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Jeff VanderMeer and Storytelling in the Anthropocene, at DePaul

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by | March 15, 2017 · 20:06

Open Land Art & Fact Team: Interactive Installation at DePaul

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Mock up of the Open Land Art & Fact Team (O.L.A.F.T.) installation

The DePaul Institute for Nature & Culture is delighted to announce the upcoming installation of a new work of art on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus. Conceived by Chicago photographer Doug Fogelson, Openlands Artist-in-Residence 2015-16, and executed by Fogelson and the Open Land Art & Fact Team in collaboration with Openlands.org, O.L.A.F.T. will be installed at DePaul University in April, as an interactive workstation. In an initial proposal, Fogelson described the project as a “conceptual art intervention.” At this stage, the audience is integral to the work:

This is meant to be an interactive experience where participants are invited to read, inspect, and comment on the items in the shelves. The table has instructions with stickers and comment cards that participants can affix to the back of photographs in the bin and leave with the objects. Artifacts in [sealed] bags are assorted natural objects such as leaves or twigs and assorted refuse such as plastic packaging, [that] have been found in forest or prairie preserves. There are also white sheet printed documents with demographic and ecological information on the locations (Initial Proposal).

The installation will be hosted by DePaul’s John T. Richardson Library in conjunction with Earth Day programming and the April 19th visit to the University of New York Times best selling author, Jeff VanderMeer (McGowan South, Room 108, 6:30-8:30 pm). University leaders are delighted by the obvious topical connections between Fogeslon’s work and Vandermeer’s, as well as the aesthetic resonance of O.L.A.F.T. and VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy.

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Fogelson collaborated with a team of artists, over the course of a year, to photograph and creatively survey eight Openland sites. Faculty and students from all colleges, schools, and disciplines are invited to visit the installation, examine the maps, photographs, and artifacts, and add their responses to the project. By interacting with this installation/social experiment, faculty and students will contribute to “meaningful public conversation about the relationship between humans and the spaces we occupy,” in effect co-creating a regional research project and work of art (Open Land Art & Fact Team: O.L.A.F.T. Proposal).
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The installation will be located against the west wall on the second floor of the Richardson Library, near room 201, and will be accessible to faculty and students throughout the Spring semester.

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Lead Artist: Doug Fogelson
Installation: Open Land Art & Fact Team (O.L.A.F.T.)
Dates: April 1st – June 1st 2017.
Location: John T. Richardson Library,
2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614,
Second Floor, west wall, near Room 201

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Octopalypse

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Octopus in the parking garage is climate change’s canary in the coal mine

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One Earth Film Festival, Chicago

See You March 3-12, 2017!

For more than 5 years, One Earth Film Festival has selected a slate of acclaimed environmental films paired with compelling, awareness-raising programs. On offer this year are 47 screenings of 30 films in 39 venues, including 10 universities/colleges, 10 churches, 3 museums, 3 mainstream movie theaters and more. This year, 15 filmmakers will attend 13 screenings, bringing their personal voices to post-film conversations.

Celebrate with us at our kick-off event: the Green Carpet Gala, on Friday, March 3. To learn about becoming a sponsor or donor, please contact sally@oneearthfilmfest.org. To volunteer, please contact volunteer@oneearthfilmfest.org.

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Federal agencies ordered to restrict their communications

The Washington Post,  Politics.

January 24

At the EPA, for example, communications staff received a memo instructing them that “no social media will be going out” and “a digital strategist will be coming on board” to oversee it. It added, “Incoming media requests will carefully screened.”

According to a former agency official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, members of Trump’s EPA landing team spent significant time asking about who controlled the department’s communications levers, especially regarding social media.

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#DayAgainstDenial: Thousands Demand the Senate Stand Up to Trump’s Climate Denial Cabinet

Re-posted from GREENPEACE, January 10, 2017

by Ryan Schleeter

Donald Trump has nominated a slate of climate deniers and literal oil CEOs to lead his administration — but the people are fighting back.

If President-elect Donald Trump thought he would be able to steamroll the American people and appoint any science-denying white dude he wanted to his cabinet, then the people just proved him wrong.

Yesterday, thousands of people across all 50 states took action as part of the #DayAgainstDenial, demanding the Senate reject Trump’s nominations to lead the Departments of State, Energy, Interior, and the EPA — all of whom reject basic climate science. Already these demonstrations are having an impact: at least one Senate office said this was the largest meeting with voters they’ve ever had.

Take a look at these scenes from the people-powered movement to resist Trump.

Read more and see photos here.

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Local news (below) by Christine Skolnik, Environmental Critique

On January 9th, people all over the country, under the auspices of 350.org, gathered to send a message to U. S. Senators: “Reject Donald Trump’s reckless climate denying cabinet nominees.”

Here in Chicago, members of local 350 chapters and allied organizations, headed by 350 Kishwaukee, protested at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building at 230 South Dearborn Street. Approximately 120 people gathered to hear speakers and voice their vehement objections to the climate denier cabinet. Protestor representatives, organized by 350 Kishwaukee’s Charles Ryan, also met with the staff of U. S. Senators, Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin, and delivered a petition urging them to stand strong on the climate, and fight back against these dangerous cabinet picks:

  • Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State
  • Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
  • Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
  • Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior

“The climate is changing, and anyone who denies it shouldn’t be in the White House cabinet.”

It’s up to us tell the Senate to stop these nominations.

Contact your Senators and tell them to fight Trump’s Climate Denial Cabinet.

Senator Dick Durbin’s Office: http://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/

More information here: https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2057&s_src=actions

And here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/RejectRex?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Check out these regional 350 Chapters who signed on and participated in the Day Against Denial.

350Kishwaukee

Chicago 350

Elgin Green Groups350 (EGG350 for short!)

350 Indiana-Calumet350 Indiana-Calumet

Forest City 350

Text and photo sources:

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/dayagainstdenial-thousands-demand-the-senate-stand-up-to-trumps-climate-denial-cabinet/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1230987060303459/

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