Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts
FALL 2015 â€˘ Program Guide
Downtown Block Party
Directory of Venues
Introduction Welcome to the new project organized by 516 ARTS! HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts is a collaborative season of public programming that offers an array of ways to learn and engage in dialogue about climate change, how it will effect our day to day lives and what it means for the future of our world. Climate change is an urgent issue of both global and local concern. According to the most recent National Climate Assessment, the Southwest can be considered one of the most “climate-challenged” regions of North America, with rising annual temperature averages, declining water supplies, and reduced agricultural yields. In New Mexico we’ve already seen destabilized and unpredictable weather patterns, water sources going dry, forests not recovering from fire, loss of urban trees and crop failures. Public programs for HABITAT strive to raise awareness about these issues by taking an innovative approach to engaging with social and environmental change, and by bringing the community together to focus on sustainability. Among the plethora of writing about climate change that has come across my path recently, I read this: “Climate is so unfathomably large and diffuse, and our actions — individually, even as countries — so local and parochial
in comparison. It’s difficult to live with that gap. People naturally need some sort of entrée, some way in, some angle that reduces the brain-frying complexity and ambiguity to manageable proportions.”1 There are an increasing number of articles that identify the arts as a vital and necessary way to address what is on so many of our minds around the world. And if it’s not on some people’s minds, it should be. Artists provide us a way to engage and nurture a cultural shift. 516 ARTS has joined forces with a group of forward-thinking artists, scholars, organizations, sponsors and funders to put climate change at the forefront. I look forward to a rich season of thought-provoking dialogue about what this global crisis means to our community. Addressing the challenges before us all will take a wealth of creativity and collaboration, for which the arts provide a fertile platform. Thank you to all the artists, presenters, participants and supporters who are joining together with us to further understanding about climate change and inspire positive action in our lives. — Suzanne Sbarge Executive Director, 516 ARTS
“For some, perhaps, art may be a hammer with which to shape reality, for others it’s a window opening on a world seen in a compellingly new way. But it can also be a feather that tickles you through a difficult idea to a new understanding and frame of mind. Whichever works for you, climate action abhors a cultural vacuum. We need more.” — Andrew Simms from “Why Climate Action Needs the Arts,” The Guardian, 6/3/15
Cover: Jerry Gretzinger, E.vii from Jerry’s Map, 2015, mixed media, dimensions variable • Left: Cedra Wood, Lemmings, 2014, graphite on paper, 17 x 13 inches 1 David Roberts, from “Jonathan Franzen is confused about climate change, but then, lots of people are,” www.grist.org, 4/2/15
OFF THE CHARTS Exhibition DATES: August 29 – October 31, 2015 exhibition Opening: Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm Live music by Selsun Blue 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 www.516arts.org open Tue – Sat, 12-5pm Free
Processing our place in the world
In the downstairs gallery, Off the Charts examines the visual language artists use to document, process, map and manipulate a better understanding of the ever-evolving world we inhabit. Not only do we render territorial borders imposed on geography, or the network of nerves and arterial highways in the living body, we have devised ways of depicting the most elusive phenomena and abstract concepts, such as time or human consciousness. With the help of increasingly sophisticated instruments to aid our imagination, we can now see and describe a myriad of processes once thought invisible or incomprehensible, revealing worlds we never knew existed. This desire for organization of thoughts, places and events reveal countless layers of meaning through the often-interconnected fabric of social, political, economic and environmental causation.
Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet Anne Gilman Jerry Gretzinger Mary Iverson Bethany Johnson Jane Lackey Mitchell Marti Nathalie Miebach James Sterling Pitt Ross Racine Matthew Rangell Alexander Webb Curated by Rhiannon Mercer & Claude Smith
“Much that we cannot imagine living without has been with us for a handful of generations, often less — the supermarket cornucopias, the wondrous machines — but there are certain elements within our experience that seem to be as old as being human. Making images and telling stories are among them. ” — Dougald Hine from “The Shield of Perseus: Writing in the face of climate change”, freewordcentre.com, 2/4/15
Mary Iverson, (detail), Shipbreaking, Mount Rainier, 2013, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches • Mitchell Marti, Full Empty, 2012, lithograph, 29 x 22 inches
KNEW NORMAL Exhibition DATES: August 29 – October 31, 2015 exhibition Opening: Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 www.516arts.org open Tue – Sat, 12-5pm Free
Artists bear witness
In the upstairs gallery, Knew Normal presents a selection of recent works from established and emerging contemporary artists who use paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and wearable art to bear witness to the moments when environments, including the body, become more difficult or awkward to inhabit for reasons generally attributed to climate change. The artists in Knew Normal depict universally familiar themes of loss and uncertainty, tempered with unmistakable empathy and, at times, hope and humor. Each artwork in the exhibition tells a story about how our physical and psychological environments are shaped by current climates, whether social, political or environmental. Several of the artists also look to the future, as characters of the existing universe are drastically altered or disappear altogether. Knew Normal recognizes the age old tradition (or compulsion) of art making as a strategy for understanding complex circumstances and emotions. As we come to terms with our “new normal,” and as we brace for the near and distant future, what will we learn from what once was and how might we affect what will be?
