A Studio in the Woods and the Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research seek to enhance and support faculty research, regeneration and creativity by awarding one- to two-week Enrichment Residencies during Fall 2014. Used as a “mini-sabbatical,” these residencies will provide a retreat for faculty across disciplines to work on a discrete project. Open to all Tulane University faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. Deadline April 7, 2014.
The residencies awarded for the 2013-2014 cycle are
Emily Corazon Nelson
We appreciate the time and imagination that all of the applicants contributed to their proposals and we have been inspired by everyone’s approaches to the theme, one that clearly merits further exploration. Please check back for more on each artists’ proposal. Congratulations to Monica, Sebastian, Emily, Megan and Laurel and hope that you will join us for events scheduled around each residency.
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Monica Haller (born Minneapolis, MN) is a media artist. Her works to date include photography, sound, video, writing and design. Her art practice is rooted in social justice concerns. Memory, truth telling as an activity, or the role of the truth teller, and listening have been some themes in her work. She has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, an MFA in Visual Studies. Her work has been exhibited internationally has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and support from the National Endowments for the Arts. She has given talks at venues ranging from Centre Pompidou to the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center.
A Studio in the Woods is the site for Haller’s first installation of a new body of work about the transitory eroding space on the edges of land – where land meets water. Land is slipping away and failing, and people’s homes are slipping and failing. But with every destabilization there is stabilization. There is no such thing as destruction unto itself; one thing is always replacing something else. Can home exist in this kind of place? What is the nature of home? What is the nature of knowing where you are? What is the desire to be oriented? Haller will explore these questions with the community of Plaquemines Parish.
Image: Untitled (from Bayou Barataria), 2012
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Sebastian Muellauer is a native german/austrian Creator working in the intersection of Design, Technology, Nature and human intervention. He studied Man and Living at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and received a diploma with distinction in industrial design from the University of Arts – Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. He is currently based in Berlin where he founded the AutonomousSystemLaboratory, being part of the SUPERKUBUS. eV, an association and platform for development and exchange between Art, Design and Science. During the past years he was internationally working on community generated technology, ie. PROTEI, an open source Sailing Drone and TAKU, a mobile lab for living, work and research. His work has been internationally exhibited ie. Arco(SP), Ars Electronica (AU), TEKS – MetaMorf (Norway) , Transnatural Festival, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media and DEAF (NL).
Open Buoy is a modular, open source vessel which serves as a freely accessible, experimental platform for Scientists and Artists to host their technology to monitor and sense water systems, on bayous, rivers, lakes or the ocean. The vessel is an open hardware design, built low cost, using hacked consumer electronics to replace otherwise expensive research instruments. It is collaboratively developed and aims to implement the users eventual research interests, for example coastal documentation, water quality analysis, or accustic recording, to name a few. By developing it incrementally and reacting to site specific requirements, the buoy shall grow naturally and help to learn and discover different topics and potential applications of such a floating platform in particular areas.
Image: Open Bouy
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Emily Nelson Corazon is currently living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. Formerly a first-grade teacher, she now works in a teacher support role, helping 33 new teachers get their footing. She came to New Orleans in 2011, after leaving Charlottesville, Virginia where she worked as an Aunspaugh Fellow in the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art. She graduated in 2010 from UVA with High Distinction in Studio Art.
Emily will collect and commission paintings and drawings of water landscapes in Southern Louisiana, rendered in various oil-based media. These images, made by community members of all ages and occupations, will then be subjected to layers of Corexit, the dispersant used in large quantities in the Gulf during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup.
Image: Some Food We Could Not Eat, 2011, video still
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Megan Singleton is an artist, educator, and nature explorer. Her work explores the intersection of dendritic systems and patterns found in waterway, plants, and paths of travel documented terrestrially and through satellite imagery. Her studio is based in Saint Louis Missouri, where she investigates the landscape and collects materials to be used for papermaking and sculptural applications. She is adjunct faculty at Webster University and the Art Institute of Saint Louis, where she teaches Papermaking, Photography, and Digital Art Classes.
As a resident, and participant in Ebb An Flow at A Studio in the Woods I will continue my research of aquatic invasive plants to be used in the paper making process and map my explorations of the Louisiana Landscape. I am interested in collaborating with researchers at the Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research to discover more about invasive species in this specific area and engage in dialog that seeks to see how artistic practices can influence scientific methods and how scientific methods can influence and artists practice. As an outcome of my experiences during this residency I will produce an edition of handmade books, pulp paintings, and a series of small-‐scale ceramic sculptures.
Image: Louisiana Bayous: Invasive Plant Collection Routes, handmade paper of water hyacinth, alligator weed, and abaca, 2012
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Laurel True is an artist and educator specializing in sculptural, architectural and site-specific mosaic projects. Her projects utilize mixed media and mosaic techniques and are focused mainly in urban and developing areas. True is co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, California and has lectured and taught internationally. She is committed to fostering arts education and social entrepreneurship. Over the last 25 years, through her production studio, True Mosaics Studio, True has created projects for public spaces, hospitality and health care institutions and for commercial and residential spaces. In addition to maintaining a professional studio practice, True facilitates community-based mosaic projects in the US, Africa, Latin America and Haiti through her organization, The Global Mosaic Project. Her work has been featured in independent and mainstream media, books and publications. She has created and facilitated hundreds of projects over the last 22 years, training thousands of project participants, students, apprentices and volunteers. She is a member of Americans for the Art, the National Art Education Association Community Built Association, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, and The Tile Heritage Foundation.
My project consists of the creation and exhibition of a series of sculptural mosaic forms that will float on the surface of water. I will be using the pond at ASITW as the first temporary exhibition space for this body of interactive work. The sculptures will be made from elements and materials collected from both the urban and the rural landscape, including glass, stone and recycled materials. Through the creation of this body of work, I will be exploring the juxtaposition of natural and urban-sourced elements, combined into synergistic floating forms that will interact with the environment through light, movement and reflection.
Image: Detail, Sacre (Sacred), Salvaged asphalt, concrete, vintage Italian glass, 2012
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Ebb & Flow is a 5-week residency based on the premise that Southern Louisiana can be seen as a microcosm of the global environment, manifesting both the challenges and possibilities inherent in human interaction with urban and natural ecosystems. We ask artists to describe in detail how the region will affect their work, to propose a public component to their residency and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community. A Studio in the Woods, located in the Louisiana wetlands, has observed firsthand the dynamic nature of this rapidly changing territory which in turn affects the entire northern hemisphere. We envision this as a powerful context for the exploration of critical thinking, the development of new ideas and strategies, and using the creative process as a catalyst for social change.
The water we experience is not just hydrogen and oxygen but is the intersection of water as a physical, economic, legal, spiritual, cultural and artistic thing. Those factors, and perhaps others, make up the third component of water, a component which this Studio in the Woods residency seeks to explore and express.
Mark Davis, Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy
Ebb & Flow Residencies are sponsored in part thanks to generous support of the The Ella West Foundation, The Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, and The Surdna Foundation. This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.