Mireille Astore

Mireille Astore, Tampa
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

Pussy Riot

Performance as a form of protest!

Iiu Susiraja, Girl on Girl

Iiu Susiraja reently published a photographic collection edited by writer and editor Charlotte Jansen, called Girl On Girl. The premise of the art book is simple: Jansen collected together photos of women, taken by women. Images make our story, with women behind the lens, they make their own story.

“Many of the women here do dismantle the typical idea of women’s beauty, and some attack that notion quite viciously. That’s useful, because it starts to open up discussions about how narrow our images of women really are. It also shows up the extent to which femininity is molded into something palatable for commercial gain,” Jansen said. “But I think it’s also important to say that women don’t only use their bodies and the grotesque to make a statement about beauty. That interpretation would be another simplification of what women do.”

The collection also features a bevy of selfies and portraits of women posing nude, a tradition that’s historically been in line with the concept of the muse, an idealized vision of womanly appeal. 

“Women want to be able to celebrate the pure forms of their bodies, just as men have been allowed to for centuries. What’s interesting is whatever we do now with nudity as women is also compared to that male lineage in art history, so women artists can’t avoid interacting with the established male idea of the female nude,” Jansen said.

Quoted from Crum, Maddie. “Women’s Bodies Go Uncensored In This Very Real New Photo Collection”The Huffington Post. April 06, 2017.

Konstantin Dimopoulos


“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.

Sustainability Treehouse


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.

Sissel Tolaas


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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