Marfa Dialogues/Houston, March 24-26, 2016

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Ballroom Marfa, FotoFest International and the Public Concern Foundation will bring Marfa Dialogues to Houston, Texas March 24-26, 2016 as part of the FotoFest 2016 Biennial. Join us as we consider the scale of climate disruption from the hyperlocal to the hyperobject. Events will be presented at The Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts,… Read More >

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CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet           FotoFest 2016 Biennial

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Exhibitions and Programs March 12 – April 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas USA

The focus for the 2016 Biennial, FotoFest’s 16th International Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media Art, is humanity’s relationship with the changing planet. CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet, the Biennial theme, will be explored in a series of exhibitions, videos, films, books and… Read More >

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Artists’ Film International 2015 at Ballroom Marfa

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Artists’ Film International – Brigid McCaffrey Curated by Laura Copelin

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Saturday, November 14 10 am – 6 pm Drop-in screenings of AFI international selections 7 pm Featured screening of short films by Brigid McCaffrey Crowley Theater Marfa, Texas

Sunday,… Read More >

Mel Chin returns to St. Louis with the Fundred Dollar Bill Project

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As part of Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis this summer, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) hosted The Art of Engagement, a panel discussion that brought artists Mel Chin and Mary Miss together in conversation with Hamilton Fish of The Public Concern Foundation to consider the ongoing relationship between culture, artistic intervention, and social values. Chin spoke particularly to… Read More >

Watershed Maps by Lorin Crandall

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As part of his participation in the CaLL/WALKS organized by Mary Miss for Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis, Lorin Crandall created a series of map showing St. Louis’ place within the Mississippi River watershed. Lorin is the Clean Water Program Director at Missouri Coalition for the Environment, a statewide environmental advocacy organization, working on a variety of issues that affect human and… Read More >

Water Co-op Bar – Radical Intention/BJ Vogt

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During their residency at The Luminary, Radical Intention and artist BJ Vogt participated in the Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis with the project the Water Coop Bar.

Over two days of the MD/STL programming, the Water Co­op Bar was stationed at two locations across St. Louis where it has served drinkable water. By offering water, Radical Intention aimed to intersect with a broad and diverse audience… Read More >

RIP Charles Bowden

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Charles Bowden, visionary writer and crusading muckracker, died in Las Cruces, NM this past Saturday. Bowden joined us here in Marfa for the inaugural Marfa Dialogues, a program that looked at the culture and politics of the U.S./Mexico border which Bowden reported on in with his “surrealist fever dream” prose, capturing the sadness and madness of… Read More >

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Monarch Food Cart Debuts in St. Louis

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Milkweed Dispersal Balloons by Jenny Kendler debut at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

In response to the declining monarch butterfly population, resident artist Jenny Kendler debuted Milkweed Dispersal Balloons as part of the recent Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis series. The project, funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, generated… Read More >

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Community Actions + Individual Choices

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A fully enjoyable and exciting experience sharing the Moth Project at Marfa Dialogues STL!

Community actions along with individual choices foster a better understanding and positive relationship with local pollinators. — they all add up.  Follow this link: http://www.monsantra.com/#!st-louis/cvi5

Best, Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki = PlantBot Genetics and the Moth Project

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1000 Cups and a Long Story

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Before our current project, Zero: a Landscape of Conversation and Action, the cups were their own project. Their history and metamorphosis are my contribution to this project, and they are the physical manifestation of my idea, exchanged for many of yours.

Concept

During my junior year of college, I started doing work using water use statistics in America. Excluding lawn… Read More >

A Banded Tussock Moth at PXSTL

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Another identified arrival to the moth tents last night at PXSTL — the Banded Tussock Moth or Halysidota tessellaris. Wings are yellowish-white with bands of beige edged in faint black across for wings. The body is hairy and yellow and the thorax has blue-green lines on the upper sides. Larvae are known to feed on alder, ash, birch, blueberry, chestnut,… Read More >

Imperial Moth at PXSTL

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A brief visitor to the Moth Project tents Thursday Night: an Imperial Moth (Eacles imperials).  PlantBot Genetics has just one more night at the PXSTL Site on Friday August 1, 6-9:30 pm so visit and see what flies by…

http://www.monsantra.com/#!moths/c1qbm

Mary Miss / City as a Living Laboratory Route Map

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Join artist Mary Miss and St. Louis area architects, urban designers, artists, and biologists from Danforth Plant Sciences Center and the Botanical Gardens on a walk from Pruitt-Igoe to Pulitzer Arts Foundation, to discuss sustainability and design in St. Louis.

