I had the pleasure of visiting the Collaborative Art Practices class at Kansas City Art Institute this week. I gave feedback on the 3rd of the classes projects. Project 1 was Person, Project 2 was place, Project 3 was thing.
As a member of the Society for a Re-Natural Environment, it was my honor and privilege to assist The Society's Founder and President, B. D. Collier with a habitat acquisition. We successfully acquired re-natural habitat 0007102708KCMO, a hill near the new performing arts complex in Downtown Kansas City, MO. Wyandott and 16th streets at 11:00p 10.27.2008.
I have contracted Kimberly Interiors to make my apartment into an installation Sculpture. Kimberly Kwee will be completing the installation in late November. We will have an opening near Thanksgiving. The installation will have open hours (to be determined) for 2 weeks following the opening of the installation.
This year was the 3rd Home Movie Day in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Having been a part of the U-C community for the past 3 years, I have volunteered or participated in Home Movie Day in the past.
Home Movie Day is an opportunity for the general public to view their 16mm, 8mm and Super8 film as well as a time when they can get advice on how to safeguard these valuable pieces of history. Film preservation experts and archivists are on hand to inspect the films and offer suggestions for care so that these personal memories will be viewable for a very long time. They also offer information about locations to transfer the film to digital or video copies. Patrons have opportunities to donate their films to community archives - enriching the ephemera collection and helping to create a database of image and information about what "life was like".
Every year, it is a joy to watch other people's birthdays and Christmas celebrations from the past 100 years. I've often found myself crying over other people's memories. I once saw an elderly couple crying and holding each other as their movies played. It was truly special for them to view their memories again and I felt honored to be allowed to be witness to that part of their history as well.
This year marked the first time that a Kids event was held in conjunction with Home Movie Day in U-C. The organizers of Home Movie Day in U-C invited me to teach children how to draw directly onto 16mm clear film stock and to help the children create their own animations. It was so much fun helping the kids to understand the way that multiple single images become apparent motion when they are projected.
Every hour, we projected the animations that had been completed so far. The children loved watching their work projected and applauded themselves and one another at the end of each reel. The finished reel of all of the children's animations was donated to the Champaign County Archives.
I prepared vegan red beans and rice for anyone who wished to share a meal with me.
We hosted the event in the Visual Arts Studio. In all, about 20 people chose to share the meal and good conversation about eating, sharing food and the role of participatory activities in art practice.
Here is the recipe:
1 T margarine
1 green pepper
2 C celery
4 cloves garlic
2 C vegetable stock
45 oz soaked kidney or red beans
4 C water
1 t of each: oregano, thyme, black pepper, paprika
1/2 t cayenne
1 bay leaf
Artist Kimberly Kwee was visiting me for the weekend and did a performance concurrent with the meal. She offered foot washing to anyone who would enjoy allowing her to cleanse their feet.
The meal was served on my personal china and daily use plates and bowls. Guests were told the story of my dishes. One set was given to me by my mother and had been her first set of china when she moved out on her own. The other I have collected over many years. My daily use dishes were purchased recently from IKEA.
When anyone had completed their meal the dishes were washed to provide clean plates and utensils for the next participant.
No food was wasted in the process, the remaining food was eaten at my home by myself and 2 guests who were visiting for the weekend.
Dana Turkovic, curated an exhibition at the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery on Webster campus that rotated digital video from the media archives. The gallery space was made into a learning center where access to rarely viewed video was available to patrons. I invited students to watch videos with me and discuss.
We watched videos by William Kentridge and Matthew Barney and had delightful conversations about the translation of drawing into video that is not expressly animation and the visual appeal of the absurd and vulgar.
We also swapped favorite film titles and discussed our favorite film makers who were not on exhibition.
I have an MFA in studio art and will complete my Master of Urban Planning degree in 2016. In 2015, I conducted research into waste management in Mumbai, India through a joint workshop hosted by C-USE at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and presented findings at the Amsterdam-Mumbai Symposium on Sustainable Urban Development: Practices, Problems and Prospects, and I worked in Sastamala, Finland on rural development projects through the EU Leader program. I am currently a student researcher on a collaborative irrigation project in Ecuador and I am an intern for the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment in Champaign, IL. I plan to continue my multiple roles as artist, educator and planning and development researcher into the future.