England poised for further invasion!!

It’s a fever.. of xenophobia:

An army of foreign mammals, birds and amphibians is poised to invade Britain – changing the countryside and threatening our best-loved native wildlife, scientists warn.

They have identified 84 exotic species – from the raccoon to the snapping turtle – which could become established within the next few decades.

Some, like the leopard cat, could escape from zoos or private collections, while others, such as the eagle owl, are already living in isolated pockets of the countryside.

from the “Raccoons and Snapping Turtle Join  the Foreign Threat to our Native Wildlife,” Daily Mail, May 2009


the operative word is could

PROTECTED ZONE by Chus Garcia-Fraile

Still from Protected Zone
Still from Protected Zone

…click here to see video of Protected Zone.

I’ve been intermittently reading Deep North, the document produced by Transmediale 2009, an annual festival held in Berlin that weaves  media, social change and a thematic issue. This year was loosely Climate Change/Social Change (my piece The Poster Children was in the exhibition).
The book contains an essay by Hilary Koob-Sassen called “Faith in Infrastructure, An Errorist Manifesto.” In this he states that
“Elaboration moves along when structures subside from direct experience to a position of foundational relevance. The aqueducts have disappeared- we have faith in subterranean pipes. Upon this faith we buy a house. Upon this faith we live in New Orleans. An evil experience is the same for the living and the built: the floods were outside of that range of reality to which the structure could respond. The levee breaks and no hidden capacity reveals itself: no preternatural burst of adrenaline allows the slipping deer to spring to a foothold, no particularly well-fashioned piece of levee exceeds its nominal strength and endures. No response. These two syntaxes- genetic and materialist- must name reality faster than it changes. Otherwise, reality deletes them.”

Land Arts of the American West

I went to a talk at Parsons today on Land Art, presented by Incubo (Chile) and  Land Arts of the American West (Texas).
The 2 groups worked on this, Earthworks Lab.

Land Arts of the American West is “an interdisciplinary field program expanding the definition of land art through direct experience with the full range of human interventions in the landscape, from the inscriptions of pictographs and petrogylphs to the construction of roads, dwellings, and monuments, as well as traces of those actions. Land art includes gestures both small and grand, directing our attention from potsherd, cigarette butt, and mark in the sand to human settlements, monumental artworks, and military/industrial projects such as hydroelectric dams and decommissioned airfields.”

Smithson, Spiral Jetty
Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty

Add an ImageCarissa Leos, If Lost Relax, Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico, 2004.
Carissa Leos, If Lost Relax, Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico, 2004.

One of Incubo’s projects is Nomade, taking a 4wd bus out into remote landscapes. First foray for artists and designers went to the Atacama Desert, engaging in  fog-catching, speculative interventions, and inquiring into recent post-industrial landscapes.

(Tapping fog or fog harvesting has  successful in many  localized instances.)

Fog water collectors on El Tofo mountain, Chile. Water from the fog condenses on these large nets.