Upcoming Talk in Gainesville, FL

CITY OF GAINESVILLE
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2012
Photographer of 365 EPA Superfund Sites to Speak at the Historic Thomas Center

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs announces a lecture by New York media artist Brooke Singer on Friday March 30 at 6 p.m. in the Thomas Center Long Gallery. Recognized for her work photographing 365 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund sites from outside New York City to Hawaii, Singer will speak on Alternative Histories: Mapping Toxic Legacy and Tracking Superfund.

This program accompanies the Thomas Center Main Gallery’s powerful current exhibition Region4: Transformation Through Imagination, which features works by 17 artists who seek to transform the reality of the local Cabot/Koppers EPA Superfund site into images that convey both the history of the issue and the possibilities for restoration and positive change. The exhibition was organized by the Superfund Art Project in collaboration with Protect Gainesville Citizens and runs through Saturday, April 28. Along with related programming, it is funded by a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The Speaker:
Brooke Singer is currently Associate Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York. Her work blurs the borders between science, technology, politics and arts practices. She has exhibited at the Warhol Museum of Art, The Banff Centre, Neuberger Museum of Art, MoMA/PS1, Diverseworks, Exit Art, FILE Electronic Festival, Sonar Music and Multimedia Festival, The Whitney Artport, among others.

Beautiful Trouble

I am very excited to be part of this book, “Beautiful Trouble.” It arrives in February. Order your advanced copy today! Here is some more info:

From Cairo to cyberspace, from Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social movements have a creative new edge that’s blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down. Until now.

Beautiful Trouble brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best practices into a toolbox for creative action.

Beautiful Trouble puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers.

Off to Madrid for Residency at Matadero!

Ricardo and I are heading to Madrid this week to begin production on a new project, Excedentes/Excess. This is a commissioned work by Matadero in collaboration with Madrid-based artist, Jose Luis Bongore, and Beatriz Marcos. We have been conducting research in NYC and Madrid simultaneously over the last few months on the topic of urban food waste. And now we are coming together to prototype and test some ideas.

Here are some videos from interviews.

And a few images from our dumpster dive last week in Brooklyn:

Expanding the Documentary — Conference at SUNY Purchase on OCT 14th

I am co-organizing this conference for next month with Dr. Michelle Stewart, Director School of Film and Media Studies.

Artists, in recent years, have pioneered forms of interactive, environmental, and database art that document socio-political, cultural, and natural phenomena that were once the purview of the film and video documentary. While film and video had the ability to collect, record, narrate, and argue about the historical world, expanded documentarians utilize the full palette of digital media in order to engage audiences, participants, and users in the production, archiving, and mapping of the real. Interactive and multimedia works implicate spectators in the production of information and arguments about the world, foregrounding the public nature of the construction of knowledge.

Participants include: Steve Dietz, Andrea Grover, Skip Blumberg, Ryan Griffis, Mark Shepard, Millie Chen, Stephanie Rothenberg, Benj Gerdes, Angel Naverez and Valerie Tevere & Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga.

Conference Website: https://drupalsites.purchase.edu/expanding_the_documentary/

El Ranchito Commission + Residency

Ricardo and I have been awarded a commission and residency from El Ranchito (a project of Matadero in Madrid) along with artist José Luis Aguilera and Beatriz Marcos.

The artist-in-residence at El Ranchito is unique in that it is available for artists who do not reside in Madrid (whether Spanish or international) and come recommended by artists and cultural agents who are city residents in order to develop a joint or collaborative project. The residencies can last from 3 to 6 weeks between May and December 2011. We will begin our residency in early December and remain in Spain through January.

More soon about the specifics of the commission, but here is the announcement on the El Ranchito blog.