Mandiberg -Communal Values and Gender BalanceTwo of the projects that have kept Michael Mandiberg fully occupied last year might be categorized as 'social ecology' since they both address cultural conditions that reflect crucial environmental issues.The first involves replaced individualisms with communal values. The second involves asserting the influence of female perspectives that are typically overshadowed by male approaches and accomplishments
One - The Social Life of Artistic Property
Michael participated in an experiment in which he and eleven other artists gathered to discuss the relationship between art and property. They held twenty meetings over two and a half years with the goal of producing a volume that merged their observations and reflections. The group produced three pieces of writing about experiments in group living and three proposals for the future of artistic property, including initiatives that reimagine studio space, living space, and artwork. Together, they prodced a record of the group’s research and an invitation to consider ways to pursue artistic property as a social construct. Each example explore relationships (real and imagined) between artists and estate markets, art markets, and community living experiments. Mandiberg's contribution consisted of an oral history of 135 Rivington Street, a collectively-owned building purchased in 1981 by a group of art school alumni. Such a scheme would be financially inconceivable in today’s real estate market.
To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet documents the burgeoning eco art movement from A to Z, presenting a panorama of artistic responses to environmental concerns, from Ant Farm’s anti-consumer antics in the 1970s to Marina Zurkow’s 2007 animation that anticipates the havoc wreaked upon the planet by global warming. This text is the first international survey of twentieth and twenty-first-century artists who are transforming the global challenges facing humanity and the Earth’s diverse living systems. Their pioneering explorations are situated at today’s cultural, scientific, economic, spiritual, and ethical frontiers. The text guides students of art, design, environmental studies, and interdisciplinary studies to integrate environmental awareness, responsibility, and activism into their professional and personal lives.
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