A hands-on rendition of the net.art commission Crow_Sourcing opened last week in London’s Furtherfield Gallery. It invites visitors to the World Wild Web show to take up a pen and contribute to a growing collection of animal idioms.
The aesthetic and conceptual competence of the artistic responses to the environmental and human crises of the oil spills in Spill >> Forward make the case for art still being a relevant and capable answer to society’s need to make sense of unfolding events. Art can still provide a much-needed space for reflection, and Spill >> Forward creates just such a space in a very contemporary way. Continue…
Wildlife of the Arctic Refuse! — Arctic wildlife ensnared in a war on animalism solve the problems of late naturalism in their cute and cuddly way. The publication continues the narrative project of the artist’s earlier Panel Junction editions.
Why "Earth Art for the 21st Century"? Like a lot of people, the artists who formed Transnational Temps in 2001 (info about the collective follows this article) sensed that coverage of global warming and other environmental issues was woefully inadequate. Commercially sponsored "informative" programming continues to suffer from attention deficit disorders, to say nothing of conflicts of interest. The Internet has presented a means to address the situation.
Transnational Temps entered and won the Shift Space Commission Program’s competition for the best ‘trail.’ The Transnational Temps entry pulled together a variety of websites that address or exemplify ‘greenwashing’: the use of misleading PR and advertising to cleanse a corporation’s image with respect to its environmental impact. In recent years, and especially after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, the public perception of global warming has changed. But the tremendous increase of feel-good PR on the part of some of the most environmentally abusive corporations on earth leads us to wonder who will hold greenwashers accountable for their deceptions.
Shift Space is a browser add-on that enables its users to superimpose comments above existing websites. The ‘trail’ paradigm is a thematic series of pages that are part of the Shift Space network of annotated sites.
Transnational Temps would like to acknowledge the participation of several students who contributed to a class project that got the greenwashing ball rolling. Elise, Dara, Sheena and Hye Seung: thank you for helping to make the project a success.
Hapless flowers, windmills, trees, and small animals try to organize some type of response to climate change as a duper-hero clan of energy industry titans use their powers in the media and military to insure the supression of dissent and the continuation of their way of war. Lucha Neo-libre is Panel Junction #2 in calendar form, 12 pages of comic art influenced by user contributions through the artcontext.net website.
Converse with a chimpanzee about habitat problems, or discuss overfishing with a whale.
These are just two possible encounters in EcoScope, part of the Eco-Media exhibition in Germany (October 2007- January 2008). Produced by the international art collective Transnational Temps, this online forum also offers tools for sending quirky postcards to friends, either electronically or through your printer. You’re invited to come join the conversation. There’s content in EcoScope before you arrive, but half the fun is what you bring to it. Peer into the EcoScope!