Dominic Miller's TURBINE SONGS

Artist Dominic Miller has created an online archive of his project, Turbine Songs, addressing Uranium Mining and its impact upon the Navajo Nation. Learn more on the project site:

"As the impact of uranium mining continues to unfold, the Diné struggle to remain in contact with the land they have always inhabited. Audio recordings were done in participants’ homes, discussing the feelings and history surrounding mining. Transcripts of the interviews are made available through the website. Recording was done in cooperation with Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Society.

The photographic section of the website portrays the uranium industry’s environmental legacy alongside the stark natural beauty of the region. Captions provide specific information about clean-up efforts and introduce the participating interviewees. To coordinate an exhibition of the images please write: " from


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Travels with William Fox, C A+E Director
The World’s Longest Poem, Part 1--Santiago, Chile

Follow Fox as he shares his travels and discoveries at home and abroad on the CA+E social network. In this excerpt, Fox travels with anthropologist Jerry Moore to explore Raul Zurita’s 3.17-kilometer-long ni peña ni miedo, located in Santiago, Chile. Meaning “neither pain, nor fear”, Zurita’s work is literally the longest line of poetry in the world. more >

Author Jeff Gordinier Imagines the Future with GenX
Part of the continuing Art + Environment Conference series

Watch the Art + Environment Conference session "What's neXt: Artists Imagine the Future", featuring author Jeff Gordinier and GenX artists Katie Holten, Kianga Ford, Jason Houston, and Fritz Haeg. Gordinier's recent book X Saves the World, suggests that Gen X innovations in art, technology, and activism have come to define the way we live today. Discover how these GenX artists, designers and writers create work which aspires to change the way people view and experience the world. Part of a continuing series of videos documenting the 2008 Conference. more >
Artist Katie Holten Talks Nature and Landscape
Highlights from “What’s neXt: Artists Imagine the Future”

A native of Ireland, Katie Holten creates artworks that bring people together to investigate humans’ impact on the natural environment. Here, Holten presents her works and methods to the Art + Environment Conference 2008. Often made from recycled materials, her thoughtful renderings of maps, plants, and ecological phenomena encourage dialogue on issues ranging from biodiversity to global warming. more >
Black Rock Design Institute Presents Eric Strain | assemblageStudio, Inc.
Thursday, January 21 / 6pm

Join BRDI at the Museum for an exciting opportunity to meet Eric Strain, founder of architecture firm assemblageStudio. Established to bring attention to the architecture of Las Vegas, work through assemblageStudio has garnered a remarkable 18 awards for design excellence in both the public and private sectors including the AIA Nevada Young Architect Citation in 1996, the AIA Nevada Service Award in 1999 and the AIA Western Mountain Region Young Architect Award in 2004. Meet other guests for networking and beer from Silver Peak Brewery at 5pm, before the lecture at 6pm. more >

Leur Existence - Tree Project at the THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK


December 9, 2009 - February 12, 2010

Hiroshi Sunari
Leur Existence - Tree Project

Opening Reception
Wednesday, December 9th
6pm to 8:30pm

Over 60 years ago, the city of Hiroshima was decimated by one nuclear bomb. Hibaku trees, those that still live from the time of the atomic bombing, have shown an inspiring ability to persevere. Since 2005, Sunairi has been collecting seeds from hibaku trees in Hiroshima and has distributed them to nearly 400 Tree Project participants in 23 countries. Leur Existence – Tree Project will feature a selection of these plants, which have been donated by the participants, as well as photographic and written documentation of the process. Plants will be presented in ceramic elephant-foot pots, designed and created by the artist.

Curated by Chris Murtha. Click here to view the press release (pdf). For more information email or call (212) 757-0915 x121.

Land Art Competition


The summarized design brief for the competition is to design a public art installation for one of three pre-selected sites that fulfills all of the following criteria:

Is a three dimensional form that has the ability to stimulate and challenge the mind of the viewer on a contemplative level.

Embodies a sense of beauty and concept in its built form that is derived from the artistic sensitivities of the design team and from an acute attention to details.

Captures energy from nature, converts it into electricity, and has the ability to store, and/or transform and transmit electrical power to a power grid connection point to be supplied by others.

Does not create secondary emissions other than electricity and does not pollute its surroundings.

Is safe to people who would view it. Consideration must be made for viewing platforms and boundaries between public and restricted areas.

Is pragmatic and constructable within reason and employs technology that can be scalable and tested. There is no limit on the type of technology or the proprietary nature of the technology. The Land Art Generator Initiative will endeavor to reach contractual agreements with any company and/or patent holder that is specified as a part of a successful design entry. It is recommended that the design team make an effort to engage such entities in preliminary dialog as a part of their own research and development of the design entry..

Does not negatively impact the natural surroundings. Each entry should provide an environmental impact study and mitigation strategy in order to determine the effects of the project on the ecosystem into which the installation is to be constructed.

Uses all or any portion of the site. There is no requirement or restriction on size other than those of the plot limits themselves and the environmental footprint of the design.



Bridge the Gap? 6
A day of open lectures and conversations at Storefront, organized by Center for Contemporary Art - CCA Kitakyushu

Ruben Coen Cagli / Neuroscience
Trisha Donnelly / Visual Art
Didier Fiuza Faustino / Architecture
Joan Jonas / Visual Art
Lisa Kaltenegger/ Astrophysics
Kazuo Okanoya / Cognitive Science
Damon Rich / Urban Design
Anri Sala / Visual Art
Kevin Slavin / Information Science

BRIDGE THE GAP? is an international series of conferences that aims to create an ongoing forum between artists, scientists, designers and thinkers of the humanities in which ideas are exchanged and reciprocal stimulation and influence can occur. The first BTG?, held in 2001 in Kitakyushu (Japan) brought together 30 specialists from the arts, sciences and humanities (; the second in took place in Milan, the third in Chiang Mai, the fourth in Kitakyushu/Shanghai and the fifth in Venice. Each event involved a profound change in scale and context of the BTG? format.

By making the coffee break a central forum and by enhancing the exchange between participants, BTG? poses the question concerning the necessity of actual and virtual salons now. BTG? proposes a non-linear, non-hierarchical approach to knowledge production - to go beyond the boundaries of disciplines and to overcome the fears of pooling knowledge. Classical conferences emphasized order and stability. In contrast, we now see fluctuations instability: the unpredictable. In non-equilibrium physics, you find various notions of unstable systems and the dynamics of unstable environments. Instead of certitudes, BTG? expresses connective possibilities. The field of reflection and discussion coming from the different perspective will begin to broaden, deepen and create the ground to work in collaboration.

Schedule of presentations
11:00 - 11:40 / Damon Rich
11:40 - 12:20 / Anri Sala
12:20 - 13:00 / Lisa Kalgenegger

15:00 - 15:40 / Trisha Donnely
15:40 - 16:20 / Ruben Coen Cagli

16:40 - 17:20 / Kazuo Okanoya
17:20 - 18:00 / Joan Jonas

18:30 - 19:10 / Didier Faustino
19:10 - 19:50 / Kevin Slavin

Participants Bios

Ruben Coen Cagli
is Postdoctoral Research Associate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He studies the visual creativity from the vantage point of computational Cognitive Science, and currently focuses on computational models of natural image statistics, visual cortical processing, and texture synthesis.

Trisha Donnelly
presents her work in various ways such as installation and performance, using diverse mediums including video, drawing, photography and sound. Sometimes accompanied by her personal experience, her work blurs concept of time and space within the framework of art exhibition.

Didier Fiuza Faustino
realizes many architecture projects, while he also presents his work often in art exhibition context. His architectural and artistic projects are above all focused on the issue of space as a political, social and bodily experience. He conceives architecture as a "tool for exacerbating our senses and sharpening our awareness of reality".

Joan Jonas
is a pioneer of video/performance art. She started her career in 60s and led the new art movement happening around that time. Her influence plays a crucial role in the development of art even until the present day. Currently she continues to explore her performance work with new media, and also presents installation work.

Lisa Kaltenegger
is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian, Center for Astrophysics. She studies extrasolar planets, especially focusing on the Earth-like planets, and the photons where we could trace life on the planet. Now she works on the discovery of the photon of the planets, and also involves with the design of the space telescopes for it.