Meet at the corner of 23rd and Cass Avenue at 9 am on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

The walk will… Read More >

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PXSTL site hosts MD/STL programs

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PXSTL, a design-build competition organized by Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, explores how temporary interventions can spur long-term urban revitalization, and provides the public with an outdoor space for cultural activity in the heart of the Grand Center neighborhood of St. Louis. The winning design,… Read More >

SPORE Projects Tonight

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Join SPORE Projects in Fox Park “Square” tonight. Help us construct a collectively-build Pop-up Interpretive Center! We’ll be at the vacant lot at the corner of California/Shenandoah. Everyone (kids too) are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring fabric scraps to add to the blanket fort, natural items, & other fun things for the mini-museum. Wild edibles/medicals walks (4:30/6:30). Maps… Read More >

A Conversation about Zero

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As the eve of our installation approaches and the Marfa Dialogues have begun, we would like to propose a conversation.  In particular, a conversation about zero – truly – just zero.

As zero often connotes nothing, there is a peculiar amount of emotion evoked by its existence.  What would we do with all of this negative space?

Well, here’s a thought: … Read More >

Ecological Literacy

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Solving today’s challenges requires ecological literacy — an understanding of the principles that underlie all life. PlantBot Genetics and the Moth Project explores new ways to understand natural systems and how to live and work within them.  Our  off-grid solar “power stations” allow us freedom from the electrical outlet and promote renewable power — good for people and insects alike!

#MDSTL Launches Tonight

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Check out these STL TV interviews where Pulitzer Arts programming team talk about the history of Marfa Dialogues, and program collaborators Michael Allen, Director at Preservation Research Office, and artist Carlie Trosclair talk about their MD/STL project,  30 Days of Demolition.

STL TV – Interview 1 of 2 STL TV – Interview 2 of 2

Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis kicks… Read More >

The Moth Project Promotes Community Driven Solutions

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Beneficial Pollinators Knowing that honeybees, bumble bees,  moths, birds, and small mammals that pollinate over 90% of the planet’s flowering plants and one third of human food crops — How can you help?

Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees About 90% of all flowering plants need the help of animals to move pollen from flower to flower for the production of fruits… Read More >

TRUTH in our Trash

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This Saturday at STL Trash Talk, I’ll be sharing my favorite spots in St. Louis to find trash. Though, calling it trash just doesn’t seem right. So many of the materials that get tossed are still usable and beautiful. You can find pieces to plop right down in your living room or ones to rework before they… Read More >

From Arroyo Grande to Ayala de Chinati

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“…my first and largest interest is in my relation to the natural world, all of it, all the way out. This interest includes my existence, a keen interest, the existence of everything and the space and time that is created by the existing things. Art emulates this creation or definition by also creating, on a small scale, space and time.” 

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Limited-edition Monarch Pins from Artist Jenny Kendler

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Join Jenny Kendler, NRDC Artist-in-Residence, for Milkweed Dispersal Balloons on Wednesday, July 30th and Saturday, August 2nd. Help support the local monarch population and get your very own souvenir pin! Full event details can be found here.

 

 

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Yoga Sequence for Climate Change

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Sequenced by Mallory Nezam, Organizer of Hush: a mindfulness practice Tadasana (eyes closed) | Mountain Pose Parsva Tadasana | Side Stretch Ardha Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana | Half Revolved Hand-to-Big Toe Pose Vrksasana | Tree Pose Virabhadrasana III | Warrior III Virabhadrasana I | Warrior I (repeat above on alternative side) Adho Mukha Svanasana (1 minute) | Downward Facing Dog Adha Mukha Vrksasana hops… Read More >

Moths as Environmental Indicators

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Moths play a vital role in telling us more about the health of our environment. They are widespread found in diverse habitats, and sensitive to ecological changes making them particularly useful as an indicator species of climate change. Monitoring their numbers and ranges can give us vital clues to changes in our own environment, such as the… Read More >

Managing highways

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Managing our highways for butterflies, not pesticides by Sylvia Fallon - May 8, 2014

With news that the number of monarch butterflies is plummeting due to the use of herbicides in agriculture, people have been looking for alternative habitats to restore the butterflies’ host plant, milkweed.  NRDC has partnered with Monarch Watch to help plantRead More >

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Monsanto House of The Future

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Ethics today means not being at home in one’s house.

-Theodor Adorno

Climate change is about the future infiltrating the present. Our ethics don’t stretch to universals, to global threats, to timelines beyond our lifetimes. Monsanto House of the Future is a project that addresses climate change after the future, to borrow Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s term… Read More >

moths and bees?

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Under the guise of PlantBot Genetics, artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki created the Moth Project project to underscore bee decline and the importance of other pollinators in the environment. Night-time insect survey events provide hands on activities and offers simple actions that support pollinators while encouraging backyard naturalism and citizen science.

