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Organized by MaryClaire Pappas, Tonje Haughland Sorenson, and Isabelle Gapp. “Reclaiming the Arctic through Feminist and Black Aesthetic Perspectives.” For the panel “Gender in the North.” Nordic Nature: Art, Ecology, Landscape. Bergen, Norway, June 17, 2022.
“Originating as a series of oral interviews conducted between the author, Lisa E. Bloom, and living Jewish American feminist artists, this collection of six chapters plus black-and-white illustrations posits that, in a postwar culture of assimilation, unacknowledged Jewish ethnicity manifests as a specter. The project of unveiling the ‘ghosts of ethnicity’ opens the artworks discussed to further levels of interpretation. Among the artists whose works are examined are Judy Chicago, Deborah Kass, Rhonda Lieberman, and Martha Rosler. Also of note, the second chapter highlights the self-proclaimed “maintenance art” of undersung Orthodox artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, known for her ongoing residency at the New York City Department of Sanitation.”
It is my contribution to an interactive living polar archive of ‘talking objects’ called The Call of Things — curated by Jessica Houston. The Call of Things draws upon convergences of multiple perspectives, where viewers can ‘call’ objects with their phones and listen to oral narratives and field recordings related to each polar artifact. The contributors range across disciplines, including ecologists, Indigenous leaders, sea ice, philosophers, poets, whales, and academics. The Call of Things situates the climate crisis in relation to social justice, questions of sovereignty, Indigenous rights, and political histories of land. It creates a platform for non-anthropocentric experiences, where stories are also told through animal songs and sounds of ice.
You can listen to the full project here: www.thecallofthings.net
Presented for the 2021 conference Emergence/y Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), July 26-August 6, 2021. With El Glasberg, May Joseph, and Sofia Varino, for the panel: “Aesthetic Responses to Environmental Emergencies: Creating New Forms of Collaborative Art and Media Practices.”