Sunday, February 15, 2009

From New Orleans to Hopedale

From New Orleans to Hopedale
37+ miles and two water crossings
14-15 February 2009

Orleans and St Bernard Parishes, Louisiana


with special thanks to all at A Studio in the Woods :
. Lucianne & Joe Carmichael
. Ama Rogan
. Cammie Hill-Prewitt
. Anne Mueller
. Dave Baker

Monique Verdin
Mollie Day

Selina & Joe Gonzalez
Matine and Xavier Verdin
Capt Mike Williams
Ken Wells

Bob Turner, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East
Stevan Spencer, Orleans Levee Board
Lake Borgne Basin Levee Board
Chris Gilmore, US Army Corps of Engineers

Randy Boudreaux, Southern Scrap Recycling

Bayou Bienvenue Flood Gate Operator :
Mark Theard, Orleans Levee District

Bayou Dupree Flood Gate Operator :
Captain Russell S Gelvin, Jr., Lake Borgne Basin Levee District

Supervisor, Pumping Station :
Peter S. Bauer, Lake Borgne Basin Levee District

Jan Gilbert
Dawn M. Barrios
Ryan Prewitt

the porpoise of MRGO
that donkey on the levee
the snake that didn't strike me
and the coyotes of Hopedale

and all the folks who came to Open Studio

thank you.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

fly me to the moon

Please consult your welcome packet in regards to Community Involvement and Meeting Artists and let us know if there are any New Orleans artists or other community members that you would like to meet during your residency, and if so, who?

01. Henri Schindler, Creative Director, Rex ; co-founder: Society de Ste Anne (walking club)
02. Ersy (Schwartz), bronze sculptor: “Hommage to Society Of Ste. Anne”. Arthur Roger Gallery, Ogden, NOCCA
03. members of the US Coast Guard, New Orleans esp if I can walk on neighboring USCG property
04. neighbors: Audubon Nature Institute, Endangered Species Research Center, Dr Betsy Dresser
05. people who are building designing re-designing, planning visioning changes in New Orleans area … ? possible interest: John Hoal, architect - H3 Studio, Unified New Orleans Plan or maybe not as literal as that --- could be natural or man-made, grand scale or small scale
06. anyone who wants to talk about MRGO !! (individuals, US Army Corps of Engineers, conservationists, pilots, researchers, ANY TULANE people, etc)
07. anyone with a boat who wants to go on Mississippi River or MRGO or in a swamp/bayou
08. people who want to walk
09. residents of Hopedale, LA
10. absolutely open to suggestions, surprises, serendipity !

is this you ??
do you know ?


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Friday, October 31, 2008

i went out for you today

I went out for you today, to the beach. not the beach where I held the wet stranger in the silence before the helicopter. no, not that one. I went to the one where I practiced cartwheels in the sand, one after another, as the dog barked and someone collected heart-shaped rocks.

I walk eyes shut today and listen.

I am listening for you today.

booming waves, low and wild, paired with crisp crunch of footfall.
the ocean rips, spray rises, foam erupting
fizzing as it races up the tideline.
in the shallows: clap, slap, slop.
ascending, descending, disappearing.

today another dog runs across my track,
skidding eight paces in the sand.
I go back and measure later.

I count curious pinholes in patterns still remaining,
more visible after the sun sinks, when shadows set.

I try to make a perfect impression.

the day you were listening for me:

it is not my time, I said to you
just the thought of it calmed me
as I watched the car spiral into the air
graceful yet struggling, like a fish fighting on the line

today is not my day I said to you,
as twisted metal slid in front of me
and I drove through it, heart pounding.

it was a brutal 90 degrees up there at the cemetery that afternoon
sweat beading down my spine as I ordered the two headstones
and walked the grid alone. Halloween. how goth, I joked later.

you were there, almost a stranger
but not quite


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Monday, August 04, 2008

hard sweet hard, the proposal

anne devine
hard sweet hard
a studio in the woods
changing landscapes

hard sweet hard is three card monte
hard sweet hard is tic tac toe
hard sweet hard is 7.66

hard sweet hard is science
hard sweet hard is math
hard sweet hard is art

hard sweet hard is alchemy
hard sweet hard is chance
hard sweet hard is magic

hard sweet hard is woods
hard sweet hard is water
hard sweet hard is walk

hard sweet hard is personal
hard sweet hard is perspective
hard sweet hard is performance

hard sweet hard is simultaneous
hard sweet hard is spontaneous
hard sweet hard is spectacular

hard sweet hard is collaboration
hard sweet hard is community
hard sweet hard is context

instructions for hard sweet hard:

01. begin with a willingness to engage anything
02. believe that people can do anything
03. proceed with joy
04. stop as needed to bring the humanity back
05. conclude in knowing no connection is too small

KEYWORDS: connecting, reclaiming, seeding, seeding behavior, networks, proximity, locus of control, translation, transformation.

THEORY: 7.66 is a changing landscape: loss of canopy (trees reaching a high level) is resulting in greater light and new strategy, seeding a more dynamic structure. Observing experiencing and examining this landscape will inform creative ways of reaching new and existing audiences for the dispersal of educational environmental information and the seeding of strong personal connection to our global ecosystem.

hard sweet hard is a series of investigational walks:

01. in the woods (7.66) – solo walks, walks with those knowledgeable of the local ecosystem (ie ASITW Environmental Steward/Curator Dave Baker), walks in communication with others/general public, and with invited guests as available

02. in the surrounding environment (beyond 7.66 among the woods, along the Mississippi River and the area’s natural environment, connecting with the local parish and its residents),

03. and a performative distance walk connecting ASITW with Tulane University (the academic site of Environmental Studies) and the residents of the city of New Orleans.

DIALOGUE: hard sweet hard is a working dialogue of exchange between the artist and the public, especially residents of the area. in presentation, I would like to hold an open studio day, invite people on a public group walk in the woods, and give an artist’s presentation of walks taken and work completed during residency, to include a text piece and a sound work.


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