In addition to gathering nectar to produce honey,… Read More >

#MDSTL Poetry Mixtape

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Selected by Philip Matthews, Programs Coordinator at Pulitzer Arts Foundation Nikki Finney – Penguin Mullet Bread Brenda Hillman – Air in the Epic Adrian Blevins – The Plunge Timothy Donnelly – Hymn to Life Mary Jo Bang – A Technical Drawing of the Moment Anne Waldman – Manatee / Humanity Gerard Manley Hopkins –… Read More >

Monarch butterflies plummet

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As monarch butterflies plummet, it’s time to rethink the widespread use of our nation’s top weedkiller by Sylvia Fallon - February 24, 2014

NRDC is calling on EPA to re-examine the widespread use of glyphosate, commonly called Roundup, in light of its impacts on monarch butterflies.  Glyphosate was last approved by EPA in 1993 before the adoption of genetically… Read More >

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Bring Back Monarchs

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Bring Back the Monarchs! One ecologist’s plan to plant milkweed to save the popular pollinating butterfly. by Chip Taylor   • May 14, 2014

Ten years ago, a grain farmer in Northeast Nebraska wrote me a letter: “I am concerned that the recent large use of Roundup-ready crops (which I use) and the subsequent widespread use of Roundup herbicide (which I also… Read More >

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NRDC & Jenny Kendler spy milkweed and monarchs on Chicago City Hall’s green roof

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Artist Jenny Kendler and NRDC’s upcoming project for MD/STL, Milkweed Dispersal Balloons raises awareness about monarch butterflies, and their recent population decline due to climate change and the decrease in milkweed, monarch caterpillars’ only food source.

Milkweed Dispersal Balloons aims to provide an art experience for the viewer, while simultaneously creating an urban source of milkweed for future generations… Read More >

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Chef Ryan Maher: How to Cook with Foraged Ingredients

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Have you ever thought of eating straight from your backyard? It can be done. Ryan Maher shows us how in this video.

On Sunday, August 3, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Brooklyn-based artist Tattfoo Tan will collaborate with Ryan Maher, chef and owner of Missouri Wild Edibles, on a foraging walk that teaches participants to identify plants and their various… Read More >

St. Louis Food as a Model for Citizenship

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by Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, Manager of Programs at Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Food culture in St. Louis demonstrates citizenship and artistic practice at its best.  Quality, taste, and relationships drive farm-to-table trends, and have become an example of how food culture is a successful model for climate change solutions on a city-wide scale. As a self-identified food gourmand outside my role… Read More >

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Tattfoo Tan’s New Earth Apocalypse Knowledge Advancement

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MD/STL food forager Tattfoo Tan takes a positive approach to preparing for climate change with a number of projects, most recently his NEAKA – a catamaran-like sculpture that serves as a vitrine for his New Earth MREs –  was on display at Smack Mellon as part of FOODShed: Art and Agriculture in Action, a program curated by fellow Marfa… Read More >

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The Chicago Reader on NRDC Artist-in-Residence Jenny Kendler

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Natural Resources Defense Council and artist Jenny Kendler will bring “Milkweed Dispersal Balloons” to St. Louis for Marfa Dialogues. The project is a mobile food cart that will distribute milkweed seeds across the area, to strengthen the declining monarch butterfly population.

The Natural Selection of Jenny Kendler

Artist and environmental activist Jenny Kendler makes complex work about the weird relationship… Read More >

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Creative Time Reports on Nora York’s MD/NY Project

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In partnership with Marfa Dialogues/NY, Creative Time Reports presents video from a performance by the musician and artist Nora York and an accompanying conversation between York and the publisher, environmental advocate and Marfa Dialogues co-founder Hamilton Fish. Water Water Everywhere was co-composed by Jamie Lawrence and Nora York.

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“Rauschenberg Foundation: Bridging the Gap Between Art & Life”

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ARTnews recently profiled our partner for Marfa Dialogues/New York,the Rauschenberg Foundation, discussing its various philanthropic endeavors, notable programs, and the organization’s relationship to the life and goals of its founder: the late painter and activist, Robert Rauschenberg.

An excerpt:

“Marfa Dialogues/New York” is just one of an array of initiatives funded and supported by the Rauschenberg Foundation since… Read More >

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Tattfoo Tan’s New “Colorful and Healthy” Project

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Marfa Dialogues/New York alum, Tattfoo Tan, recently unveiled his newest project, Nature Matching System at Seymour Dual Language Academy in Syracuse, New York. As described by the artist: “The Nature Matching System is a color chart… used to remind us to consume our recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables.”

