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Metabolic Tectonic: Terraforming Waste into Our Perpetual City Organism

By dismissing ubiquitous notions of idyllic nature, we are free to reconsider the authenticity of our waste, and how the ‘ugly’ might be re-purposed using biological [synthetic or otherwise] processes to terraform our waste into a monumental landscape machine that serves as a perpetual function of the city.

Excerpt from a Masters Thesis by Adam E. Anderson. See ++ HERE

Art/Aesthetics · Book-Text-Read-Zines · Human-ities · Social/Politics

Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue

In 2007 the School for Advanced Research (SAR) received funding from the Anne Ray Charitable Trust Foundation in order to bring together a group of Native women artists from all walks of life to confer on three topics considered to be the central dogma of their lives. These seminars were originally titled Art, Gender, and Ceremony; however, after much debate, they were renamed Art, Gender and Community due to the conflicting view of the word “ceremony” and how it may look to the public. In a series of non-fiction essays written by the women of these SAR summits Art, Gender, and Community, Art In Our Lives Native Women Artists In Dialogue was compiled to address gender, home/crossing, and art as healing/art as struggle. These pieces are ordered thematically as each woman voices her struggles and successes in the three realms discussed at the seminars.

Chapter One (essay I) “Introduction: The Art, Gender, and Community Seminars” Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Chapter Two (essay II) “Art as Healing, Art as Struggle” Gloria J. Emerson

Chapter Three (essay III) “‘This Fierce Love:’ Gender, Women, and Art Making.” Sherry Farrell Racette

Chapter Four (essay IV) “Space, Memory, Landscape: Women in native Art History.” Elysia Poon

Chapter Five (essay V) “Crossing the Boundaries of Home and Art.” Lara Evans

Chapter Six (essay VI) “The Artists of the Art, Gender, and Community Seminars.”

Text via Native Wiki

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Citizen science goes “Extreme”. Researchers push for wider use of community-generated data in science and policy-making.

In the Congo Basin, Bayaka pygmies patrol their forests with handheld tracking devices. Using the devices to record instances of poaching, industrial roads and illegal logging, they map their landscape, documenting the course of deforestation and harmful development.

The project is part of an emerging field that its champions describe as the ‘new wave’ of citizen science. With endeavours ranging from air-pollution assessments in Europe to chimpanzee counting in Tanzania, the next generation of citizen science attempts to make communities active stakeholders in research that affects them, and use their work to push forward policy changes. This is one of the main points of focus of the London Citizen Cyberscience Summit being held this week at the Royal Geographical Society and University College London.

Although researchers have been calling on amateurs and enthusiasts for decades to aid in collecting and processing large volumes of data, the latest approaches aim to enlist the public in helping to shape research questions, says Francois Grey, a physicist at Tsinghua University in Beijing and coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. Grey, an organizer of the summit, maintains that communities can play a valuable part in setting the agenda for scientific investigations.

Written by Katherine Rowland, Nature. Continue HERE

Earthly/Geo/Astro · Film/Video/New Media · Performativity · Sculpt/Install

First Woman On The Moon, 1999 by Aleksandra Mir.

The day when heavy machinery and manpower transformed a Dutch beach into a lunar landscape of hills and craters. At sunset the labor stopped, and a live drumbeat announced the ceremony of a woman, gracing this imaginary moon with an American flag. The same evening, while the party still went on, the landscape was flattened out again, leaving no physical trace of the event behind—save the memories and a story to tell future generations.

First Woman On The Moon, 1999 by Aleksandra Mir.