Table Talk with Beth Grossman @ WEAD Sponsored Exhibit
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!
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.
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.