Yale University Radio, Interviewed by Brainard Carey, Interviews from Yale University Radio WYBCX Lives of the Most Excellent Artists, Curators, Architects, Critics, March, 2017 https://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/about/
Linda Weintraub’s Eye For Activism
by Lynn Woods/August 11, 2018
With her 2013 book, To Life: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, Linda Weintraub defined and gave voice to a movement spanning continents, whose disparate approaches and media, ranging from tissue cultures, microbes and soil to meteorological instruments, wastewater treatment plants and meetings with municipal workers, represented artists’ moral reckoning with global ecological threats.
An Interview with Linda Weintraub – Curator of “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012” at The Dorsky by Claire Lambe 2012
An Interview with Linda Weintraub – Curator of “Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012” at The Dorsky by Claire Lambe 2012 http://www.rollmagazine.com/an-interview-with-linda-weintraub-%E2%80%93-curator-of-%E2%80%9Cdear-mother-nature-hudson-valley-artists-2012%E2%80%9D-at-the-dorsky/
PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art – Article and Podcast Interview with Linda Weintraub and artist Jan Harrison 19 Oct 2014
PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art – Article and Podcast Interview with Linda Weintraub and artist Jan Harrison 19 Oct 2014 http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Linda-Weintraub/11643534
Evolution of Life Frames: past, present, future has been Bonnie Sherk‘s ongoing project on Roosevelt Island since 1981. It just expanded its geographical range and cultural significance by being included in the prestigious “La Biennale de Venezia”, curated by Christine Macel, Chief Curator of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
In this book, the reader is challenged to suspend the cultural habit of thinking ABOUT the material components of the world. Instead, we experiment with thinking AS a material component.
Imagine yourself comprised of substances and energies continuously circulating among other collections of substances and energies. This mental image represents a radical revision of the historic conception of humans as discreet entities existing in an environment occupied by entities (living and nonliving) that are stable, knowable, and controllable.
A perplexing conundrum accompanies this simple narrative. It involves the baffling question of determining how to distinguish ‘you’ from your surrounding ‘environment’.
The following narrative exemplifies this complexity.
Imagine a slice of pizza, just the way you like it.
You salivate in anticipation of biting into a slice. Is this the moment the pizza stops belonging to the ‘environment’ and becomes part of ‘you’?
You lift a slice, savor its smell, feel its warmth, and absorb its oils in your fingers. Is this the moment the pizza stops belonging to the ‘environment’ and becomes part of ‘you’?
You take a bite. A morsel enters your body through the port of entry known as your mouth. Is this the moment the pizza stops belonging to the ‘environment’ and becomes part of ‘you’?
You chew, altering the pizza’s chemistry and transforming its molecular identity so that it can be absorbed by your cells. Is this the moment the pizza stops belonging to the ‘environment’ and becomes part of ‘you’?
You swallow. The ingredients of pizza begin their journey through the dark interior of your digestive tract. Some components are absorbed by your cells. Is this the moment the pizza stops belonging to the ‘environment’ and becomes part of ‘you’?
You expel unused solid components of the pizza through your body’s exit portal. Is this the moment ‘you’ become part of the ‘environment’?
These perplexing questions suggest that no precise border exists between ‘you’ and the ‘environment’.
How did I choose the artists and the artworks that readers will encounter on the pages of my book?
HUMANITY as ‘POWER TOOL’
To build, plow, pave, dam, mine, dig, pump, smooth, separate, lift, sort, rotate, slice, adhere, mix, reach, crumble, measure, align, stack, stir, and probe are just some of humanity’s tooling capacities that have been treated to perpetual upgrades of precision and power. In the 12,000 years since ‘tool’ referred to a stick used for prying roots, humanity’s brawn and brain powers have extended the reach of its operations far into the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere. Today, few Earth contours, textures, colors, sounds, smells, or tempos escape the virtuoso skills and extraordinary acumen of the human species.
The ingenious devices we devised for performing feats of manipulation have earned renown for their inventors, fortunes for their distributors, and gratitude from their beneficiaries. Nonetheless, evidence is emerging that all three groups may ultimately be found ‘guility’ because so many of our proud achievements are accompanied by disruptions, depletions, squandering, and polluting.
The debris of our lavish lifestyles, for example, does not merely clutter the litterer’s back yard. Migrating on air and ocean currents, it settles far from its place of origin. Even remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are not immune to such intrusions. Divers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently collected 114,000 pounds of trash on these islands in just one month. This is a staggering figure because these islands are uninhabited!
WGXC Wave Farm (Transmission Arts)