Gala Bent Magda Biernat Nick Brown Mel Chin Adriane Colburn Naomi Kizhner Lee Lee Wendy Mason Nina Montenegro Ryan Pierce Liliana Porter Dario Robleto Miriam Simun Cedra Wood Curated by Nancy Zastudil
“In the end, the only thing that could create the necessary traction in our minds was the intimate loss of the things we loved...I found my mind finally beginning to turn from the elegiac what have we done to the practical what can we do?” — Zadie Smith, from “Elegy for a Country’s Seasons“, The New York Review of Books, 4/3/14 Gala Bent, Ship for Fools (detail), gouache & graphite on paper, 30 x 22 inches • Liliana Porter, Black Drips, 2015, acrylic & figurine on wood, 6.25 x 2.75 x 1.25 inches
Warm and fuzzy
Control Room / Regeneration
In the Project Room
Knew Normal satellite exhibition
Warm and Fuzzy by Mark Lee Koven is an installation of responsive objects that integrate scientific data with art. Working with climatologists, meteorologists and sociologists, scientific data relating to climate and our beliefs and predictions are made physical and reactive to viewers. These 3-D printed objects, along with the space they occupy, are designed for reaction and interaction in order for visitors to have a deeper connection with data beyond the visual that includes the haptic, the aural and the olfactory senses.
Control Room is a selection of photographs by Abbey Hepner taken in Waynesboro, Georgia. The same year the nuclear meltdown occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, the U.S. government granted Southern Company an $8.33 billion dollar loan to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. These are the first nuclear energy reactors to be built in the U.S. in over 30 years. The United States has not built new nuclear plants since the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in 1979. Interested in the city of Waynesboro, Hepner set out to discover what components existed to make it the site of the nuclear renaissance.
Exhibition DATES: August 29 – October 31, 2015 exhibition Opening: Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 www.516arts.org open Tue – Sat, 12-5pm Free
Regeneration catalogs two years of artist Nina Montenegro’s work across Western American landscapes. Included is her ongoing series Pioneers, through which she considers the possibilities for regeneration in disturbed landscapes, making cyanotype portraits of plants that first colonize bare ground. Also included are wax tree rubbings that illuminate the inseparability of humans and the natural world, and map weavings that draw attention to the illusory boundaries humans construct on the land. Infused with a poetic sensitivity, the collection of works is at once critical and redemptive.
Exhibition DATES: August 29 – October 3, 2015 exhibition Opening: Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm
Central Features 109 5th St. SW, Albuquerque 505-243-3389 www.centralfeatures.com open Tue, Fri & Sat, 11am-6pm Free
Artist Talk: Abbey Hepner Friday, September 11, 6pm Mark Lee Koven, 3-D data print (detail) • Abbey Hepner, Towers, 2015 archival pigment print, 15 x 20 inches
BEWILDERNESS / RISE
Spotlight on two of Albuquerque’s virtuoso painters
516 ARTS spotlights two of Albuquerque’s most prolific painters with concurrent solo exhibitions exploring contemporary changes in the landscape while referencing the rich history of classical and 19th century American Landscape painting.