The project, which is composed of a “curriculum” booklet… Read More >

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CaLL/WALKS for Jane’s Walk Present: “Ludogeography”

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On Saturday, May 3rd Marfa Dialogues/NY participant, Mary Miss and game designer Josh Debonis will offer an “exploration” of Madison Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood using methods influenced by the Situationist’s Dérive. Using the term, Ludogeography (which means “to let play influence movement through an urban space”), Mary Miss and DeBonis lead participants through:

an experimental game of chance… Read More >

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BRIC Presents: Nora York & Jamie Lawrence’s “Water Water Everywhere”

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Fortunately, if you missed Nora York’s performance of Water Water Everywhere last November at MDNY program partner, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, you have another chance to see this collaborative and “provocative new work.”

As described by BRIC:

In their new multi-media song cycle, singer and conceptual artist Nora York and co-composer Jamie… Read More >

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Creative Time Reports: “Fracking Away Our Air, Water, and Land”

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In partnership with Marfa Dialogues/NY, Creative Time Reports recently published an article by artists Barbara Arrindell and Ruth Hardinger. In it, they “argue that natural gas is not a ‘bridge fuel’ to less hazardous energy sources, but a grave danger to communal resources and the global climate.”

An excerpt:

The… Read More >

Cape Farewell Foundation Presents “This Clement World”

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Presented as part of Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Performance Series with Cape Farewell Foundation, This Clement World is “a fiercely creative and charismatic tribute to our rapidly changing environment, as seen through the prism of Cynthia Hopkins’ deeply personal lens and wild cross-disciplinary style. Performed live with a 15-piece chorus and band, This… Read More >

Rewinding the Clock on Climate Change Through Culture

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In partnership with Marfa Dialogues/NY, Creative Time Reports presents a panel discussion on how culture can help visualize the impact of climate change with artist Maya Lin, Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke and Creative Time President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak.

Read more at Creative Time!

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ART & THE ENVIRONMENT: VIDEO SERIES ON THE HIGH LINE SPARKS CONVERSATION

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How do climate change and environmental issues relate to art? High Line Art set out to answer this question, investigating the intersection between art and the environment. High Line Art is the curated program of Friends of the High Line, which manages and oversees the High Line park. To explore artistic production and the environment, High Line Art curated a… Read More >

NPR on New Earth MRE

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Elizabeth Barclay interviewed Tattfoo Tan about his MD/NY project, New Earth MRE for NPR’s The Salt blog

Tan, who was born in Malaysia and moved to New York in 2000, calls himself a “social sculpture artist” who collaborates with the public around ecology, food and urban agriculture issues. He has studied permaculture and composting, and… Read More >

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Images from Cape Farewell’s Climate is Culture Panel

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On November 9, the Cape Farewell Foundation hosted an exciting panel and dialogue at the Rauschenberg Project Space between artists Mel Chin, Melanie Gilligan, Tom Ackers, David Buckland, Tom Rand, and environmental advocate, Hamilton Fish. Luckily if you missed out on the event, we do have these fantastic images from the night. Thanks to curator Amy Lipton from… Read More >

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“State of the Planet” on the Earth Institute/Positive Feedback’s “Speed Dating”

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The blog, “State of the Planet”, recently reviewed the Earth Institute and PostiveFeedback’s event, Art/Science Speed-Dating, where artists and scientists were brought together for quick conversations, and the hope of igniting “sparks” of inspiration for future collaborations.

The night began with a panel discussion, after which:

the crowd of approximately 25 artists and 25 scientists commenced speed-dating each other. After five minutes was… Read More >

Ballroom Marfa Presents: A Night with C. Spencer Yeh and Messages

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Studio Visit: C Spencer Yeh from Frieze on Vimeo.

Ballroom Marfa Presents: A Night with C. Spencer Yeh and Messages November 21, 2013 | 7 pm | FREE Part of Marfa Dialogues/New York

Rauschenberg Project Space 455 W. 19th Street New York, NY

In keeping with Quiet Earth‘s ongoing examination of humanity’s… Read More >

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Maya Lin and Frances Beinecke in Conversation

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Last week’s conversation between Maya Lin and NRDC President Frances Beinecke, now archived online. From the NRDC website

On Monday, November 4th, two of the leading voices on the issue of climate change — artist and honorary NRDC Trustee Maya Lin and NRDC President Frances Beinecke — discussed the critical role… Read More >

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Nora York Live at Joe’s Pub

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The complete performance of Nora York’s sold-out show Water Water Everywhere/Nay Any Drop to Drink, for your consideration.

