Interspecies kinships in eco-art


November 16th, 2014 by Raheleh Zomorodinia

The possibility of belonging, to be a part of something, is one of the most generative searches of our physical and metaphysical existence. To occupy a determined time and space is constantly promoted as the ultimate solidification of identity. Yet, in the dialogical experience of being and in contemporary times, dislocation often becomes the referent for our ideas and feeling of belonging -or its absence.

[BeLong] is an exploration into the possibility of belonging, a questioning of the frames that constitute us. These artworks demonstrate the instability and dynamism of our concept, challenging the different ways of belonging to a representational medium, questioning the construction of language and other modes of address, or simply recognizing the boundaries that establish existence. The state of belonging, rather than a fixed and static concept, seems to be more accurately representing by a play with the word’s semantic structure; a constant state of longing, a search for place and space, a fluid movement of the body within the frames of possibilities offered by different structures; a state of BeLonging.

Exhibition Opening @ Diego Rivera Gallery, Still Lights Gallery, Paul Sack Gallery
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
5 pm – 8 pm

Curators Talk @ Diego Rivera Gallery,
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
6 pm

Special Screening @ Lecture Hall
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
7 pm – 8 pm

Special Intervention
Friday, November 21, 2014
All day

Genius awards for social-justice art

October 29th, 2014 by Deanna Pindell

Interspecies kinships in eco-art

October 23rd, 2014 by Deanna Pindell

Most, or all,  environmental artists are warmly concerned for the well-being of the more-than-human networks of species in any ecosystem. Now, there is a budding network of artists who are specifically thinking about these inter-species relationships. It’s an interdisciplinary movement, with anthropologists, philosophers, all kinds of eco-focused scientists, which is pretty darned hopeful in my opinion!

“Multi-species Ethnography” is the name that anthropologists are using to frame this field of art/science study, and there is an exceptional website being developed for  multispecies studies, which is also a companion to the new book by Eben Kirksey, Multispecies Salon. I confess, that my own work is included in a sliver of these pages, along with a growing tide of authors, artists, and ABC’s.

The book is dedicated to Beatriz da Costa. In the final months of her life, she made deeply thoughtful works about the lab mice who had given their own lives to prolong hers.
Check it out!


Table Talk with Beth Grossman @ WEAD Sponsored Exhibit

September 26th, 2014 by Krystle Ahmadyar

From a series of workshops at InterGEN- Womyn Citizen Artists’ Expression Exhibition.

Beth Grossman’s TABLE TALK at the OAKLAND IMPACT HUB, September 22, 2014


Table Talk* is an ongoing dialogue project using the Golden Rule as a keystone question. Nearly every world religion has a version of the Golden Rule as its primary principle, yet we forget to live by it. What does it mean to “Love your neighbor as yourself?”



If we lived by this ancient tenet, how could our world be changed politically and socially? What would our relationship to our environment be?  How could we re-envision the structure of our community and family lives? What is the Golden Rule you could live by? 

For this  WEAD exhibit, we considered this question: What would our relationship to our environment be if we all lived by the Golden Rule. The Native American version of the Golden Rule provided direction, “We are as much alive as the earth is alive.”

We gathered around two tables. As we were talking and contemplating, we drew and doodled images and made notes on a tablecloth, making a collective work of art and document of our thoughts and discussion.


*  “Table Talks” or intimate dialogs have been published and widely disseminated since the 3rd Century. Notable published table talks include Martin Luther, John Milton, Beethoven, Napoleon, Goethe and George Bernard Shaw. 

Ignite: Women Fueling Science and Technology

August 12th, 2014 by Danielle Siembieda

In November 2014, the Global Fund for Women will launch the Ignite: Women Fueling Science and Technology multimedia project. Ignite will explore the roles of technology and science in the evolution of women’s rights and gender equality.

Global Fund for Women invites you to submit work which addresses these themes. Please see attached Call for Submissions for more information. Deadline for Submission is September 2, 2014.
Thank you for considering this important opportunity.