Scott Greene Beau Carey
Scott Greene says, “Bewilderness exists beyond imagination, myth and reality. It is located somewhere between Arcadia and dystopia, and where the past and present collide. It is a state of mind in which contradiction is essential and even celebrated. Awe-inspiring natural beauty revealed to be a construct, it is a refuge with no shelter, a place of spiritual certainty, utter confusion and blissful ignorance. My work explores the balance between the natural environment and artificial constructs, and questions that the two are mutually exclusive.” Beau Carey says about his exhibition Rise: “By using references to navigational coastal profiling and by borrowing and subverting compositional structures of the 19th century American landscape painters, I examine how modern landscapes came to be spatially constructed. Through my work I explore this spatial language, at times allowing individual works to teeter into abstraction. The works in Rise look specifically at how we will navigate and view a rapidly changing physical world.” At the Artists’ Talk on December 3, 6pm, poet Melisa Garcia will present a reading of ekphrastic responses to the artists’ work. Ekphrastic poetry vividly describes a work of art, through the imaginative act of narration or reflection, allowing the poet to amplify or expand its meaning. Scott Greene, La Bajada Bluff (detail), 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 50 inches, courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery Beau Carey, Fata Morgana (detail), 2012, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Exhibition DATES: November 21, 2015 – January 9, 2016 exhibition Opening: Saturday, November 21, 6-8pm Artists’ Talk: Thursday, December 3, 6pm 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 www.516arts.org open Tue – Sat, 12-5pm Free
Invisibility, Uncertainty, Art and Landscape SYMPOSIUM: Thursday, September 10, 1-4pm ABQ UNM CityLab 505 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-277-4120 www.saap.unm.edu Free
Artists and designers address the invisible
UNM Landscape Architecture and Art & Ecology invite the public to a mini-symposium to explore the methods environmentally-minded artists and designers use to address the challenge of making the invisible visible, and working with uncertainties in a complex and changing world. In addition to presentations by practitioners, short interactive experiences will give attendees a taste of the interdisciplinary working processes of Art & Ecology and Landscape Architecture.
John Barney Theresa Cardenas Catherine Harris Ryan Henel Mark Lee Koven Andrea Polli George Radnovich Alfred Simon
While the climate change debate is becoming more visible, the phenomenon itself is still largely invisible, and while there is certainty about human induced climate change, there is uncertainty about the degree and timing of its effects. Invisibility, Uncertainty, Art and Landscape features accomplished speakers from the perspectives of planning, art, design, architecture, poetry and ecology. The conclusion of the symposium is the HABITAT keynote lecture by Mel Chin titled The Potential Project at 5:30pm in UNM’s Keller Hall (See page 11). Chin is a nationally recognized artist whose prolific body of analytical and poetic work investigates how art can provoke greater social and environmental awareness and responsibility.
Organized by Alfred Simon, Catherine Harris, Andrea Polli & JoDee Chavez
“As an issue, climate change is perfect for symbolic battle, because it is as yet mostly invisible. Carbon dioxide, its main cause, is not emitted in billowing black clouds, like other pollutants; nor is it caustic, smelly, or poisonous. A side effect of modernity, it has for now a tiny practical impact on most people’s lives.” — Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, 9/14 Image by Alfred Simon
MEL CHIN: The Potential Project KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Thursday, September 10, 5:30pm Keller Hall, Center for the Arts UNM Main Campus, Albuquerque Info: 505-242-1445 • www.516arts.org Free
ROUNDTABLE: Friday, September 11, 2pm 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 • www.516arts.org Free RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
A working economic model in response to climate change 516 ARTS, in partnership with UNM College of Fine Arts, presents The Potential Project, a talk by special guest artist Mel Chin, which introduces a response to climate change through a model of sustainable economic freedom coming from a people without national status. Chin states, “For forty years Saharawi nomads have lived in refugee camps in their native land under Moroccan occupation, and in Algeria, awaiting a vote for self-determination. Forty years ago, Wallace S. Broecker first postulated ‘global warming’ due to human impact. Now this has become an internationally accepted reality. Devastating storms, decreasing polar ice and rising waters now threaten the world in an unprecedented way. A planned response to both scenarios emerged, after my visit to the Western Saharan refugee camps in 2011, as The Potential Project. The project envisions a Bank of the Sun that could provide the rest of the world with a working economic model as a response to climate change and by extension, a means to amplify the voice of a group of people silenced by isolation and desperation. The Potential Project envisions the first currency of the Saharawi people, utilizing their artistic expressions to guide its design, and to have its value backed by the power of the sun.” The following day after the talk at UNM’s Keller Hall, the public is invited to 516 ARTS to join in a conversation with Mel Chin about art that addresses climate change issues and delve further into The Potential Project.
