Sunday, October 24, 2010

Big Bambú

from Miriam Nouri:

Visitors witness the continuing creation and evolving incarnations of Big Bambú as it is constructed throughout the spring, summer, and fall by the artists and a team of rock climbers. Set against Central Park and its urban backdrop, Big Bambú suggests the complexity and energy of an ever-changing living organism.{9C6923D2-D348-4761-BEB3-A943934068D2}

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Manfred Max-Neef

Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef has coined the term- 'barefoot economics.'
His metaphor speaks directly of an economic sustainability as well as an ecological one.
Here's a recent interview::

He won the Right Livelihood Award in 1983, two years after the publication of his book 
"Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics."
Here's a quote- 'knowledge is not enough, we must also have understanding.'


Hi Everyone-

I wanted to pass along this link to the British based artists-
Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd.

We've worked with them over the years in the Center for Integrated Media- and their
work is another example of a creative practice that engages our alienation from nature and offers an alternative view of the term 'sustainability'....

Here's another link to a project that they did a few years back for our site-


Friday, October 15, 2010

Phil Ross and Rich Pell visit IM

Hi Everyone- This is a reminder that Phil Ross and Rich Pell will visit the Center for  Integrated Media on Nov. 8 (A116, 7-pm)

Here's their bios:

Rich Pell

Richard Pell is a founding member of the highly acclaimed art and engineering collective, the Institute for Applied Autonomy. His work with IAAincludes several robotic, web and biologically based projects that call into question the imperatives that drive technological development. IAA projects such as the robotic GraffitiWriter, iSee and TXTmob have been exhibited in art, activist and engineering contexts such as the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Mass MoCA, CAC in Cincinnati, Australian Center for the Moving Image, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Hackers On Planet Earth and the International Conference On Robotics And Automation. IAA projects have been chosen for an Award of Distinction and two Honorable Mentions at the Prix-Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and were selected for RES Magazine’s 10 Best New Artists of 2005. His narrative and documentary videos explore the individual’s relationship to authority. His most recent video documentary entitled, Don’t Call Me Crazy On The 4th Of July, won the Best Michigan Director Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2005, took 1st prize at the Iowa International Documentary Film Festival has screened in numerous festivals internationally. In 2007 he was awarded a prestigious Rockefeller New Media Fellowship for the establishment of a new museum entitled The Center for PostNatural History.

Phil Ross

For the past fifteen years I have been making research based artworks that place natural systems within a frame of social and historic contexts. While this often takes form as sculptural installations my recent work has included a trilogy of videos about microorganisms, founding and directing CRITTER- a salon for the natural sciences in San Francisco, and developing some LEED Transplutonic building materials. These diverse projects stem from my fascination with the interrelationships between human beings, technology and the greater living environment.


My personal drive for making work about the organic world is born from a lifetime interest in biology. While I was terrible in high-school science and math my education emerged through a more direct engagement with materials and practices; as a chef I began to understand biochemistry and laboratory methods, as a hospice caregiver I worked with life support technologies and environmental controls, and through my interest in wild mushrooms I learned about taxonomies, forest ecologies and husbandry. Engaging with the sciences through an every day practice is a route that is aesthetically, intellectually and symbolically rich. In my various projects I show what I find interesting about the natural world, and use the lens of human artifice to achieve a specific focus of that view.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Slavoj Zizek on Ecology

In my course "Take Care of Yourself," we came across the motto "an unexamined life is not worth living" last week. Those of you who attended Timothy Morton's talk last Thursday will remember that Slavoj Zizek's work was mentioned a number of times. The clip below, which features Zizek in the documentary Examined Life, might be a nice introduction to our conversation this Thursday with Miranda and Ian (see previous post).

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Thursday, October 14th. 8-9pm, Gallery A116.

Second cluster night, with Miranda Wright and Ian Garrett from the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.

Pizza and soda will be provided.