s a lot”, she says. Mattingly hopes to get people thinking about what we’re taking from the earth, how we can use what we already have to our best advantage. Her sculptures show just how much we’d have to carry if we bundled our objects on own backs.

The artists in Beautiful Obsolescence simultaneously critique and celebrate the multitude of objects we accumulate, to make sense of the stuff we collect in our lives. “May, Wortzel, and Mattingly are all storytellers”, says McDonald Crowley. “Through arranging objects, they compose narratives that help us to make sense of the technologies and belongings that we gather around us, immortalizing them as art objects and compositions: what might be considered trash becomes beauty.”

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Installing at Little Metal Print with MaryKate Maher

Little Metal Print’s manager Dylan made the sweetest video of MaryKate Maher and I installing View Finder. Totally worth sharing!

 

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View Finder

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View Finder

an exhibition of new works by MaryKate Maher

at
Little Metal Print

Opening Reception
November 3, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Artist Talk
November 19, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Little Metal Print is please announce View Finder, a solo show of new works by MaryKate Maher for our inaugural exhibition. Organized by guest curator Amanda McDonald Crowley, Maher will debut new sculpture and relief forms created with dye sublimation prints. Maher draws inspiration from nature and the post-industrial environment. Exploiting materials that reference landscape, Maher focuses on how we visually perceive space as both flat and dimensional.

51 South 1st St., Brooklyn, NY 11249
(917) 588 – 5294
info@llittlemetalprint.com

November 3 – December 3, 2017

Little Metal Print is an artist run studio and experimental exhibition space that provides a personalized approach to fine art printing that is easily accessible to the public.

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Science & U visit Swale

Science and U visit Swale.

Published on 10 Sep 2017

CUNY TV Presents Swale

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Agrikultura in the news!

Amanda Mcdonald Crowley och Marek Walczak ligger bakom triennalen. Bild: David Helander

Amanda Mcdonald Crowley och Marek Walczak ligger bakom triennalen.
Bild: David Helander


Press coverage of Agrikultura in southern Sweden:

Österlen magasinet : Familjeträd växer fram på Svabesholm

Expressen Kultur :  Kommunal växtvärk i Malmös nya stadsdel

Vilks.net : Mer om vandaliserad konst, om landart och en omvärdering

SVT nyheter Skåne : Han ympar 40 skånska äppelsorter på ett träd

SVT Nyheter Skåne : Interview with Sam Van Aken

Sydsvenskan  Kultur : Konsten slår rot på Hyllie

Sydsvenskan :  Ätbar konst planteras i Hyllie 

Skånska Dagbladet : Mat möter konst i Hyllie 

Hyllie Local :  Agrikultura – grön konst med naturlig drivkraft

Malmö stad press release :  Agrikultura – konstevenemang med växtkraft

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Swale on Now This News

“This floating forest contains hundreds of edible plants.”

Lucy Biggers of Now This chats to Swale team members about the project while we were docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park!

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