Mel Chin was born in Houston, Texas in 1951. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. He is known for the broad range of approaches in his art, including works that require multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork and works that conjoin cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Chin also insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Chin also promotes “works of art” that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science. His projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology. Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/ Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others. Left: Mel Chin, Bank of the Sun
Downtown Block Party
Art, Food and Fun for the whole family! 516 ARTS presents our third Downtown Block Party, this year in partnership with Downtown ABQ MainStreet Initiative and the Outpost Performance Space. We invite everyone to this free outdoor event featuring interactive art projects, performances, demos and education opportunities that examine issues of climate change and ways we can make a difference for the future. Topics include solar power, alternative energy, water issues, local farming and food economy. Art projects include: GhostFood, an interactive performance piece by Miriam Simun, explores eating in a future of biodiversity loss brought on by climate change. Scent-food pairings are consumed by the public using a wearable device that adapts human physiology to enable taste experiences of unavailable foods. Performers include members of Tricklock Company. Special thanks to Levitated Toy Factory. The Public Energy Art Kit (P.E.A.K.) is a compendium of 14 posters about the challenge of tackling climate change, energy inequality and fossil fuel dependency. This project is developed by a group of artists including Steve Lambert with the Post Carbon
Institute, Foundation for Deep Ecology, Grace Communications and Wallace Action Fund. Mourning Global Warming by Sarita Zaleha features a growing collection of in-progress embroideries of names of natural disasters and climate change concerns, which are sewn into patchwork flags and used at climate change events around the country. Little Sun Pop-Up Shop by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen is a social business and global project addressing the need for light in a sustainable way that benefits communities without electricity, creates local jobs, and generates local profits.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol
Miriam Simun, GhostFood • Olafur Eliasson & Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun , photo by Merklit Mersha • Racine Kreyol • Mark Lee Koven, Earth Drop from Taking One’s Temperature • Jacob Arden McLure, Energy Sprawl (detail), poster for P.E.A.K.
Saturday, September 12 4-8pm On Central Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets in front of 516 ARTS Free Info: 505-242-1445 • www.516arts.org
ART: 111 Media Collective T-Shirt Lab ABQ UNM CityLab Ethan Bach, J. Craig Tompkins & Charles Veasey Olafur Eliasson & Frederik Ottesen Explora Abbey Hepner Jeanette Hart-Mann & Chrissie Orr Jacobo Hernandez & Bosque School Mark Lee Koven Steve Lambert & Collaborators The Leftovers Project led by Robert Hoberg with the Downtown Growers’ Market and Food Karma, teaches about the waste of excess food by offering local, healthy and delicious tastings created by local chefs from the leftover produce from the morning’s Downtown Growers’ Market. The Future of Energy, by Andrea Polli with The Social Media Workgroup students from UNM Art & Ecology program, engages the public with local energy issues using an app to find and create potential energy, and to see what they are gathering or generating in real time on visualization tools. Taking One’s Temperature by Mark Lee Koven is an interactive installation that integrates scientific data, technology and art. Using playful activities and altered environmental conditions through experiential aural and visual content, participants discover how our personal memories play a role in how we perceive environmental influences, current perceptions and beliefs. For descriptions of all of the featured projects, visit www.516arts.org. Stop by the tents to learn more about Positive Energy Solar, STEMarts and THE PASEO, Juntos, Sierra Club, Zagster/CyQloVîA, and Mid-Region Council of Governments. Visit 516 ARTS to see the exhibitions and check out the climate change pop-up book shop from Bookworks.
Andrea Polli & The Social Media Workgroup Miriam Simun Sarita Zaleha
MUSIC: Racine Kreyol Jade Masque DJ Gabriel Jaureguiberry
FOOD: Fresco New Mexico Robert Hoberg & Food Karma Pop Fizz Street Food Institute
FILM: Friday, September 18, 8pm
FESTIVAL: Sunday, September 20, 10am-3pm
516 ARTS and Downtown ABQ MainStreet Initiative present a large outdoor screening of the spectacular film Chasing Ice. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog deployed revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. It received the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. It has screened in more than 172 countries and on all seven continents. 2012, 75 minutes.
Join the second annual ABQ CiQlovía (pronounced “see-clo-vee-a”), the Albuquerque version of the global phenomenon known as ciclovía or “open streets.” The word refers to events where city streets are closed to cars and opened up to people on foot and on bike to help provide better air quality, raise awareness about global climate change, and to explore and practice active transportation modes. Personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming and contribute to poor air quality and emissions. ABQ CiQlovía is a fun, safe opportunity to ditch the car, clear the air for a day, create awareness around climate change, including the benefits of active transportation, and reimagine our largest public space – streets! This year ABQ CiQlovía is partnering with the DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative’s Placemaking effort and 24 Hours of Art to include local arts, music, outdoor exercise classes, dancing, shopping, demonstration projects, educational booths and live music. Artists include Ryan Henel, Chad Person, Pop-Up Collective, and You Are on TV Collective. Arrive on foot, bicycle, public transportation or private vehicle (carpooling highly encouraged!).
Special thanks to Civic Plaza Presents and the Albuquerque Convention Center.
LOCATION: Outdoors on Civic Plaza Between 3rd & 5th Streets and Tijeras & Marquette Downtown Albuquerque Info: 505-242-1445 • www.516arts.org Free
LOCATION: 4th Street SW connecting the Rail Yards Market to Civic Plaza Free Info: abqciqlovia.org, email@example.com
FORUM: Saturday, October 3, 2pm
TALK: Thursday, October 29, 6pm
NANCY ZASTUDIL: Economics of Environmental Art
Andrea Polli: Public Art and Activism between Climate, Culture and Informational Space
516 ARTS welcomes the guest curator of Knew Normal, Nancy Zastudil, to discuss the ways that environmental artists, collectors and supporters find each other – and what exactly is involved in collecting and supporting environmental art. More than a genre of landscape or merely including materials from nature, environmental and ecological art have grown to embody ideas and actions around preservation, sustainability, climate change, water issues, agriculture and more; and today it encompasses all artistic forms from painting to poetry to political action. Looking to Earthworks and Land Art as its historical lineage, this forum reviews how environmental art has been acquired and exhibited by museums, as well as ways contemporary artists and gallerists have found to place environmental artworks in a commercial market. Perspectives respresented include those of the gallerist, environmental artist, professor, art collector and museum curator. Nancy Zastudil is the founder of Central Features, an innovative gallery in Downtown Albuquerque promoting environmental steward-ship, social progress and the intrinsic value of creative acts. In addition to her work as a curator and art writer, she works for the Frederick Hammersley Foundation and The Lightning Field.
LOCATION: 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 • www.516arts.org Free
516 ARTS presents artist and technologist Andrea Polli, who will discuss her journey towards activist art related to environment and climate change. She says, “As has been seen in recent tsunami and hurricane disasters, many lives depend on the interpretation of global information. Developing a language or series of languages for communicating this mass of data must evolve, and part of that evolution must include the work of artists. How is the artistic process of transforming data different from the process of transforming physical material? Like a photograph, a data set is a representation, but unlike a photograph, this representation can be entered, explored and transformed. Artists have the opportunity to create works that have an impact through touching the emotions of the audience, which can affect environmental understanding and behavior.” Andrea Polli works at the intersection of art and science. She is a Professor in Art and Ecology with a joint appointment between Fine Arts and Engineering, the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media, and the Director of the Social Media Workgroup at the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing. She holds a PhD in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK and an MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
LOCATION: 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 • www.516arts.org Free Left: Wendy Mason, Fragrance of 2009, potato, perfume diffuser Above: Andrea Polli, Particle Falls, 2014, live interactive projection, Detroit
FILM: Thursday, October 8, 7pm
FILM: Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8, 1pm
NO IMPACT MAN
The National Hispanic Cultural Center presents Waste Land. Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (Devil’s Playground, Blindsight and Countdown to Zero) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. 2010, 99 minutes.
The Guild Cinema and 516 ARTS present a special screening of No Impact Man. What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Pradawearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile – and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.
LOCATION: National Hispanic Cultural Center Bank of America Theater 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque 505-246-2261 • www.nhccnm.org Free
The No Impact Project is an international, environmental, nonprofit project, founded in the spring of 2009. It was inspired by the No Impact Man book, film, and blog. The No Impact Project uses entertainment, education and group action to engage new people in the quest for ways of living that connect individual happiness with service to community and habitat. www.noimpact.org LOCATION: The Guild Cinema 3405 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque 505-255-1848 • www.guildcinema.com Admission: $7
TALK: Thursday, November 12, 6pm
Ruben Arvizu: Cultural Perspectives in the Global Quest for Water The National Hispanic Cultural Center and 516 ARTS present a talk by special guest Ruben Arvizu on the subject of how climate change is affecting Hispanics, connecting his work in Latin America with the Southwestern United States. Arvizu says, “We take the gifts of Nature, of which we are an integral part, without thinking about how we will repay her. It is as if we have a bank account to which we only withdraw funds but never make deposits. There will come a time when that account runs out of resources. We extract the riches of the Earth and do almost nothing to give back some of what she gives us. We just take and squander.” Ruben Arvizu, together with Jean-Michel Cousteau, was named Ambassador of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate. He is the Director for Latin America and Film Director/Writer/Producer for Ocean Futures Society; and Director for Latin America with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. This event is organized with Theresa Cardenas of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Special thanks to Juntos, a program of Conservation Voters New Mexico.
LOCATION: National Hispanic Cultural Center Wells Fargo Theater 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque 505-242-1445 • www.516arts.org Free
THEATRE: Saturday, November 14, 2pm
Tricklock company: Climate Change Theatre Action Tricklock Company is proud to team up with 516 ARTS to participate in CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION, a series of worldwide readings and performances intended to bring awareness to and discussion around climate change in November 2015. This action is in support of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP 21), taking place November 30 – December 11, 2015. This momentous international event, combined with the U.S. assuming the chair of the Arctic Council in April 2015, means that climate change will be an important conversation in the months to come. Tricklock Company will present several short, new work creations in response to Climate Change. Please join us for the performance, post-show snacks and engaged conversation.
LOCATION: Tricklock Performance Laboratory 110 Gold Ave. SW, Albuquerque 505-414-3728 • www.tricklock.com Free
“People protect what they love.” — Jacques Cousteau Photo of Tricklock Company by Shastyn Blomquist Friedman
Little Sun solar lamps available at 516 ARTS See page 12
DINNER: Thursday, December 10, 6pm
Chef James CAMPBELL Caruso: Pop-Up Dinner in the Gallery 516 ARTS and MÁS Tapas y Vino present a pop-up wine dinner exploring climate change through food, wine and art with Chef James Campbell Caruso. The meal will feature dishes and ingredients that relate to climate change, each telling a story and bringing flavors and experiences to important food issues as we look to the future. We will be joined by special guest Gary Goodman, renowned green builder, president of Goodman Realty and owner of Hotel Andaluz. The multi-course, wine-paired dinner will include dishes for vegetarians as well as carnivores for a totally unique and educational dining experience. Chef Caruso is leading a tapas revolution in New Mexico. He is the owner of two of Santa Fe’s top restaurants, La Boca and La Taberna, and the executive chef at MÁS Tapas y Vino in the historic Hotel Andaluz in Downtown Albuquerque. Caruso is an eight-time James Beard Award nominee, and is the author of two cookbooks:El Farol: Tapas and Spanish Cuisine and Espana: Exploring the Flavors of Spain. Advance reservations required.
LOCATION: 516 ARTS 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque $95 general / $85 for 516 ARTS members Reservations: 505-242-1445, firstname.lastname@example.org
STEAM Education and Climate Change in New Mexico We are pleased to be joining forces with 516 ARTS to strengthen STEAM education in New Mexico in conjunction with HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts. Nationally and internationally, the educational focus of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is evolving to recognize the importance of integrating the Arts and Design, known as STEAM. In his last State of the Union address, President Obama said “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Any educational initiative of today that claims to improve the future for our children must address the issue of climate change. While good science is crucial to responding to this challenge, art and design can play a major role in addressing our uncertain future. Art and design can deepen our understanding of the complex science of climate change and promote innovation through creativity. It can communicate powerful stories and help us collectively process our emotions. STEAM can start conversations and inspire real change, and these endeavors inspire students’ passion for learning while developing valuable 21st century skills. HABITAT: Exploring Climate Change Through the Arts marks the launch of a statewide collaboration designed to strengthen STEAM education in New Mexico. This project, initiated by UNM through The Social Media Workgroup at the Center for Advanced Research Computing and AmeriCorps/ VISTA, is designed to bring together groundbreaking art and science initiatives at UNM, our state’s flagship Tier One
Agnes Chavez is a new media artist and STEAM specialist who is the Founder and Director of STEMarts Lab and serves as the Associate Director of The PASEO (www.paseotaos.org). Andrea Polli is a Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs The Social Media Workgroup (thesocialmediaworkgroup.com), a lab at the University’s Center for Advanced Research Computing.
