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Leonardo Electronic Almanac On-Line Exhibition Series
Leonardo Electronic Almanac is now hosting an online exhibition series curated by Lanfranco Aceti and Christiane Paul (Senior Curators), Vince Dziekan (Digital Media Curator) and Jeremy Hight (New Media Curator). The exhibition series highlights the work of artists working in art, science and new media and is posted on social media networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Encouraging a playful and expansive mode of discourse, the adopted format provides artists with the opportunity to devise, re-create or represent a portfolio of artworks, processes or ideas sequentially over a month-long series of images or frames. The first two exhibitions, initiated in Autumn 2010, were Explorations of Structure by Jane Prophet and Visible from Space by Paul Catanese. In Jane Prophet's portfolio the artist takes previously completed artworks and reevaluates them as explorations of structure. Prophet uses innovative media combined with a traditional aesthetics to address issues related to the use of scientific methods and technologies in creating art. This can be seen from her use of elements derived from fractal mathematics to the treatment of politics of landscape. She demonstrates through her works, which exist in a variety of forms, the ability to fascinate the audience with innovative aesthetics. An open discussion with Prophet was initiated on Facebook, where community members were able to interact with the artist and talk with her about her work. Research and development for Visible from Space was supported by a month-long residency in June 2010 at the Goldwell Open Air Museum just outside of Death Valley. The exhibition was accompanied by an engaging interview with Catanese and curators Dziekan and Aceti. Find out more: <leoalmanac.org>.
Lovely Weather: Art & Climate Change Projects 2010
Leonardo/Olats and Donegal County Council present five projects for Lovely Weather: Art and Climate Change, a ground-breaking art & science project that examines the issue of climate change in Donegal, Ireland. The selected artists are: Peter d'Agostino (U.S.A.), WorldWide Walks/between earth & sky/Dún na nGall; Seema Goel (Canada), Carbon Footprint; The League of Imaginary Scientists (U.S.A.), The Irish Rover: Looking for Mars off the Northern Coast of Ireland; Antony Lyons (U.K.), Weather Proof; and Softday (Ireland) Marbh Chrios (Dead Zone). When creating their work, the selected artists took an interdisciplinary approach and actively involved citizens from their respective areas in their projects to consider questions about climate and its changes on a practical level. The final projects were featured in an exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre (Ireland) in November 2010, accompanied by an international conference and publication, <www.olats.org/fcm/artclimat/artclimat_eng.php>. For more information about the Lovely Weather art projects and exhibition and related events, visit the Regional Cultural Center web site: <www.regionalculturalcentre.com/index.php/category/lovelyweather/>.
Peter d'Agostino (U.S.A.): WorldWide Walks/between earth & sky/Dún na nGall
This project is based on a series of WorldWide-Walks, video/web projects that combine elements of natural, cultural and virtual identities. The complementary realities of actually walking through a physical environment and of virtually surfing the web are key components of these projects, which began with The Walk Series video documentation/performances in 1973 and have continued to the present. The project intends to explore issues of the natural environmental sciences, with an emphasis on cultures and histories, including examining climate reconstructions; the science of climate; societal impacts of climate change; and cultural analyses of climate history.
Seema Goel (Canada): Carbon Footprint
Carbon Footprint is a process-based artwork linking local phenomena to global climate change. While scientific data and analysis are imperative to our understanding of climate change, this project will also consider the hijacking of the term "climate" as in "the economic climate," the concept of "low-carbon" economies, a statistical correlation analysis of Malin Head meteorological data with Ireland's gross domestic product (GDP) and greenhouse gas emissions, and a substantial consideration and use of local materials, knowledge, iconography and personal industry on a human (rather than industrial) scale. The project will attempt to make the science and issues of climate change accessible by rephrasing them in...