Conversations on Survival from the Hinge of the Earth (23.5º)
04.25.2018, 11:26 am
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Tea ceremony staged while in residency at the Kugel-Gips house (Wellfleet, MA) and aligned to 23.5º (Earth’s axial tilt) on the occasion of the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (March 20, 002018, approx. 12:12 EST in Wellfleet, MA, while at an eastward Earth spin of 772 mph). *special thanks to Cape Cod Modern House Trust

This Saturday, April 28th, we’ll be participating in a group discussion, Being Alone, Sharing: Conversations on Survival at the Leubsdorf Gallery at Hunter College. The day- long event is being convened to celebrate the work of Chilean artist Juan Downey and the current exhibition on view at Leubsdorf, The School of Survival: Learning with Juan Downey, curated by Javier Rivero Ramos and Sarah Watson (through May 6, 2018).

“Downey sought to redefine architecture as the wielding of invisible forces—physical, social, and psychic. In his assignments, he likewise challenged his students to reconsider their potential as producers of social change through the transformation of space. Created in a historical moment of economic decline, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the energy crisis, and environmental degradation, these works are a call to action that continue to resonate with a sense of immediacy. … This archival material further shows that Downey was driven by the ambition to push art and architecture beyond their historical fixation on the visible and tangible. He urged his students to rethink the possibilities of these practices and to envision how they could become vehicles for societal change. Read in the context of this pedagogical philosophy, Downey’s artwork reveals itself as similarly instructive: he recasts the role of the artist from a maker of objects to a designer of futures.” – exhibition announcement

We’ll be in conversation with Tattfoo Tan, moderated by Dylan Gauthier, from 2:45-3:45pm. During our hour together, we will share updates on our ongoing project: East is a Circle project (What does it take for two artists|humans to continuously sense and attune to the spin of their Planet? What creative, spiritual, philosophical and material consequences might result from living this awareness?).

And we’ll also be sharing updates on a related project we’ll begin next month, Turning into the Night. It will continue our research into daily life practices that invite us to rethink our concepts of ourselves as artists living the Anthropocene. We will be exploring what happens when we attempt to hold the thought of, pay close attention to, and track Earth-magnitude change on a local, daily life scale.


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