Gray Marketing Dept.
Supplies Unchained: Misfit Economy
What relationship does the laptop you are using, or the food you eat have to its supplies or sources? Chances are it has passed through untaxed or mined quasi-legally; that banana, though ripe and yellow has been touched by the gray economy.
From Misfit.org: Globalization has linked distant mines, factories, and ports to each other and to retailers of all sizes, from megastores to mom and pop shops. Much of the world’s merchandise ends up—legally or illegally—in the informal economy, traded by street vendors to end users.
The infographic offers a peek into this world — the world of informal economies everyone is contributing to, daily.
More at Mistfit.org
Beyond Informal Department
Teddy Cruz: Border Politics of Imagination
Political Equator 3
South of the border informal creative capacity — that which adapts to socio-economic and geo-political limits (read scarcity)— outpaces north of a border consumer capacity … Which border is that?
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Hands Freed Bureau
Children, Arts and War Trauma Release
The arts are are not a product; they are a process, and can be a creative antidote to the trauma caused by trafficking and war.
Child soldiers and victims of slavery can recreate a positive story of self when provided a safe and loosely structured environment for creativity.
The shame and guilt can keep them from sharing their story and feelings through words. The process of art making can provide a safe place where the story can be told creatively and in a non-invasive way. (ref)
The process of funding these arts activities can also free the perspectives of other funders by establishing a more engaged dialogue around human trafficking — creating a cycle of creative recovery.
Spiral Bound Department
Fiber, Hands and Social Dexterity
Seems we don’t apprehend the physical through concepts, but concepts through the physical, through our hands in many instances.
This rootedness is a source of supple, shared and resilient imagination. Supple imagination is a social thing — through it comes a form of “even handedness”.
Just look. Not at the concrete and rail, but the near spoken, song of it. The form and light of it — its conversation.
Came from here >
A look at photos from “Barbarous Coasts,” an exhibition depicting two disparate locations—Alaska’s Upper Cook Inlet and the shores of Hofsos, Iceland—that, together, form a cohesive view of the animated and craggy life at sea: http://nyr.kr/1mwJH8g
Above: “Rock #2” (2013). Photograph by Neal Rantoul.
Neal Rantoul’s work is understated mastery. His formal clarity, tone and texture always convey land and human with both attention and immediacy. Arts & Ideas has had the honor of publishing his photographs and enjoys a warm friendship.
Border Crossing Dept.
Less than 3000 ft. from Detroit, Michigan, across the Detroit River, is Windsor, Ontario — Canada. Bridges between these two cities/two countries bring cross-border traffic and act as social conduits.
The international border crossings also generate kind of slurry of cultural identity. As goes Detroit, so goes Windsor, in sickness and in health… So, too in migrant imagination.
What this means for social change and inter-action will be shared in a symposium March 8/9. Spheres of Circulation, Bordered Spaces, Imagined Geographies are topics of discussion.
What this means for 3000 ft. of imagination: what are the social borders, identity boundaries and the spanning bridges… really?
more event info >
Musical Catering Department
For all you electrodomésticos out there, you know who you are, artist-servants, here is affirmation of your eternal genius…
Thanks to Ivan Navarro, phenomenal artist and a friend of Hueso Records.
This Land is Your Land Bureau
Ivan Navarro : Art and Immigration
Who and Where Are “We”
Photos by Elisabeth Bernstein
Ivan Navarro’s site-specific installation presents three water towers inside of which neon reflections repeat infinitely.
The artist takes the exhibition’s title “This Land is Your Land” from the 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, which is both an American anthem and a vocal pull to the freedoms offered in this country for an immigrant population.
The towers are elevated to a height above visitors’ heads, allowing them to walk underneath and look up into each sculpture to view the content within.
Navarro’s water towers—each measuring approximately seven feet in diameter and standing on roughly eight-foot-tall supports—will function as vessels for a vocabulary of the political and personal experience of immigration.
The interior of one tower will feature the words “me” and “we”, another will feature the word “bed”, and a third will display the image of a ladder—all of which will be composed of neon light.
An internal arrangement of mirrors will enable each word or image to repeat perpetually through a seemingly endless vertical space.
This exhibition is presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.
Face of Change Department
Omo River Gibe III Dam
What will the Gibe III dam soon do to alter this face and the nature/history painted on it?
Once the dam’s completed, the Omo River Valley with its many tribespeople will change from a network of rivers and tributaries feeding a pristine riparian forest to a business-controlled landscape done in by scheduled floods.
The life-web reliant on natural flow in this remotest of regions will change, along with it so will the selection of clays and patterns used and the outward social artistry of the people living in it.
Maybe one kind of progress-minded “poverty” will vanish — that of people without money — but it’s highly unlikely. Because of corruption, another poverty will completely replace it — that of people without a living history or livelihood.
Photo by Steve McCurry: