What I’m Reading: Gardening is Not a Rational Act

“Gardening, for many artists, is an integral part of the creative process. It nourishes, stimulates and challenges – offering a creative space without the constraints of concepts, materials and audience. It’s a fascinating and often incredibly fruitful relationship. An upcoming exhibition in Melbourne, titled Gardening is not a Rational Act, explores this connection. It features the work of 10 artists who also garden, and is curated by Tai Snaith.”

Full article via Planthunter

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What I’m Reading: Utilizing augmented and virtual reality for positive social change with New Reality Co.

Utilizing augmented and virtual reality for positive social change with New Reality Co.

“It’s not just about putting on a helmet with a video screen. In the installation, fans actually tousle your hair, custom scents drift in, heaters switch on, and a backpack vibrates. As a way of inspiring empathy with the environment, Tree turns you into a tree: “your arms as branches and your body as the trunk,” describes its creators..”

Full article via Freunde von Freunden/Kyle Chayka

 

What I’m Reading: The Big Green Payoff From Bigger Urban Forests

The Big Green Payoff From Bigger Urban Forests

“Plant a tree in a city, and it pays off in dividends. You’ll get carbon sequestered, pollutants and rainfall absorbed, a provision of oxygen, shade and cooling, and psychological boosts to boot. Especially as climate change worsens heat waves (already the world’s leading weather-related cause of death), and as growing urban populations generate more harmful fine particulate matter, trees are one of the single best infrastructure investments cities can make, and an emerging body of scientific literature proves it.

Full article via CityLab/Laura Bliss

What I’m Reading: Curator Nato Thompson on Politics and the State of Social Practice Art

Curator Nato Thompson on Politics and the State of Social Practice Art

“Thompson is moderating a panel on Thursday, October 26 at the Hirshhorn Museum with artists Laurie Jo Reynolds, Pedro Reyes, and Paul Ramírez Jonas about “Awareness, Action, and Dissent.” The series, one that partners with the Newseum in the nation’s capital, complements their current Ai Weiwei exhibition and builds on his commitment to drive social and political change. To get a taste of what to expect on Thursday, I interviewed Thompson about socially engaged art, which is no longer the newest kid on the art world block, and its role in society today.”

Full article via Hyperallergic/Hrag Vartanian

What I’m Reading: What Artists Are Doing to Help Save the Environment

What Artists Are Doing to Help Save the Environment

“At an event in Nevada this past Friday, Trevor Paglen was reflecting on American attitudes toward spaceflight. “We think of space like we think of Nevada,” he said. When we dream of colonizing planets and mining asteroids, “we recapitulate the frontier,” extending it to outer space.

To combat this relationship to our solar system, Paglen, who was just awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, is collaborating with the Nevada Museum of Art, in Reno, for the planned launch of a satellite in 2018. Unlike the thousands of satellites currently in orbit, this one, Orbital Reflector, will have no commercial, military, or scientific purpose. Rather, it will be a public sculpture visible from Earth to the naked eye.”

Full article via Artsy/Matthew Harrison Tedford

What I’m Reading: The Origins of Manhattan’s Tiny Plot of Precolonial Terrain

The Origins of Manhattan’s Tiny Plot of Precolonial Terrain

“Alden Projects on the Lower East Side is marking 50 years since Alan Sonfist proposed reclaiming land in New York City for memorials to lost nature.

What if we memorialized ecological losses like we did battles? “As in war monuments that record the life and death of soldiers, the life and death of natural phenomena such as rivers, springs, and natural outcroppings need to be remembered,” wrote Alan Sonfist  in 1968. The New York artist imagined a series of Time Landscapes that would use public art to recall the precolonial terrain of New York City, whether restoring a spring to Spring Street, or a lake near City Hall. Unused land could be reclaimed for remembering the city’s natural history.”

Full article via Hyperallergic/ Allison Meier