Can Artists Heal Nature? Presented in collaboration with Montalvo Arts Center
Join us Friday, June 28th as participants get five-minutes each to address the title question, "Can Artists Heal Nature?" The event begins with a shared potluck at 6pm, so please bring a dish to share. Participants will each have five minutes to address the title question, followed by an open discussion. Speakers include Susanne Cockrell, Olivia Chumacero, Sarah Dougherty, Owen Driggs, Jane Tsong, and more to be announced.
Date: Friday June 28, 2013
Location: ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street, San Jose
This conversation is organized by Lucas Artist Fellows Owen Driggs in association with their project Mapping Biointimacy, developed for COME HEALING, Montalvo’s 2013 Art on the Grounds exhibition. The portmanteau word "biointimacy" combines "biological" and "intimacy" to suggest both the physical interdependence of all life on Earth and a condition of relational awareness. Using digital mapping and GPS technologies alongside more traditional interpretive strategies such as conversations, signage, and workshops,Mapping Biointimacy supports experiences of the natural world as a network of intimate relationships. Informed by proximity, feeling, and knowledge, encounter by encounter, intimacy can grow.
The question “Can Artists Heal Nature?” was first addressed in this format in October 2012, for the SOCiAL: Art + People initiative in Los Angeles.
Olivia Chumacero is a member of the Raramuri tribe from the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico. Currently she is a consultant for the California State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles and teaches a philosophy of life derived from her indigenous cultural background titled Everything Is Medicine. Ms. Chumacero is the recipient of a grant from Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio. Everything Is Medicine is encapsulated in traditional knowledge imparted to her by elders and family relatives, which focuses on the medicinal, edible, and cultural uses of native plants and all life supporting systems in our mother planet.
Susanne Cockrell and Ted Purves work collaboratively under the rubric of fieldfaring to create social art projects that investigate the overlay of urban and rural systems upon the lives of specific communities. They ask questions about the nature of people and place as seen through social economy, history and local ecology. The collaboration began with a two and a half year public project (2004-2007), Temescal Amity Works, which facilitated and documented the exchange of backyard produce, conversation, and collective biography within the Temescal Neighborhood of Oakland, CA.
Sarah Dougherty earned her BA in Latin American Studies from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005 and received her MFA in painting from UCLA in 2012. As a site-specific teacher, painter and activist she documents and disseminates the beauty between creativity, decolonization and learning. In 2010 she founded and currently co-teaches in the Art & Nature Artist Collective based out of LA. She lives and works in San Jose, CA creating "Classes without Walls" and teaching Spanish through art to middle school students at Escuela Popular. Sarah is currently showing work at Aran Cravey Gallery in a solo exhibit called A Home is Medicine.
Janet Owen Driggs is a writer, artist and curator who, along with Matthew Owen Driggs, frequently participates in the collective identity “Owen Driggs.” Her interests focus on those sites, both physical and intangible, where ‘one’ meets the ‘other.’ Her artworks have been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Brazil, and she has curated exhibitions and screening programs in the United Kingdom, United States, People's Republic of China, and Mexico. Janet is co-author of Preserving a Home for Veterans (with T. Lyons, L. Bon, R. Fox), Les Figues Press, 2012, and Something More Than Just Survival (with J. Rochielle) Proboscis 2012. Other writings have been published by Artillery, Art Review, ArtUS, and Emergency Index.
Jane Tsong's public artworks bridge landscape, art, and everyday experience. Recent commissions include no beginning no end /circle the earth/blessed water/blood of life..., blessings for air, water, and biosolids treated by the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle (collaboration with poet Judith Roche), and Age of Amphibians at Reseda Pool, which transports swimmers to an ancient swamp landscape when they bask among shadows cast by Carboniferous plant forms looming above. Her proposals for radical gardens, each growing out of extensive research into local cultural history, have been finalists for public art commissions in Los Angeles, Astoria, Oregon and the City of Ventura.
When & Where
ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network
ZERO1 is where art meets technology to shape the future.
ZERO1 is where art meets technology to shape the future. As a 21st century arts nonprofit, ZERO1 works with some of the world’s most fertile and creative minds from the fields of art, science, design, architecture, and technology. ZERO1 presents a year-round program of exhibitions, talks, and events at the ZERO1 Garage, their arts space in downtown San Jose’s downtown cultural district, and produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. ZERO1 is also the force behind the ZERO1 Fellowship program, where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges.