Archive for the ‘Green Art’ Category

Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), in collaboration with Golden Hornet Project, will be performing his Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antartica tonight at UT’s Hogg Auditorium. It is a multi-media piece created in Antartica from portable studios set up in the field to

capture the acoustic qualities of Antarctic ice forms, reflect a changing and even vanishing environment under duress. Coupled with historic, scientific, and geographical visual material, Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica is a seventy minute performance, creating a unique and powerful moment around man’s relationship with nature.

Sinfonia Antarctica will be an acoustic portrait of a rapidly transforming continent made of ice and condensation. In many ways, because there is little rain, the interior of the continent is technically one of the largest deserts in the world. What Sinfonia Antarctica proposes to do is explore the realm of fiction and ideas that underlie almost all perceptions of Antarctica – from the interior desert plains, to the Transantarctic Mountains that divide the continent, the Suite will take samples of the different conditions, and transform them into multi-media portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass. (quoted from his website)

Earlier this week, DJ Spooky spoke and gave a visual presentation at North Branch Public Library with UT Assistant Professor Ginny Catania who has done field work in Antartica (see Events page) about the continents’ changing climate patterns.


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As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about the phrase “art in public places.” In the High Line’s case, it would be “nature in public places.” I’ve always found the transected ecosystems that happen in areas of high human population to be very interesting– neighborhood yards separated by concrete sidewalks & tarred streets, patio gardens in an apartment hi-rise, trees that line downtown avenues. I’ve wondered about these green islands and about the creatures that populate them. I’ve marveled at the complexity of some green spaces in such small areas & can’t imagine living without getting to see a tree outside my own window change with the seasons.

The High Line is a contiguous green space built on an old elevated train platform in Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. The design is truly beautiful and the really great thing is that it runs contiguously for a mile & a half. I think of all the people in the offices & apartments above who now have this to look out on everyday. A tree planted is a tree shared.

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