Mon, 22 November 2010
Since 2001, greenmuseum.org has been helping people create, present and appreciate art that heals our relationship with the natural world. This online museum offers a wealth of information about artists who are doing exciting and innovative work that directly speaks to the environmental issues of our time. In this podcast, Arts & Healing Network Director Mary Daniel Hobson interviews Sam & Anne, core team members of greenmuseum.org about the environmental art movement, giftivism, generosity and advice for artists wanting to engage the natural world. Recently, greenmuseum.org has begun pioneering a new approach to sustainability as an organization by adopting a gift economy model, and so their entire organization is now run by volunteers.
Direct download: Green_Museum_Giftivism_and_Generosity__Interview_with_Sam_Bower_and_Anne_Veh.mp3
Category:environmental -- posted at: 12:53pm PDT
Tue, 22 June 2010
For over ten years, artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting trash together on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, and turning it into playful and powerful works of art that raise awareness about ocean pollution. The plastic they collect has become everything from sculptural wall art to digital prints, a wedding dress, jewelry, a mobile car sculpture, and more. Ultimately, their work combines fun and passionate obsession with a thoughtful message about ocean pollution, recycling and creative re-use.
In June 2010, the Arts and Healing Network's Director, Mary Daniel Hobson, interviewed them at their home and studio in Forest Knolls, CA about art, passion, collaboration, collecting, the importance of place, and the tragedy of plastic polluting our oceans. Judith and Richard were also one of the 2009 recipients of the AHN Award.
If you are interested in learning more about the problem of plastic pollution and how to be part of the solution, Judith and Richard offer the following resources:
- Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish shares helpful tips for living plastic free.
- Dr. Hideshige Takada of International Pellet Watch is tracking nurdles, and could use your help with his research.
- Plastic Pollution Coalition is an organization committed to stopping plastic pollution.
- Project Kaisai is a nonprofit seeking to understand the scale of marine pollution.
Direct download: Judith_Selby_Lang_and_Richard_Lang__Transforming_Plastic_Trash_Into_Art.mp3
Category:environmental -- posted at: 5:44pm PDT
Sat, 6 September 2008
Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World.
You can find out more about Wendy, her book and where she'll be speaking next at www.gardeningatthedragonsgate.com
Direct download: Gardening_at_the_Dragons_Gate__An_Interview_with_Wendy_Johnson.mp3
Category:environmental -- posted at: 11:10pm PDT
Sun, 20 July 2008
Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani’s current work reflects her interest in the application of mapping analysis to, "explore potential solutions for urban and rural water degradation in large landscapes."
She is currently using the Internet to perform residencies, "without the international travel that spews jet fuel over the earth's waters." Virtual Cities and Oceans of If, and the on-going Virtual Concerts address global warming and geo-political conflicts by demonstrating, analyzing and interpreting the local impact of global warming at international real world sites.
You can learn more about Rahmani's work at www.ghostnets.com.
Direct download: Ecological_Art_and_Activism__An_Interview_with_Aviva_Rahmani_1.mp3
Category:environmental -- posted at: 9:54pm PDT
Thu, 10 January 2008
Susan Leibovitz Steinman salvages materials directly from community waste streams to construct public art installations that connect common daily experiences to broader social issues. Projects include conceptual sculpture gardens that meld art, ecology and community action.
She also co-founded the Women Environmental Artists Directory.
You can learn more about Susan's work on her web site, steinmanstudio.com
Direct download: Making_Environmental_and_Public_Art__An_Interview_with_Susan_Leibovitz_Steinman.mp3
Category:environmental -- posted at: 12:08pm PDT