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October 19, 2019

Elizabeth Damon

Water Rules Life, 2012, short film, 4' 42''

The Living Water Garden, 1995, documentary, 24' 20''

Betsy Damon: Keepers of the Waters, vid, 59' 34'',

2011 - University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

Betsy Damon is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been called a practical visionary and a humanist. Her work has been widely reviewed, exhibited, and taught. She’s known for her performance works The 7,000-Year-Old Woman (1976) and The Living Water Garden (1998) in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. She has directed many collaborative public performance events, most notably in Chengdu and Lhasa, China. Damon’s awards include the Bush Foundation, Heinz Foundation, NEA, UN-Habitat, Waterfront Center Top Honor, 5 awards from the ASLA, and others.

For the past four decades, Damon’s work has focused on a central subject: water, which she reveals as the connective, creative, and collaborative medium behind all life. Damon promotes public consciousness of Living Water and invites us to place water itself as the foundation of all planning and design. In its search for truth, her work traverses the complexities of water—from a molecular scale to the levels of ecosystems and societies. Betsy’s work has been archived by the Asia Art Archive in America and is available at aaa.org.hkty. 

 

Keepers of the Waters

 

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October 18, 2019

Lillian Ball

Sanctuary, 2019, documentary, 55'

Lillian Ball is an ecological artist and pro-activist working on wetland issues with a multidisciplinary background in anthropology, ethnographic film, and sculpture. She has exhibited and lectured internationally: Kathmandu’s Taragaon Museum; Seville Bienniale, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid. Awards include New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowships; Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; and an NEA Grant. Ongoing WATERWASH® public project series combines stormwater remediation, wetland habitat restoration, and land preservation via educational outreach. Completed projects were accomplished with public funding through non-profit groups along the Bronx River and Mattituck Inlet.

Recent work in Lumbini, Nepal approaches a crane sanctuary endangered by development at the World Heritage site of Buddha’s birthplace with these same locally based concepts. Ball’s documentary, “Sanctuary”, depicts an inspiring effort led by Venerable Metteyya to preserve native flora and fauna in Lumbini, protecting the Sarus cranes that have been there since Buddha’s time. Creative work with stakeholders on conservation initiatives benefits wildlife, the affected community and visitors alike. 

Lillian Ball Studio

Waterwash® projects Lillian Ball.com SanctuaryLumbini

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October 17, 2019

Aviva Rahmani

Garden Walk, 2010, vid, 1' 36''

Earth Time, 2010 - 2013, experimental film, 17' 01''

Blue Sea Lavender, 2009, experimental film, 12' 54''

„I regard wetlands restoration as art and have created art that has emerged from that work. These works were inspired by Ghost Nets, a project which devoted 10 years of my life to restoring a former coastal dumpsite to flourishing wetlands on a then remote fishing island. I bought the site, lived there and recorded all the minute changes in microclimates and habitats, certified its restoration with scientific monitoring and subsequently wrote my Ph.D. (“Trigger point theory as aesthetic activism”) from Plymouth University, the UK on the theoretical results of my research.
The Anthropocene era has unleashed an environmental Pandora’s Box of problems. As an ecological artist, I designed a trigger point theory as a conceptual model for aesthetic activism to survive the worst aspects of the Anthropocene era. At the heart of the model is a simple meditation: stay wait look listen. The intention of the model was to effect triage in degraded systems.“

Blued Trees  Blade of Grass GulfToGulf

Blue Sea Lavender
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Blue sea lavender on echoes of the island

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Blue sea lavender at vhlt

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October 16, 2019

Dorotea Radusic

Flow (Tok), 2018, experimental film, 6' 01''

"Flow is composed of satellite shots of the Neretva Delta in Google Maps program. Through the collage that emerges as a result of a process, we can observe the collaboration of nature and a human. Meanders connect and separate at the same time. The flow of the river is never the same. Water and soil mix thus creating new scenery. Observed from the air, the Neretva Delta fields resemble abstract paintings, seized moments of the process. Can we anticipate a perspective that we’ve never seen before?"

Flow is a film awarded by the permanent exhibition NATURA HEREDITAS at the Natural History Museum. As Dorotea's field of interest are the New media aspects, in the context of nature exposure and its vibrancy (through music, jazz jams, for she also plays cello) an experimental film is a form of this experienced reality.

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Ball, Lillian. Damon, Elisabeth. Radušić, Dorotea. Rahmani, Aviva. FILMS. EMERALD; BLUE SILVER AND GOLD. PROJECTS. POWERPROGRESSIVEART. 2019.

URL: https://powerprogressiveart.wixsite.com/powerprogressiveart/emeraldbluesilver-goldfilms (document access date)

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