Research Institution, with our important cultural institutions including 516 ARTS with the pioneering educational initiatives of The STEMarts Lab. This fall for HABITAT, UNM is proud to present two free STEAMrelated events designed for New Mexico teachers and aspiring graduate students. The UNM Art & Ecology and Landscape Architecture graduate programs are hosting the symposium Invisibility, Uncertainty, Art and Landscape (see page 10), and the Social Media Workgroup is hosting the Future Energy Design Storm (see page 5). 516 ARTS has teamed up with The PASEO and the National Hispanic Cultural Center to offer a series of youth workshops by two PASEO 2015 artists from UNM’s prestigious interdisciplinary MFA program, Abbey Hepner and Ruben Olguin (see p. 15). Through hands-on STEAM workshops at Albuquerque area schools, these artists are engaging students with current and future ecological challenges. Please visit The PASEO booth at the 516 ARTS Downtown Block Party on September 12, 4-8pm to meet the artists and learn more about STEMarts Lab projects and Taos’ upcoming outdoor art festival, The PASEO. — Agnes Chavez & Andrea Polli
HABITAT Education Program Partners
EXHIBITION TOURS 516 ARTS offers ongoing educational tours for schools and community groups., with free curriculum materials for teachers. Transportation stipends are available to qualifying schools. To schedule a tour, contact Claude Smith: email@example.com, 505-242-1445
Left: Olafur Eliasson studio • Above: Abbey Hepner, Bioluminescent Bacteria, 2015
ABBEY HEPNER: BioArt
Ruben Olguin: Sculpting with the Science of Nature
Fireflies, jellyfish, algae, glow worms – how and why do some living things glow? This workshop introduces students to the science of bioluminescence and how biological organisms can be self-energizing, responsive and act as biological sensors to environmental conditions. Participants will be introduced to dinoflagellates, which are marine-dwelling algae that emit light. They will explore the science behind bioluminance and create their own glowing drawings with live bacteria. The workshop encourages students to think about how this living light might be used in the future. For ages 7 & up.
In this hands-on workshop, students use natural materials found in our backyards to create their very own erosion sculptures that are visual representations of the effects of climate change on the Southwest. Students learn about earth systems, water conservation, rock types from Rio Grande Valley, hydrologic systems, erosion, and impacts of human activity on the regional hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. For ages 5 & up.
516 ARTS, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Explora are teaming up with STEMarts Lab @ The PASEO to offer the hands-on art workshops about climate change to local schools as well as the general public with guest artists Abbey Hepner and Ruben Olguin from The PASEO festival.
Workshops for schools:
Workshops for the general public:
To schedule a workshop at your school this fall, contact: JoDee Chavez: 505-242-1445, JoDee@516arts.org Free
Ruben Olguin: Saturday, November 21, 2-4pm (ages 5 & up) Abbey Hepner: Saturday, December 5, 2-4pm (ages 7 & up) LOCATION: Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque Fee: $5 per workshop • Pre-registration required Info/Register: 505-224-8341 • www.explora.us
Abbey Hepner is a conceptual artist investigating the human relationship with the landscape and technology. Using photography, video, public art intervention and electronic processes, she considers issues related to population growth, man-made disasters, as well as the complex and often contradictory roles surrounding technological progress.
Ruben Olguin, an artist working in earth materials and electronic media, creates earth sculptures of foraged materials that incorporate electronic components. He uses local history, geography, geology and contemporary electronic materials to contrast the old traditions of New Mexico with the impending modern world, allowing the natural world to interpret mechanical noise.
Abbey Hepner, bioluminescent bacteria painted on petri dishes • Ruben Olguin, Songs of Our Fathers: Sound Pots, 2014, foraged micaceous clay, microphones, speakers
YOUTH WORKSHOP: Wednesday, December 9, 4-8pm
ADULT WORKSHOP: Saturday, December 5, 8am-5pm
Agnes CHavez: Projecting Climate Change
BeaU Carey: Ojito Wilderness Excursion
Explora and 516 ARTS present this hands-on workshop offering students the opportunity to use projection art and their imaginations to visualize and communicate climate change solutions. Students explore climate impacts on diverse ecosystems and allow that to inspire and inform their ideas. Then using projection art tools, they paint, animate and project their visualizations live onto buildings. For ages 12 and up. Special thanks to Sube, Inc. and STEMarts Lab. LOCATION: Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque Fee: $5 • Pre-registration required Info/Register: 505-224-8341 • www.explora.us
Agnes Chavez is an interdisciplinary, new media artist working with data visualization, sound and projection art. She creates participatory environments and educational workshops, exploring our relationship to science, nature and technology
STEMarts Lab@The PASEO workshop 2014. Projecting Particles Instructors: Markus Dorninger and Agnes Chavez. Students: Haley Rausch, Jasmine Stoner, Ryan and Dylan Cox.
