Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Ertl, Oliver Kellhammer, Marina Zurkow | Dear Climate | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series
On view day and night
The Art and Picture Collections present a site-specific exhibition created by Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Ertl, Oliver Kellhammer, and Marina Zurkow. The exhibition features imagistic and textual elements from Dear Climate, a multi-platform collaborative project aimed at locating new affective registers for responding to climate change. The exhibition features a digital screen that cycles through a series of posters at a varied pace, ranging from rapid to meditative; through which spectators can see readouts of “slogans”—surprising and enigmatic phrases that bespeak a non-anthropocentric, bio-centric value system in the making.
Join us for An Artist Dialogue event on Saturday June 4th, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. The members of the Dear Climate team will lead audience members in activities and discussion designed to “change your inner climate.” We will do “climate meditations,” read and write letters to the climate, and explore ways to Meet, Befriend, and Become climate change!
We know: we blew it.
We got distracted, as usual. By ourselves, as usual.
Actually, thinking about it, it’s not like we did anything to you personally. The atmosphere, yes. The biosphere, yes. The cryosphere, yes! We’ve been terrible to ALL the spheres.
But we didn’t know how they were connected to you. In fact, we never really thought about you. We thought about (and we loved to complain about) The Weather. But now, because of all the sphere-abuse that’s gone on, we’ve become super aware of you, The Climate.
Also of the fact that the way you’re changing is really bad news for us . . .
So what we want to say is: we are sincerely sorry.
And we want to make amends. We want to find ways to shift relations—with the spheres, with you, and also with our own unruly and uncertain inner climates.
That’s what these letters are, and the posters, and the podcasts. They’re our attempts to apologize, rectify, remedy, reframe.
We hope you’ll accept them as signs of our desire to become less self-distracted and more spherical.
In the meantime, be kind to us.
Marina, Una, Fritz, Oliver
Marina Zurkow builds animations and participatory environments that focus on humans’ relationships with animals, plants and the weather. Recent exhibitions include bitforms gallery; the Montclair Art Museum; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Museum for Women in the Arts; Borusan Collection, Istanbul; and the Sundance Film Festival. Zurkow is a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, and has been granted awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Creative Capital. She is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and is represented by bitforms gallery.
Una Chaudhuri teaches English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. Her recent books include Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Holly Hughes, and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change, co-authored with Shonni Enelow. She collaborates with Fritz Ertl in a long-term project called Research Theatre. Her current projects include a book tentatively entitled The Stage Lives of Animals, and articles on oceans and performance.
Oliver Kellhammer is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer. His botanical interventions and public art projects demonstrate nature's surprising ability to recover from damage. Lately, his work has focused on cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees onto landscapes damaged by industrial forestry and cataloging the biodiversity of brownfield ecologies. Recent writings include Neo Eocene published in Making the Geologic Now, edited by Jamie Kruse and Elisabeth Ellsworth (Punctum 2012) and Violent Reactions in Marina Zurkow’s Petroleum Manga (Punctum 2014). He divides his time between rural British Columbia and Alphabet City in East Village.
Fritz Ertl is head of faculty and curriculum at Playwrights Horizons Theater School in New York. For the past ten years he has been working on a series of new plays exploring the catastrophic consequences of globalization: YOUTH IN ASIA: A TECHNO FANTASIA (aka the resistance project), written by Steven Drukman; FOXHOLLOW (aka the animal project), by Steven Drukman; THERE WAS AND THERE WASN‘T: AN OLD IRAQI FOLK TALE (aka the queeraq project), written by Daniel Glen; and CARLA AND LEWIS (aka the ecocide project), by Shonni Enelow.
March 1st, 2016 - June 6th, 2016 Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street