Project: Write, perform, or illustrate a short story about a biological, watershed, or weather system.
The following systems exist in the absence of human interventions:
Biological System (Brandon Ballengee) (Critical Art Ensemble) (Fernando Garcia Dory) (Nicole Fournier) (Amy Franceschini) (Natalie Jeremijenko) (Terike Haapoja) (Eduardo Kac) (Helen and Newton Harrison) (Jae Rhim Lee) (Bonnie Sherk) (Alan Sonfist) (Tissue Culture & Art)
Watershed System (Herbert Bayer) (Andy Goldsworthy) (Yun-Fei Ji) (Allan Kaprow) (Helen and Newton Harrison) (Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger)
Weather System (Herbert Bayer) (Andy Goldsworthy) (Hans Haacke) (Tomas Saraceno)
Project: Human impacts on the Earth’s biological, watershed, and weather systems began in pre-historic times and have been accelerating ever since. Alarm over the extent of these disruptions has produced pessimists who believe life on Earth is doomed. Optimists, on the other hand, believe behavior change and technological innovation can avert disaster. Write, perform, or illustrate a short story about a biological, watershed, or weather system. If you are a pessimist, your work will be a horror story. If you are an optimist, your work will be a fairytale. In each instance, focus on the relationships between the components of the system.
Research / Discussion: Dory, Fournier, Franceschini, Jeremijenko, Harrison, Lee, Sherk, Tissue Culture & Art, Bayer, and Haacke all present strategies for interacting with a biological, watershed, or weather system. Select a recent news story that provides an example of a human disruption of one of these systems. Based on the facts of the case, discuss if the strategy addressed by one of these artists could have reduced the extent of disruption. Explain how and why.