In conjunction with his exhibition Rise at 516 ARTS, artist Beau Carey invites artists to join him in the Ojito Wilderness for a winter field studio session where ideas, concepts and techniques can be exchanged in an informal and wild setting. This excursion is open to adult artists of all levels and media. It is an opportunity for individual artists to explore working in a complex and wild environment and allowing that environment to influence their work. Participants should bring art making supplies of their choice, hiking boots, warm clothes, snacks and plenty of water. Pre-registration required. Meet to caravan from 516 ARTS. Fee: $50 general / $40 for 516 ARTS membersInfo/ register: 505-242-1445, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beau Carey has been an artist-in-residence at Redline Denver, the Arctic Circle in Norway, and Denali National Park in Alaska where he was the park’s first wintertime resident. Working both at remote locations in the field and at home in the studio, his work explores historical and contemporary issues surrounding landscape painting and land use.
Beau Carey in residence in the Arctic Circle, photo by Cedra Wood Headshot by Rhiannon Mercer
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Calendar of Events AUGUST Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm
OPENING: Off the Charts & Knew Normal, music by BaBa, at 516 ARTS
Saturday, August 29, 6-8pm
OPENING: Control Room / Regeneration, at Central Features
SEPTEMBER Thursday, September 10, 1-4pm
SYMPOSIUM: Invisibility, Uncertainty, Art and Landscape, at ABQ UNM CityLab
Thursday, September 10, 5:30pm
KEYNOTE TALK: Mel Chin: The Potential Project, at UNM Keller Hall
Friday, September 11, 2pm
ROUNDTABLE: Discussion with Mel Chin, at 516 ARTS
Friday, September 11, 6pm
ARTIST TALK: Abbey Hepner: Control Room, at Central Features
Saturday, September 12, 4-8pm
FESTIVAL: Downtown Block Party, on Central between 5th & 6th
Friday, September 18, 8pm
SCREENING: Chasing Ice, outdoors on Civic Plaza
Sunday, September 20, 10am-3pm
SPECIAL EVENT: CiQlovía, on 4th St. between Civic Plaza & the Rail Yards
OCTOBER Saturday, October 3, 2pm
TALK: Collecting Environmental Art, with Nancy Zastudil & guests at 516 ARTS
Thursday, October 8, 7pm
Thursday, October 29, 6pm
SCREENING: Waste Land, at NHCC, Bank of America Theater ARTIST TALK: Andrea Polli: Public Art and Activism, at 516 ARTS
NOVEMBER Sat. & Sun., November 7 & 8, 1pm
SCREENING: No Impact Man, at The Guild Cinema
Thursday, November 12, 6pm
TALK: Ruben Arvizu: Cultural Perspectives in the Global Quest for Water, at NHCC
Saturday, November 14, 2pm
PERFORMANCE: Climate Change Theatre Action, at Tricklock Performance Laboratory
Saturday, November 21, 2-4pm
YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ruben Olguin: Sculpting with the Science of Nature, at Explora
Saturday, November 21, 6-8pm
OPENING: Scott Greene: Bewilderness & Beau Carey: Rise, at 516 ARTS
DECEMBER Thursday, December 3, 6pm
ARTISTS’ TALK: Scott Greene & Beau Carey, + poetry by Melisa Garcia, at 516 ARTS
Saturday, December 5, 8am-5pm
EXCURSION: Beau Carey: Ojito Wilderness Workshop
Saturday, December 5, 2-4pm
YOUTH WORKSHOP: Abbey Hepner: BioArt, at Explora
Wednesday, December 9, 4-8pm
YOUTH WORKSHOP: Agnes Chavez: Projecting Climate Change, at Explora
Thursday, December 10, 6pm
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Published on Jul 17, 2015
Published on Jul 17, 2015
516 ARTS is organizing a collaborative season of public programming in the fall of 2015 that explores climate change through the arts to cre...