Harvestworks Digital Arts Center presents a selection of Peter d’Agostino’s climate and nuclear
related video installations to coincide with COP 28, the UN Climate Change Conference. Within
this realm of broad global concerns, the Doomsday Clock has been set annually since 1947 by
the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, based upon threats posed by nuclear weapons, climate change, and prevailing wars. The 2023 Clock was moved forward to “90 seconds to midnight the closest to global catastrophe it has ever been.”
STREAM HERE for the virtual program starting at 7 pm Dec 4 and continuing to Dec 10, 2023.
THE PROGRAM features excerpts from d’Agostino’s video installations:
World-Wide Walks/ between earth & water / ICE (2014 / 2022)
Walks along the edge of glaciers at the top and bottom of the globe in Iceland, Alaska and Argentina to witness signs of global warming.
World-Wide Walks/ between earth & water / VENICE (2019-20)
Walks performed in Venice prior to the November 2019 annual ‘aqua alta’ flooding that engulfed the city with the greatest force in 50 years.
World-Wide Walks/ between earth & water / BEACH (2021)
Walking along Mendocino’s Big River Beach while the town was running out of water – a result of California’s decades long drought.
World-Wide Walks/ between earth & water / DESERTS (2015 / 2022)
Chihuahuan Desert walks among soaptree yucca plants, testaments to natural survival in the desert ecosystem; fields of petroglyphs dating back to the Ancestral Pueblo period; the location of the first Atomic Bomb detonated in 1945 preceding Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
World-Wide-Walks / between earth & sky / AUS ( 2003 / 2022)
Walks in the Australian outback and at a city march protesting nuclear proliferation are juxtaposed with scenes from the 1959 film, On the Beach.
Additional Support: CSArts ( Climate, Sustainability and the Arts) Temple University, Philadelphia.
Thanks to: Danielle Hope Abrom, 3D models; Alex Manescu, video editing; Reese Williams, sound.
World-Wide-Walks were Initiated as video ‘documentation/performances’ in 1973, evolving into video-web projects during the 1990s, and mobile-locative media installations focusing on climate change during the 2000s. Performed on six continents, the Walks installations are produced in limited editions for exhibitions. His videos, including World-Wide-Walks @ 40 (Selected Works, 1973-2012) are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, NY [ eai.org/artists/peter-d-agostino/titles] World-Wide-Walks @ 50 ( Selected Works, 1973-2023) will be available from EAI in 2024.
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; collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive; Oakland Museum of California; National Gallery of Canada; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Belgium; LaCaixaForum, Barcelona, among others. D’Agostino’s fellowships and grants include: National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Trusts, Japan Foundation, Onassis Foundation, Leonardo Art & Climate Change and Fulbright awards to Australia, Brazil and Italy. He was an artist-in-residence at the TV Laboratory at WNET, New York; Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Italy; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; a visiting artist fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT: American Academy in Rome, National Center for SuperComputing Applications, University of Illinois, and ArtSci Center, UCLA. Surveys of the World-Wide-Walks have been exhibited at: University of Paris I Pantheon Art Gallery; Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Bizkaia Aretoa, UPV/EHU Art Gallery, Bilbao, Spain. World-Wide-Walks / Peter d’Agostino: Crossing Natural-Cultural-Virtual Frontiers is published by: Intellect, UK and University of Chicago Press.
Visit the website [ peterdagostino.org/world-wide-walks]