Dr Aviva Rahmani is an eco-art activist whose public and ecological art projects have involved collaborative interdisciplinary community teams with scientists, planners and environmentalists.
This is Aviva’s ‘take’ on landscape justice:
“Earth or landscape INjustice depends on racism, classism, sexism, speciesism. When we oppress ‘an other’ we deny our own humanness, and crowd out the world beyond our own skin on which we depend. Earth justice challenges us to internalise humility and trust. In striving for a just world, we comprehend relationships between, soil, air, other people and creatures, the rocks and waters of a healthy habitat. The systems that sustain human life are interconnected, with no beginning, end, top or bottom.
Consider, ending fossil fuel hegemonies requires us to accept untenable facts:
- Each child born in the first world uses 30 times the resources of a child born in the third world.
- We currently consume three planets worth of resources.
- The loss of biodiversity and redundancy in natural systems endangers our remaining Earth resources for survival; 1 in 10 people today don’t have access to clean water.
The task of rethinking our dysfunctional systems is often assigned to scientists and engineers. I suggest that artists have equally compelling solutions, and we have direct access to people’s hearts and souls impossible for statisticians to access. As an artist, I conceived of trigger point theory, an original premise that the restoration of selected small sites can effect very large systems. This located site is not necessarily physical. My art selects and activates those sites. In The Blued Trees Symphony, I found a place in the legal system, a synasthetic intersection, where Earth justice meets art. I will tell you about it.”
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More about the Blued Trees Symphony, a bibliography and about Aviva
Aviva Rahmani’s The Blued Trees Symphony contesting fossil fuels and asserting Earth justice recently received awards from A Blade of Grass and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Her Gulf to Gulf (2009- present), a NYFA sponsored on line project has been accessed from 85 countries to address climate change. Rahmani’s transdisciplinary PhD is from Plymouth University, UK and she is an Affiliate with the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) with the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Webpage with link to map:
Gulf to Gulf: http://www.gulftogulf.org/project_item/blued_trees/
Interview with Aviva Rahmani on the Environmental Art Podcast hosted by Ariel Garber: https://soundcloud.com/rielarber/aviva-rahmani-interview
Mixed text & audio:
Landowners Put Hope in Art Project to Combat Pipeline: http://wvtf.org/post/landowners-put-hope-art-project-combat-pipeline#stream/0 by Wes Williams
Future Perfect http://www.goethe.de/ins/cz/prj/fup/en15648790.htm, by Nancy Averett
Nine Artists Respond to Climate Change: http://tinyurl.com/oqv4by8 ARTSY EDITORIAL by Julie Baumgardner
Art and Activism: The Blued Trees symphonic movement to put “public” back in “public benefit”:http://readersupportednews.org//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32089 by Gusti Bogok
Aviva Rahmani’s Blued Trees and the Fight Against Pipelines: http://cornellsun.com/2015/12/03/aviva-rahmanis-blued-trees-and-the-fight-against-pipelines/ by Shay Collins
Earth Day EcoArt By Aviva Rahmani Confronts Deforestation, Fracking, Nuclear Hazards In Eastern US Woodlands: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/g-roger-denson/earth-day-ecoart-confront_b_9721354.html by Roger Denson
Using copyright law as an artistic strategy: http://ikonotv.tumblr.com/post/130191702053/using-copyright-law-as-an-artistic-strategy by IKONOTV
How Land Art Lived and Died to Stop a Fracked-Gas Pipeline — And How It Lives Again: https://www.villagevoice.com/2016/06/29/how-land-art-lived-and-died-to-stop-a-fracked-gas-pipeline-and-how-it-lives-again/ by Andrea Lim
Blued Trees on the front lines journal excerpts:
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2015/11/criticspage/blued-trees-on-the-front-lines-journal-excerpts by Aviva Rahmani
Blue Fractivism: The New Green: http://naturalgasnow.org/blue-fractivism-the-new-green/ by Tom Shepstone (gas industry shill, denigrating Blued Trees project)
Using Art to Stop a Pipeline: http://hyperallergic.com/235429/using-art-to-stop-a-pipeline/ by Jillian Steinhauer
PIPELINE – 19 – BLUED TREES – REVISED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkbJKUI9S_w Edited and Produced by Marino Colmano
Blued Trees: https://vimeo.com/135290635 Edited by Denise Petrizzo
Blued Trees ISCP Performance Excerpt: https://vimeo.com/153552626 Edited by Edward Valibus
Further information about Aviva:
A Blade of Grass Fellows for Socially Engaged Art: http://www.abladeofgrass.org/lay-of-the-land/blade-grass-announces-2017-abog-fellows-socially-engaged-art/
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