CSArts ( Climate, Sustainability and the Arts) Temple University + Harvestworks NY present new virtual installations by Peter d’Agostino and Tania Fraga. Onsite at the Charles Library, Temple University, and online at Harvestworks.
Date: April 4 – 8, 2022.
Time: 7 PM EDT
Location: STREAM HERE for the virtual installations starting at 7 pm on April 4 – 8, 2022.
World-Wide-Walks / between earth & sky / DONEGAL (2022) Peter d’Agostino
This video-web-sculptural installation was originally commissioned by Leonardo / Olats for Lovely Weather: Art & Climate Change, an exhibition at County Donegal’s Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Ireland in 2010. Video walks were performed near and beyond the Centre at significant natural and cultural sites in Ireland. NASA satellite weather maps and climate data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) augmented the views from the ground.
The installation is composed of a green tent-like enclosure, a framed window, and a web portal. The enclosure contains a nine-channel video projection of the walks. They include: Arranmore Island, Doon Fort, Mt. Errigal, Inishkeel Island, Kilclooney Dolmen, Grianan of Aileach, Maghera Cave, Beltany Stone Circle, and Newgrange. The window with a transparent image of a wind turbine looks out at the urban landscape. Nearby is another flat screen with a solar powered light. An interactive website, located at the center of the space, displays live weather maps, climate data and quotations from scientific, technological, and poetical sources.
Produced by Peter d’Agostino, Deirdre Dowdakin and David I. Tafler.
Virtual model: Danielle Hope Abrom
CRACT (Reference Center for Art, Science, and Technology) (2022) Tania Fraga
The Center ( in-progress ) will focus on promoting sustainability through the examination of behaviors and attitudes toward consumption practices and consideration of their consequences and impacts. Proposed interdisciplinary research and exhibitions in the arts, science and technology will range from aesthetic and poetic forms to new semiotic and sensory modes of communication. CRACT will emphasize the concept of Extended Durability to encourage the creation of long- lasting products with minimal environmental impact.
The building will have a self-supporting industrial roof, an underground area for capturing and treating rainwater, a workshop space, a ground floor with indoor and outdoor spaces for exhibitions, workshops, and services, and a floor with areas for housing accommodations. The sewage will follow the Brazilian Company for Environment Preservation model for building septic tanks that recycle sewage through planting flowers and fruit trees.Photovoltaic solar panels, similar to those used for water heating, will provide electricity. Virtual model: Tania Fraga.
Support for the virtual installations: Climate, Sustainability and the Arts (CSArts), Film & Media Arts Sustainability Fund, Temple University, and Harvestworks Digital Arts Center.
Peter d’Agostino’s pioneering video, photography, and new media projects have been exhibited internationally for over five decades. His work was in the biennial exhibitions of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Gwangju, South Korea; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive; Oakland Museum of California; National Gallery of Canada; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Belgium; CaixaForum, Barcelona; among others. D’Agostino’s grants and fellowships include: the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Trusts, Onassis Foundation, Japan Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT. He was an artist-in-residence at the TV Laboratory, WNET, New York, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Italy as well as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and the Art / Sci Center University of California, Los Angeles. Surveys of his World-Wide-Walks projects were exhibited at University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne Art Gallery, Bizkaia Art Gallery, Bilbao, Spain; and Laboratorio Arte Alemeda, Mexico City. The book, World-Wide-Walks / Peter d’Agostino: Crossing Natural-Cultural-Virtual Frontiers (2019), was published by Intellect Press, UK and the University of Chicago Press, USA.
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Tania Fraga is a Brazilian architect and artist. She holds a Ph.D. in the Communication and Semiotics Program, Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Until 2003 Dr Fraga was Professor and Coordinator of the Graduation Studies
of the Art Institute at University of Brasilia, Brazil. She has been a member of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, USA, and the Advisory Research Committee of the Banff New Media Centre, Canada; a Visiting Scholar at the Computer Science Department at The George Washington University, Washington DC, and an Artist-in-Residence at The Bemis Foundation, USA, with a grant from the Fulbright Commission. She works with computer art and has been showing and publishing her work in national and international exhibitions, lectures, workshops, seminars and conferences. Her research is related to virtual reality and the creation of artworks looking for the integration of affection among humans, virtual and physical objects through computer technology. Recent research deals with the integration of computer based artworks with neural technologies. Such artworks weave knowledge and artistic processes with computational technologies aiming creative results at integrating art, science and technology; results with poetic, aesthetic and functional qualities; results exploring emergency and agency for their construction, design and set up. Visit the website.