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Victimless Meat. Victimless Architecture. Perhaps.

Posted Tuesday November 06, 2012 At 01:34AM . Artists, Blog

Victimless Meat. Victimless Architecture. Perhaps.

Meat becomes 'victimless' by biopsing muscles cells, placing them on a biodegradable armature within an artificial womb, and growing a steak that has never been an animal.


Efficiencies and environmental advantages abound - no birth, no feeding, no mucking, no sheltering, no transporting, no slaughtering, no butchering, no packaging. Tissue Culture & Art is a scientifically savy artists collaborative that is dedicated to this stream-lined manner of providing protein to the diets of exploding human populations.


Now Mitchell Joachim, a visionary designer and architect who founded Terreform ONE, has applied this prudent environmental tactic to architecture. He is envisioning 'victimless' buildings that he refers to as "IN VITRO MEAT HABITATS".


His outrageous proposal calls for the fabrication of three dimensional forms with pig cells that multiple over an armature shaped into a shelter.These structures earn the adjective 'organic' three times. Once for their forms, which tend to be curvilinear. Once for their process of fabrication, which is cell duplication. Once for their materiality, which is actual pig skin.


What are the hurdles?



Beware of the Following Sentence.

Posted Monday November 05, 2012 At 03:08AM . Artists, Blog

Beware of the Following Sentence

Beware of the following sentence, because it contradicts the belief of so many of my enviornmentally conscious colleagues and friends who seem convinced that any human interaction with the non-human environment is either a little bit damaging, a lot damaging, or dedicated to undoing the damage.

I believe we humans are fully capable of enhancing the vitality and diversity of any ecosystem, even those that are essentially healthy.

From Timely to Timeless

Posted Friday November 02, 2012 At 02:06AM . Artists, Blog

From Timely to Timeless

If anyone needs to be convinced that eco art's offerings are richly diversified, may I suggest considering the movement's temporal reference points.


Eco art is bracketed at one end by work that resonates with evidence of the current era. The other half of the bracket is represented by work that is purged of all suggestions of the current era.

 
Andy Gracie and Red Earth reveal that eco art embraces the furthest extremes of the human experience - from the timely to the timeless.

The Morning After the Deluge

Posted Thursday November 01, 2012 At 02:53AM . Artists, Blog

The Morning After the Deluge

Today dawned. But it was not an ordinary day. For everyone living within a multi-hundred mile swath on the east side of the United States, it was, literally,  "The Morning After the Deluge", a replay of the Genesis account of the epic flood wrought by God to purge the earth of sin.


Of all the sins committed by humanity, the single sin that convinced God to abandon hope for reform is described in a simple Bible phrase, “…and the earth was filled with violence.” 


Was Hurricane Sandy an act of God or an act of human aggression?


Was it, perhaps, a dress rehearsal for global annihilation of Biblical proportions?


The immensity of yesterday's storm caused dread, but it also evoked a scale of wonder rarely experienced by those of us who live technologically-driven lifestyles. The unfathomable feelings it inspired seem characteristic of the sublime and common to worship.


It made me imagine an international assembly of the most almighty gods - Brahma, Mithras, Osiris, Bel, Apollo, Zeus, Vulcan, Amaterasu, Inti, Re, Shamash, Liza, and many more, peering down upon us. And then I imagined their consternation when they discovered acts of arrogance instead of prayer, feasts, processions, and offerings.



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How to please the critics -

Posted Tuesday October 30, 2012 At 02:26AM . Artists, Blog

There is as much to learn from studying those who model the values we object to as by examining those we admire. That is how Andy Warhol got into my eco art textbook, TO LIFE! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet. His work serves as an instructive ally by embodying environmental UNconsciousness.


Warhol manifests the inverse of the ethics, themes, and aesthetics that characterize eco art. I propose that Wade Guyton, whose current exhibition at the Whitney Museum has been receiving accolades from very-hard-to-please critics, might serve as a lesson in environmental unconsciousness too.


Both artists tamper with fine art protocols by harnessing the human hand that held a paiint brush. Warhol restrained manual expressiveness by relying on silkscreen printing techniques. Guyton relies upon the Epson priinter, Microsoft Word, desktop computers, Adobe Photoshop, bitmapped file, UltraChrome andDurabrite inkjet. The title of his exhibtion reflects the importance of his creative means. It is "Wade Guyton: OS". The OS stands for Operating System.

"The Fall Show" Falls - As Planned

Posted Tuesday October 23, 2012 At 14:36PM . Artists, Blog

Gelitin’s devious scheme could not have been discerned a moment before the opening of their exhibition at the Greene Naftali Gallery in Manhattan. The first visitors beheld a gallery that was tastefully arrayed with sculptures perched on pedestals.

The strange lever projecting from the bottom of the pedestals was the first clue that something was awry. It beckoned to be stepped on. Those who acted on the provocation toppled the sculpture that was perched on the pedestal to the ground. For example, a tower of black buckets tumbled, spilling multi-colored plastic Easter eggs all over the gallery floor!


