Nina Dubois and Jeanette Hart-Mann present "Culture digest(e)" in "Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000-2006

As part of New Mexico's LAND/ART project and the University of New Mexico Art Museum's Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000- 2006 (see below), Nina Dubois and Jeanette Hart-Mann will exhibit their collaboration entitled Culture digest(e).

They describe the project as:
a site-specific art laboratory that explores the waste stream of the University of New Mexico campus and its potential to be creatively diverted and re-imagined. Designed as an on-site passive solar greenhouse, the project functions as a repository where cultural artifacts such as paper waste, food scraps, and landscape debris are collected, processed and photographed. These images make up the parallel project Déchets digest(e)s - an ongoing series of digital still life vanitas that investigate the cultural meaning of waste and decay.

The accumulated material is then composted within the greenhouse and made into a readily available form of soil nutrient, or organic compost. This, in turn, is used by the laboratory for planting and building, as well as landscaping and community projects. As these processes take place, the project's regenerative designer will be present; managing the on-site laboratory as well as traveling throughout the University campus to facilitate the experience of cultural composting.

Déchets digest(e)s will be on display at 516 ARTS from August 1st to September 19th and at the University of New Mexico Art Museum from August 28th to November 25, 2009.

Culture digest(e) will be installed at the University of New Mexico, on the plaza just east of Popejoy Hall from August 28th to Novemember 25th as part of the Dispersal/ Return exhibition.

Open hours:
August 25th to October 16th,
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 am to 2 pm.

A weekly walking tour of the project will take place:
September 9th to October 14th
Wednesdays, from 2:30 and 3:30 pm.
Please meet at the project site and the tour will go through various waste collection facilities on campus and end at the Art Museum.

Nina Dubois of Quebec and Jeanette Hart-Mann of New Mexico, have developed this collaborative project as an offshoot of their respective artistic research and practice as farmers and permaculturalists. With mutual interest in regenerative activities, edible landscapes, do-it-yourself projects, and experiential processes they wanted to develop a creative laboratory where the University community could explore sustainable design as it applies to food systems and culture. Dubois recieved a BFA from Concordia University and Hart-Mann received a BFA from the University of New Mexico. They both participated in The Land Arts of the American West Program through the University of New Mexico.

Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000- 2006
August 28 - November 25, 2009

The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents twenty artists from Land Arts of the American West, an interdisciplinary field program in the Department of Art and Art History at UNM. Curated by Bill Gilbert, the Lannan Chair and Director of the Land Arts program and Michele M. Penhall, Curator, Prints and Photographs at the UNM Art Museum, the exhibition brings together former participants from this innovative studio program who continue to work on land art based projects. The exhibition includes video and installation works by Claire Long and Anna Keleher, Blake Gibson, Yoshimi Hayashi, Mark Hensel and Jen Van Horn; works on paper and sculpture by Jeff Beekman, Erika Osborne, Blake Gibson, Geordie Shepherd, Jeanette Hart-Mann, Brooke Steiger, Gabe Romero, and Peter Voshefski. There will also be four site specific works commissioned for the exhibition by Julie Anand, Jeanette Hart- Mann/Nina Dubois, Jess Dunn, and Ryan Henel. A performance by Gabe Romero and John Loth is scheduled for the opening night reception.

For more information about the Land Arts of the American West program at the University of New Mexico visit http://www.unm. edu/~artdept2/land_arts/index.html

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