Kazuo Okanoya
is Head of Laboratory for Biolinguistics of Riken Brain Science Institute. Through study on bird's hearing/song, and vocal token of naked mole-rats and degus which are belong to rodent species, Okanoya investigates mechanism of human brain and language.

Damon Rich
uses video, sculpture, graphics, and photography to investigate the political economy of the built environment. In 1997 he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York City nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve the quality of public participation in urban planning and community design, where he was the creative director for 10 years.

Anri Sala
is known for his video work, which is sometimes entwined seemingly with political, biographical contexts. The images often feature physical and linguistic details that look trivial but have peculiarities. He also presents his work in the styles of installation and performance.

Kevin Slavin
is the Managing Director and co-founder of Area/Code, a company engaged in building on the landscape of pervasive technologies and overlapping media to create new kinds of entertainment. Founded in 2005. Area/Code creates cross-media games and entertainment for clients including Nokia, CBS, Disney Imagineering, MTV, Discovery Networks, A&E Networks, Nike, Puma, EA, the UK's Department for Transport, and Busch Entertainment.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
10012 New York, NY
Tel. 212.431.5795
Fax 212.431.5755

A Bus Tour of the Urban Oilscape of Los Angeles

A Bus Tour of the Urban Oilscape of Los Angeles
Friday, December 18, 2009

The tour will visit a number of urban well sites, from the West Side to Downtown, to Signal Hill and Long Beach, as part of the exhibit Urban Crude: The Oil Fields of the Los Angeles Basin.

The bus will depart from the Center for Land Use Interpretation's exhibit space at 9331 Venice Blvd, Culver City, California, at 9 AM Friday, December 18th, and will return by 6 PM. Please be at the CLUI no later than 8:50am to board the bus. Bring lunch money - a stop will be made at a restaurant for lunch.

Tour ticket price is $30. Tickets go on sale on Monday, December 7th @ 12 noon PST, and must be purchased online here.


The Center for Land Use Interpretation
9331 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.839.5722 office
310.839.6678 fax
support (at) clui (dot) org

Triple Canopy 7: "Master Plans”

New issue available online from triple canopy, “Master Plans”. This issue, "will focus on the origins, products, and relics of planning, and its possibilities for the future. As the reign of ego-architecture and its hyper-capitalist financiers ends (or merely changes regents), we offer alternative forms of and perspectives on urbanism, from artists, researchers, writers, and musicians, as well as architects. More than ever, we need an urbanism that looks backward to move forward, that looks forward to see the present; that considers the voices of those without the power to build and the ideas of architects who have built modestly, critically, or not at all."

Read more online:

Jackrabbit Homestead Book Now Available

From Kim Stringfellow:

Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938–2008
published by the Center for American Places is now available for online pre-order at The book explores the cultural history and physical landmarks that resulted from the implementation of the 1938 Small Tract Act throughout Southern California's Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park. The Small Tract Act was one of the many land acts designed to dispose of “useless” federal lands from the U.S. public domain. The hardbound book contains sixty-one color plates and a text by Kim Stringfellow.
Signed and inscribed copies are available for purchase through PayPal at
For more information about this project, please visit:

Semi-related event:
New Topographics Artist-Led Exhibition Walkthrough
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90036
When: Sunday, December 6th, 2 PM
Cost: Free with LACMA regular admission
If you are in Los Angeles this coming Sunday please join me for an exhibition walkthough that I will lead of LACMA’s current photography exhibit, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. The group will meet at the front of the exhibit in BCAM on the 2nd floor if you plan to attend. The event is free with paid admission, tickets required (available one hour before the program). For more information on this event please the exhibit Web page at: JRHS books will be available for purchase at LACMA’s gift shop.
JRHS Lecture:
Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series
Old Schoolhouse Museum 29 Palms
6760 National Park Drive, 29 Palms, CA
WHEN: Friday, December 11th, 7 PM
COST: $5 at the door
This lecture will cover the history of jackrabbit homesteading throughout the Morongo Basin. For more information please visit:

Kim Stringfellow