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Art in America on Mary Miss

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Art in America profiles Mary Miss, whose second MD/NY CaLL Walk takes place this Sunday, November 10 from 12 noon – 4 PM beginning at Broadway & 23rd Street (at the SW entrance to Madison Square Park). An excerpt …

A longtime advocate of environmental awareness, Miss was eager to participate in the Marfa Dialogues, she said in… Read More >

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New York Times on Boogie Down Rides and CaLL Walks

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The New York Times previews this weekend’s Boogie Down Rides and Mary Miss MD/NY happenings. From Spare Times

Marfa Dialogues/NY: Walking and Bicycle Tours (Saturday and Sunday) Several free events, pairing artists and scientists, will focus on how those in the art world can address problems associated with climate change. The programming is being offered… Read More >

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Eve Mosher gives HighWaterLine talk on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

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From MD/NY partner ecoartspace:

Artist Eve Mosher gave a talk as part of the Marfa Dialogues New York on October 30th, 2013, hosted by ecoartspace curator Amy Lipton at the Rauschenberg Project Space. The artist shared the story of her public art project HighWaterLine where she marked the ten-feet-above-sea-level line along nearly 70 miles of coastline, in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, with a… Read More >

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Blouin Artinfo on Nora York

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Check out this insightful conversation between Marfa Dialogues partner Nora York and Larry Blumenfeld in Blouin Artinfo, including York’s on-point climate change reading list …

Well, even if Handel’s suites are not overtly about water, your project certainly is. How did you approach the issues of climate change and the politics surrounding water, which are only just… Read More >

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New Event: Cape Farewell Foundation presents Climate is Culture

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Be sure to attend the Cape Farewell Foundation’s recently announced event: “Climate is Culture” and the video installation, DEEP TIME, by artists Melanie Gilligan and Tom Ackers.

Here is the flyer with more details:

 

For additional information please visit the Cape Farewell Foundation.

Marfa Dialogues, Maya Lin, and Me: How Artists and Advocates Can Protect the Environment

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NRDC President Frances Beinecke writes about her conversation with Maya Lin — taking place tonight at TK — on the NRDC Switchboard blog:

Marfa Dialogues, Maya Lin, and Me: How Artists and Advocates Can Protect the Environment

I spend my days calling on lawmakers, community leaders, and concerned citizens to address the threat of climate change. Many of… Read More >

Arshake on IMC Lab + Gallery’s “Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data”

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Italian tech publication Arshake reviews MD/NY partner IMC Lab + Gallery’s ongoing exhibition Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data:

Climate and climate change-related data lend themselves to becoming creative material for artists who process and visualize these issues through specifically designed softwares. Climate is both the subject and the object of the «Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing… Read More >

Fast Company on Tattfoo Tan’s “New Earth: Meals Ready to Eat”

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MD/NY partner Staten Island Arts’ ongoing exhibition Tattfoo Tan: New Earth MRE is profiled by Fast Company

Tan greets guests for the opening of his latest work in a khaki shirt, cargo pants, and a flint striker on his belt loop. For someone who has spent much of the past two years training himself in disaster preparedness, Tan… Read More >

State of the Planet on Superhero Clubhouse’s “Don’t Be Sad, Flying Ace!” and “Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret”

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In preparation for Superhero Clubhouse’s premiere tomorrow (in partnership with PostiveFeedback and the Earth Institute at Columbia University), be sure to read this post on the Earth Institute’s blog: State of the Planet.

An excerpt:

As research continues to show how drastically Earth’s climate is changing, it is important to find effective ways to… Read More >

Tomorrow, Don’t Miss the Carbon Tax Center’s “Panel: How Will A Carbon Tax Change Our Lives?”

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Tomorrow is the Carbon Tax Center’s “Panel: How Will A Carbon Tax Change Our Lives?” and if you’re going to be in New York, be sure to attend this important discussion.

The panelists include:

Denis Hayes: Author, organizer, activist. Chair of the Seattle-based Bullitt Foundation that advances sustainability in the Pacific NW. Former director of the U.S. Solar Energy Research… Read More >

Tomorrow Ecoartspace Presents Eve Mosher

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Tomorrow night October 30th at 7pm at the Rauschenberg Project Space, artist Eve Mosher will tell the story of her public art project titled HighWaterLine where she marked the ten feet above sea level line in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with a baseball line marker over the summer of 2007. Little did she know when she conceived of this project… Read More >

Architectural Digest Reviews Ballroom Marfa’s Quiet Earth

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Thank you to Architectural Digest for reviewing Ballroom Marfa’s Quiet Earth for its AD Daily blog.

An excerpt:

Energy and water conservation are big concerns in Marfa, Texas, a small town that sits on the sweeping plains of the Chihuahuan Desert in the western part of the state. So it seems fitting that an exhibition organized by an arts nonprofit… Read More >

Listen to podcasts presented by Mary Miss/City As Living Laboratory

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Be sure to check out these podcast episodes presented by Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory in preparation for their event tomorrow.

