Astore writes, “The inversion of the gaze as an exploratory tool and an illustration of the privileged artist’s position were critical to the outcome…the sculpture and performance acted as a dichotomy between the sense of freedom and grandeur the individual experiences at the seashore and the imprisonment refugees faced as a result of their trust in the most basic form of humanity at that seashore”.
Just as assumptions and generalisations abound about the stories and personal details of asylum seekers, Astore’s performance generated similar responses, with some passers-by wanting to impose their own, often stereotyped versions of how she should look, behave or perform
quoted from: http://www.realtimearts.net/article/issue59/7362
Performance as a form of protest!
Pussy Riot ignited an international firestorm with their performance of their Punk Prayer in February 2012. Five members of the some 11-person collective entered Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ The Savior and staged a performance of shouts, dances, and guitar. The action was in opposition to the national church’s continued support for President Vladimir Putin. Though the group was purported to be somewhat reviled for the actions in their home nation, Western audiences rallied with cries of “Free Pussy Riot” after three of the performers were arrested for “hooliganism” and imprisoned for the crime that prosecutors said was motivated by religious hatred. The group maintains it was a political act. On August 17 2012, the three arrested were sentenced to two years each in penal colonies; two of the performers are still incarcerated.
“These bizarre blue trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos may look like they came straight out of Avatar, but they were actually painted using an environmentally-safe water-based pigment as part of an art installation in Canada. Originally displayed at the 2011 Vancouver Biennale, the Blue Trees project was extended by 4Culture and various government departments in Seattle on the Burke-Gillman Trail in Kenmore in Westlake, WA. But why paint the trees blue? Dimopoulos says that in doing so, he asks viewers to question how thoroughly we have destroyed various forests around the world.”
from Laylin, Tafline. “Stunning Blue Trees Spring Up in Seattle“. Inhabitat. 2012.
Situated in the forest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, this interactive, interpretive and gathering facility serves as a unique icon of scouting adventure, environmental stewardship and high performance building design. Visitors ascend indoor and outdoor platforms to experience the forest from multiple vantages and engage with educational exhibits that explore the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy and sky. Innovative green building systems—including a 6,450-watt photovoltaic array output, two 4,000-watt wind turbines, and a 1,000-gallon cistern and water cleansing system—combine to yield a net-zero energy and net-zero water facility that touches its site lightly.
Quoted from Huffington Post article.
Rosenfield, Karen. “10 Most Sustainable Architectural Projects in the United States.” Huffington Post. June 2014.
Norwegian artist Sissel Tolaas has been involved in projects that range from scientific, to commercial, artistic, to the historical. Her method is closely linked with the sense of smell.
Bacterially — an ongoing project by Tolaas and scent researcher, and Christina Agapakis, a postdoctoral research fellow in synthetic biology at UCLA — looks to understand the deeper connection between our bodies and our food.
The team produced cheeses by intentionally sampling regions of the bodies of 71 people and culturing their skin bacteria in milk…creating unique odors and cheese characteristics, making “designer cheeses”.
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