Arm Pit Incubator

Posted Monday October 22, 2012 At 01:51AM . Artists, Blog

Natalie Jeremijenko clumsily got out of my car. She awkwardly collected her belongings from the back seat and shuffled away - not at all like the blithe woman I had seen earlier in the day when she delivered an inspiring talk at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. This transformation occurred in the interum between the conclusion of her talk and her visit to my homestead. She had recounted numerous projects that combined humor, ingenuity, and pragmatism. They:

 

    - alleviated problems associated with obesity among WILD animals living among humans

 

ENCLOSURES: Andy Goldsworthy / Red Earth / Fernando Garcia-Dory

Posted Friday October 19, 2012 At 18:01PM . Artists, Blog

ENCLOSURES: Andy Goldsworthy / Red Earth / Fernando Garcia-Dory

An 'enclosure' is a sheepfold, typically made of rock scavenged on site, that 'enclose' sheep when they are rounded up from the meadows in order to milk, treat, or clip them. The term applies to three artists in "TO LIFE!".

 

- ANDY GOLDSWORTHY chose "Enclosure" as the title for a decade-long project that he began in 1995. It consisted of 35 stone sheepfolds. The ones that were built long ago and now existed as ruins he recreated. Others he created new. Sheepfolds are an essential part of the history of the land and the people in Northwest England where this work is situated.

 

- RED EARTH chose "Enlosure" as the title for their ceremonial work which occurred in Dorset, England. This work carries a legacy that can be traced back to the Neolithic times, the era when human agricultural practices commenced, including shepherding. Indeed, "Dorset sheep", which remain one of the prized breeds of sheep today, carry this remarkable history in their name.

 

- FERNANDO GARCIA-DORY urges shepherding out of history and treats it in the present and future tenses. Photographs of shepherds who are still tending sheep in the 21st century  display the stone walls of ancient enclosures. Dory is intent on infusing this tradition with new technologies in order to allow it to survive into the future.

Car Protests / Art Follies

Posted Wednesday October 17, 2012 At 15:16PM . Artists, Blog

When Ant Farm installed "Cadillac Ranch", its infamous/renowned artwork along side a Texas panhandle highway, the members of the group were not lonely art cowboys on the plains expressing concern regarding Americans' addiction to driving.

 

At the time, activist members of a California group that called itself "Urban Ecology" were roller skating around city streets depositing 'tickets' on cars that exhorted their owners to reflect upon their driving habits. Instead of fines, the 'tickets' listed oil costs and information on fuel production.

In the mid 1970s, Richard Register joined this crusade by growing a vegetable patch in his 1968 baby blue metal flake Pontiac GTO. For three years"The Veggie Car" produced carrots, celery, lettuc, cauliflower, tomatoes, peas, beans, artichokes, corn, melons, squash, sunflowers, irises, poppies, marigolds, and violets.  Image of Veggie Car

 

All three projects employed humor to comment on the serious environmental concern.

 

Smiling seems less commonly used as a strategy for environmental reform today. Perhaps this is because it has become more difficult to smile in the face of mounting evidence of impending planetary disasters.

 

Fernando Garcia-Dory - Honored

Posted Monday October 15, 2012 At 01:08AM . Artists, Blog

Dory---Bionic-Sheep

Fernando Garcia Dory maintained his modesty even as he delivered an erudite talk and accepted the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change at the 2012 Creative Time Summit in New York city on Saturday.

His inspiring comments dealt with freedom being the most perfect work of art, that freedom could only be achieved through beauty, and that the special role of the artist involves conceiving of the possibility of freedom.


Artists are endowed with this culture-shifting capacity because they need not be limited by existing conditions and they need not respect the status quo. That is why artists can envision alternative values. They fulfill the myth of creation.


Dory then provided a few examples, delivered with humility, of ways that he attempts to fulfill the ennobling mission of the artist. In some instances he is an activist, organizing shepherds from many countries to guide their flocks into Brussels where the European Union was meeting. In other instances he provides a serene emptiness which is required to contemplate beauty and revel in wonder.


In sum, Dory's distinction is earned by offering a gentle but compelling alternative to the two prevailing modes of behavior, neither of which are productive: we are either frozen in fear or are violent in protest. Fernando's website

Fernando Garcia-Dory - Honored

Posted Monday October 15, 2012 At 01:08AM . Artists

Dory---Bionic-Sheep

Fernando Garcia Dory maintained his modesty even as he delivered an erudite talk and accepted the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change at the 2012 Creative Time Summit in New York city on Saturday.

His inspiring comments dealt with freedom being the most perfect work of art, that freedom could only be achieved through beauty, and that the special role of the artist involves conceiving of the possibility of freedom.

Artists are endowed with this culture-shifting capacity because they need not be limited by existing conditions and they need not respect the status quo. That is why artists can envision alternative values. They fulfill the myth of creation.

Dory then provided a few examples, delivered with humility, of ways that he attempts to fulfill the ennobling mission of the artist. In some instances he is an activist, organizing shepherds from many countries to guide their flocks into Brussels where the European Union was meeting. In other instances he provides a serene emptiness which is required to contemplate beauty and revel in wonder.

In all, he offers an alternative to the two prevailing modes of behavior, neither of which are productive: we are either frozen in fear or are violent in protest. 

vaccine against violence

Posted Wednesday September 12, 2012 At 07:49AM . Artists, Blog

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Pedro Reyes is featured in my new book, TO LIFE! Eco Art In Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet. The photo provides evidence of why I chose to include him, when so many artists had to be rejected.

Hugging the Vaccine Against Violence dummie after everything he has endured (photo Mathilde Fernande Fernandez)