Although there are a number of great recordings by Mary Miss at Culture Now, here are two of the most relevant to MD/NY:

1. Discussing Broadway 1000 Steps: City as Living Laboratory, an… Read More >

SOME HISTORY: Robert Rauschenberg and Social and Environmental Activism (2 of 2)

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Click here to read the first installment of Julie Martin‘s essay looking at the roots of Robert Rauschenberg’s social and environmental activism, and those ties with the ongoing Marfa Dialogues/New York program sponsored in part by the Rauschenberg Foundation.

HIGHWAY POSTERS

E.A.T. board member Theodore Kheel had long been an advocate for public transportation, and as… Read More >

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Read Peter Fend’s Essay “This Can Happen Now”

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In anticipation of Triple Canopy’s MD/NY events tomorrow (October 26th) and November 23rd, be sure to read Peter Fend’s exciting essay “This Can Happen Now”, which was previously published by the organization in May. Fend proposes to make an island off the coast of Somalia called Socotra into a “model of ecological development—beyond petroleum, beyond nuclear, beyond industrial… Read More >

Alex Travers calls David Brooks’ Gap Ecology an “extraordinary gesture”

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An excerpt from “Bridging the Gap,” by Alex Travers in Quest Magazine

“Gap Ecology (Three Still Lives with Cherry Pickers and Palms),” Socrates Sculpture Park’s current installation by artist David Brooks, is composed of three 60-foot boom lifts filled with plants….

The artist’s extraordinary gesture was inspired by the light gaps—exposed areas formed by falling trees that allow new species… Read More >

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Images from IMC Lab + Gallery’s Exhibition Opening

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On October 12, The IMC Lab + Gallery held an opening reception for “Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data.” The exhibition is curated by Isabel Walcott Draves, and features the work of established software artists Ursula Endlicher, Ben Fry, Aaron Koblin, Nathalie Miebach, Camille Seaman, and Karolina Sobecka. These artists seek to measure the immeasurable, using data… Read More >

Watch the Live Stream of WNYC’s “Climate Change: A Roadmap for Survival”

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If you can’t join us here in Manhattan for this historic climate change summit, please join us via the above player for a live stream of Brian Lehrer’s discussion with …

- Physicist and visionary environmental scientist Amory Lovins

- Chief of Energy Finance and Planning for New York State Richard Kauffman

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FOOD & CLIMATE CHANGE: Growing a Cultural Movement

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On October 24th, the Center for NYC Affairs at the New School presents FOOD & CLIMATE CHANGE: Growing a Cultural Movement. As described by the Center for NYC Affairs:

“This forum aims to spur discussion and action among farmers, urban community leaders and innovators, designers, artists, policymakers, scholars and others who are engaged in developing effective and imaginative responses to… Read More >

New York Times on Concord Free Press’ The Rockaways

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MD/NY partner Concord Free Press’s new free book of photography is profiled in the New York Times

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the region, people wandered the Rockaways like zombies, cloaked in blankets to protect against the mid-autumn chill. Families were left traumatized by homes reduced to skeletons. For weeks, the elderly and disabled, trapped in their apartments… Read More >

Quiet Earth Opening Reception

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Images from the October 15, 2013 opening reception for Quiet Earth

Rauschenberg Project Space 455 W. 19th Street New York, New York

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm Photographer: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

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Photos from Reverend Billy and the Earthalujah Choir presented by WATERWASH

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Here are some images from the wonderful WATERWASH ABC event with Reverend Billy and the Earthalujah Choir on October 5. A big thank you to Lillian Ball for sending us these photos.

—- For more information on the event, check out WATERWASH’s profile page.

T Magazine on MD/NY and “Ballroom’s Expanding Sphere of Influence”

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From “Can Marfa Bring Its Magic to Manhattan?” in T Magazine

You don’t have to be a scientist, engineer or policy maker to weigh in on the impact of climate change. Right now, all around New York City, visual artists, architects and performers are tackling the subject as part of Marfa Dialogues/New York, a two-month series of… Read More >

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Quiet Earth’s Trevor Paglen at Frieze London

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For those of you lucky enough to be in London for Frieze this weekend, make sure to stop by Altman Siegel‘s booth to see artist Trevor Paglen’s new work: Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite. Paglen, whose work is currently part of Ballroom’s Quiet Earth exhibition in New York, is one of… Read More >

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The Carbon Tax Center presents Panel: How Will A Carbon Tax Change Our Lives?

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On November 1st, four distinguished and provocative thinker-scholar-activists –Denis Hayes, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Juliet Schor and Tim DeChristopher –will discuss ways in which a U.S. carbon tax could transform Americans’ beliefs and practices regarding consumption, energy use and the natural world, and also re-connect the environmental movement to wild nature, community and diversity.

