Art and Activism Against the Drill. Through documentary videos, photography by Jacques del Conte and Michael Forster Rothbart, commissioned works, public responses and literature, it will engage the public in dialogue on this issue through public lectures and calls to action and encourage audiences to continue educating themselves and their communities on the process of gas extraction that is contaminating water supplies worldwide.
Exit Art announces Fracking: Art and Activism Against the Drill. Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a means of gas extraction that accesses gas trapped more than a mile below the earth’s surface. This exhibition, a project of SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics), will expose this process of gas extraction that is contaminating water supplies worldwide. Through documentary videos, photography by Jacques del Conte and Michael Forster Rothbart, commissioned works, public responses and literature, it will engage the public in dialogue on this issue through public lectures and calls to action and encourage audiences to continue educating themselves and their communities on fracking and its detrimental effects.
Exit Art invited the public to respond to the issue of fracking by submitting a postcard via mail with original artwork on one side and a written statement on the other. The dozens of responses we received will be on view, forming a collective call to end fracking; postcards will be accepted throughout the run of the exhibition and will be added as they are received.
Organized by Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator, with Peggy Cyphers, Ruth Hardinger, and Alice Zinnes.
June Ahrens, Guy and Mary Arnold, Sabrina Artel, Kevin Bourgeois, Dianne Bowen, Miriam Brumer, Lois Carlo, Pamela Casper, Peggy Cypher, Carrie Dashow and Suzanne Thorpe, Jacques del Conte, Linda DiGusta, Debra Drexler, Dennis Edge, Mariah Fee, Xeth Feinberg, Jane Fire, Sandy Gellis, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Elizabeth Ginsberg, Edith Gould, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Ruth Hardinger, Erica Hart, Heide Hatry, Mary Hrbacek, Michael Lebron, Michael Leong, Linda Levit, Ellen Levy, Glenn Lieberman, Norm Magnusson, Angela Manno, E.J. McAdams, Jenny McNutt, Philip Metres and Kristen Baumlier, William Meyer, Rifka Milder, Ron Moroson and Miriam Bloom, C. Michael Norton, Tom Otterness, Tina Potter, Jane Prettyman, Aviva Rahmani, Michael Forster Rothbart, Allan Rubin, Christy Rupp, Kevin Ryan, Paul Lloyd Sargent, Laura Sheinkopf / Jesse Goldstein / Molly Fair, Barbara Slitkin, Susan Smith, Robin Jane Solvang, Sasha Sumner, Naomi Teppich, Robin Tewes, Edwin Torres, Chris Twomey, Mark Wiener, Jeanne Wilkinson, Alice Zinnes.
POSTCARDS BY: June Ablele, Irina Adam, Ivan Alechine, Audrey Anastasi, Nancy Azara, Mike Ball, Andrea L. Beeman, Zigi Ben-Haim, Darla Bjork, J.K. Black, Sarah Bliss, Louise Bloom, David Borawski, Keith A. Buchholz, Uma Bullock, Milanka Bunard, Abraham Cahn, Raquel Camara, Lindsay Carone, Ed Cheng, Clark Clarke, Maurizio Collini, Marcia Cooper, Linus Coraggio, Kathy Creutzburg, Janet Culbertson, Josiah Cuneo, Gina Cuneo, Steve Dalachinsky, Daniel De Culla , Bryan Derballa, Cecilia Devine, Daria Dorosh, Michael P. Duncan, William Durkin, Willis Elkins, Jordan Essoe, Jacinto Estevez Garcia, Edward Fausty, Alan Finkel, Ann Finneran, David Fry, Sean Patrick Gallagher, Dylan Gauthier, Sandy Gellis, Ali Gracie, Dustin Grella, Julie Guoss, Jedd Haas, Parker Hamill, Sofia Heimowitz, Christine Heller, Sarah Hincley, Jean Hricik, Akiko Ichikawa, George Jacob, Taylor Jaffe, Ramona Jan, Lucian Jones, Robert Kirkbride, Richard J. Kreznar, Nick Lamia, Ian Laughlin, Cecile Lawrence, Gwyneth Leech, Ellen Levy, Larry Litt, Angela Manno, Marina March, Anna Mattila-Tolvanen, Sarah McCoubrey, Anna Jane McIntyre, Michael McKeown, Brandi Merolla, Rifka Milder, Lisa Moren, Ron Morosan, Leo Morrissey, Margaret Neill, Reynolds Norman-Tenazas, Clemente Padin, Catherine Pena, Nicholas R. Pena, Connie Perry, Olivia Racette, B. Raux, Pat Roberts, G. Ross, Brie Ruais, Deborah Scheider, Scott Schultheis, Laurel Shute, Marilyn Silver, Susan Smith, Joan Sonnenfeld, Martin Springhetti, Sharon Suess, Kendra Sullivan, Jaromir Svozilik, Theodore Taffe, Sandra Taggart, S. Tanger, Naomi Teppich, Catherine Tirr, Dennis Tonifrins, Teressa Valla, Adrian Vega, Hanna Von Goeler, Dave Walczak, Lili White, Stephanie Wooster, Tamara Wyndham, Barbara Zweig.
Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a means of gas extraction that accesses gas trapped more than a mile below the earth’s surface. When a well is fracked, small earthquakes are produced by the pressurized injection of millions of gallons of fresh water combined with sand and chemicals, releasing the gas, as well as toxic chemicals, heavy metals and radioactive materials that contaminate air and water.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed under the guidance of then-Vice President Dick Cheney, exempts fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act and major provisions of other protective laws, virtually eliminating the gas industry’s liability and E.P.A.’s regulatory oversight. Exemption from the Community Right to Know Law also absolves the gas industry from being required to report the actual chemicals used in the drilling processes—chemicals that can severely contaminate the water supply and cause serious illnesses. A drilling moratorium is in effect in New York State until the D.E.C. issues fracking regulation, potentially paving the way for drilling to commence in New York in 2011.
ABOUT SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics)
SEA is a unique endeavor that presents a diverse multimedia exhibition program and permanent archive of artworks that address social and environmental concerns. SEA assembles artists, activists, scientists and scholars to address environmental issues through presentations of visual art, performances, panels and lecture series that will communicate international activities concerning environmental and social activism. Central to SEA’s mission is to provide a vehicle through which the public can be made aware of socially- and environmentally-engaged work, and to provide a forum for collaboration between artists, scientists, activists, scholars and the public. SEA functions as an initiative where individuals can join together in dialogue about issues that affect our daily lives. SEA was conceived by Exit Art Artistic Director Papo Colo.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 / 7-9pm
Fracking and Its Effects: A Panel Discussion
Host: Mark Ruffalo, Actor / Activist
Moderator: Tracy Carluccio, Activist
Panelists: Joe Levine, Lobbyist / Activist; Michael Lebron, Artist / Activist / Organizer; Al Appleton, Policy; Dr. Vince Pedre, Health Expert; Christy Rupp, Artist; and Josh Fox, Director / "Gasland"
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 / 7-9pm
SEA Poetry Series No. 6 with Phil Metres and Michael Leong
and an artist response by Jacques del Conte
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