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Doors open at 6:00pm, light refreshments will… Read More >

David Brooks Discusses “Gap Ecology” at Socrates

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by David Brooks, an artist commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park as part of Marfa Dialogues/NY

When considering a sculptural intervention to take place in NYC, that would act both as a symbolic gesture as well as a discursive device furthering a conversation around climate change, I naturally thought of the Amazon!

In the Amazonian forest, the onslaught of rainy season… Read More >

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SOME HISTORY: Robert Rauschenberg and Social and Environmental Activism (1 of 2)

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SOME HISTORY: Robert Rauschenberg and Social and Environmental Activism By Julie Martin

When Robert Rauschenberg Executive Director Christy MacLear saw some early photos of a meeting in the large space at 381 Lafayette Street,  familiarly called the Chapel, she recognized it as the same room that had held the  2012 planning session for the upcoming Marfa Dialogues/NY.  Soon after, she… Read More >

GhostFood brings Marfa Dialogues to Newark.

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Parked on the block where Gallery Aferro, with the support of the Newark Arts Council, curated several shows with local Newark artists, the GhostFood truck served art patrons and the general public over 3 days (October 11-13).

       

The GhostFood truck debuted in Philly earlier in the week.

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Quiet Earth Invite + RRF Project Space Schedule

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Next week on Tuesday October 15th from 6-8pm, Ballroom Marfa opens Quiet Earth at the RRF Project Space at 455 West 19th St.

Gallery Aferro’s GhostFood will be parked outside the opening.

Additional partner programs at the RRF Project Space at 455 West 19th St include:

Triple Canopy- Speculations (The Climate) October 26, 3pm

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Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design presents “EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer”

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Beginning October 22, the Cooper Union School of Art and the Institute for Sustainable Design present EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer, featuring work by Coleen Fitzgibbon, Ruth Hardinger, Joe Lewis, Christy Rupp, and Rebecca Smith.

Coleen Fitzgibbon is an independent film and video director/producer on various documentary and experimental shorts, studied at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, NYU’s Film Studies,… Read More >

Center for Social Inclusion: Our Climate, Our City, Our Future

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OUR CLIMATE, OUR CITY, OUR FUTURE: HURRICANE SANDY ONE YEAR LATER

Community Conversations on Environmental Justice & Rebuilding Focus: The Lower East Side

Oct. 29, 2013 6pm-8pm

University Settlement 184 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002

Community Conversations on Environmental Justice & Rebuilding Focus: Brooklyn

November 6, 2013 6pm-8pm

Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

There is… Read More >

Former Ballroom Interns Unite for Epic Maya Lin Installation

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Snapshot from the Quiet Earth installation in New York City, featuring two of our former interns working on a Maya Lin piece.

The Rockaways Release Party

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A Devastating Chronicle of the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

The Rockaways—published on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by the Concord Free Press—combines visceral photos by renowned photographer Gilles Peress (Telex Iran, Farewell to Bosnia) with the voices of residents of The Rockaways, one of the communities hit hardest by the superstorm. The CFP will distribute 3,000 copies of The Rockaways via… Read More >

CLIMATE CHANGE: A ROADMAP FOR SURVIVAL Hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer

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WNYC announces their collaboration with Marfa Dialogues/NY:

CLIMATE CHANGE: A ROADMAP FOR SURVIVAL

Hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer

Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:00 PM

THE JEROME L. GREENE PERFORMANCE SPACE 44 Charlton Street New York, NY 10014

Tickets: $15 $10 for students or nonprofit employees; use code CHANGE (please present ID day of show at box office)… Read More >

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IMC Lab + Gallery Announces “Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, New York – September 23rd 2013 – The IMC Lab + Gallery is pleased to present “Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data”, a show on the perspectives of data, climate, and art curated by Isabel Walcott Draves, Founder of LISA (Leaders in Software and Art).

This data visualization exhibit is part of the Marfa Dialogues/NY,… Read More >

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New Earth MRE Installation and Invite

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Tattfoo Tan checks in with an image from his New Earth MRE installation at Staten Island Arts. Follow @tattfoo for updates on this project, expired food restaurants, egg counts and the advantages of an insect-based diet.

 

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MD/NY in the Washington Spectator

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The new issue of The Washington Spectator, with an introduction to MD/NY from Marfa Dialogues co-founder Hamilton Fish of the Public Concern Foundation, which publishes The Spectator

This special issue of The Washington Spectator coincides with the launch of the Marfa Dialogues/New York project—a citywide public conversation on climate change scheduled for this October and November in New York…. Read More >

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Ballroom Marfa Announces Quiet Earth

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Robert Rauschenberg Summer Knight Glut, 1987 Assembled metal parts, 67 1/2 x 96 x 9 inches (171.5 x 243.8 x 22.9 cm) Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Photo by Dorothy Zeidman

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Ballroom Marfa Presents: Quiet Earth Curated by Fairfax Dorn 15 October 2013 – 30 November 2013 Part of… Read More >

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Edible Geography on GhostFood

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The Edible Geography blog talks with artists Miriam Simun and Miriam Songster about their GhostFood project.

From a street-parked GhostFood truck, Simun and Songster and their team of trained staff will be serving a menu of three items, each of which conjures up a future dining experience for a food whose supply is currently threatened… Read More >

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Mary Miss’ Connect the Dots and Colorado Flooding

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Subhankar Banerjee of ClimateStoryTellers.org writes for the Huffington Post about MD/NY partner Mary Miss’ 2007 Connect the Dots project in Boulder in light of Colorado’s recent floods …

Six years ago, on September 14, I had walked along the Boulder Creek, following the blue discs in artist… Read More >

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Driving Without a License: Indian Point at the Crossroads

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Finally, a lively and informative evening on exposure to radiation, the third rail of the energy debate. Reception and dinner on October 4 in Suffern, New York (Rockland County). Alec Baldwin to host.  Order your tickets today at tickets@radiation.org

 

 

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“The best thing that happened to my career”: Vadis Turner on Materials for the Arts

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A profile of Vadis Turner, artist in residence at MD/NY program partner Materials for the Arts. Read more about MFTA and their MD/NY schedule of events on their profile page, or click here for the official press release.

From Materials for the Arts:

It’s a week before her exhibition opening in the MFTA gallery,… Read More >

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ecoartspace presents Eve Mosher’s HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE

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ecoartspace presents Eve Mosher’s HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE, the first in a series of ten art and ecology learning guides presenting replicable social practice public art projects.

In 2007, Mosher spent the summer marking the ten feet above sea level line throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn to make visible for residents living along the coastline what scientists had been projecting as an increase in… Read More >

The International Research Institute for Climate & Society on Chilean Drought

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An essay and slideshow in The Huffington Post  from Francesco Fiondella – Senior Communications Officer with MD/NY partner The International Research Institute for Climate and Society — about the IRI’s research in Chile:

The Elqui River basin in Chile’s Coquimbo region is one of the driest places on Earth. It receives only… Read More >

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Marfa Dialogues/NY Releases Two-Month Schedule of Events Examining Climate Change Through Art, Activism and Science

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 26, 2013

CONTACT Nick Sifuentes, 310-866-1692, nick@berlinrosen.com

Marfa Dialogues/NY Releases Two-Month Schedule of Events Examining Climate Change Through Art, Activism and Science

More Than 30 Leading Cultural, Academic and Advocacy Organizations Involved in Interdisciplinary Project to “Spark a Citywide Conversation about Climate Change”

New York, NY – The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the… Read More >

The Quiet Earth

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A trailer for the 1985 film that inspired the Ballroom Marfa-curated exhibition of the same name. More on the exhibition here. Quiet Earth opens at the Rauschenberg Project space on October 15, 2013.

Nora York – “Water Water Everywhere”

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In June 2013 the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation invited me (with @JoesPub at The Public) to present a concert as part of the Marfa Dialogues/NY on Climate Change. #MDNY Their invitation provided me an opportunity to start exploring the vast subject of water; I chose Handel’s Water Music Suite as my foundation. Here is the… Read More >

Nora York’s “Love Crazy”

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Last year Hurricane Sandy hit where I live and work — New York City — devastating the whole North East. I was struck by what was right before my eyes. Water was everywhere, there were cars floating down the streets of lower Manhattan. Water brought the largest city in the USA to its knees. When the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation invited… Read More >

A Letter from Fairfax Dorn and Hamilton Fish in the Big Bend Sentinel

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A letter to the editor from Fairfax Dorn and Hamilton Fish, from the July 25, 2013 Big Bend Sentinel:

To the many friends and supporters of the Marfa Dialogues in the high desert – We have exciting news: the Marfa Dialogues project is hitting the road and will be opening this fall in New York City with a series… Read More >

THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2013 BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE SEMI-FINALISTS

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contact: Sharifah Taqi tel: 718 290 9283 email: challenge@bfi.org challenge.bfi.org

 THE BUCKMINSTER FULLER INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES

2013 BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE

SEMI FINALISTS

 

August 20, 2013, New York City - The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is proud to announce the Semi-Finalists for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

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MD/NY: Making Plans

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A few images from Ballroom’s recent trip to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York, where the next installment of Marfa Dialogues is taking shape. #MDNY

 

 

 

Michael Pollan at Marfa Dialogues 2012

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Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, is now available for purchase, and the self-described “nature writer who writes about this particular part of nature that we don’t think of as nature” is popping up all over the place, from The Colbert ReportRead More >