The Living Library Lives On
Evolution of Life Frames: past, present, future has been Bonnie Sherk's ongoing project on Roosevelt Island since 1981. It just expanded its geographical range and cultural significance by being included in the prestigious "La Biennale de Venezia", curated by Christine Macel, Chief Curator of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Crossroads Community (the farm),1974-80, which is featured in my book, TO LIFE!, shared this honor. It was included in Sherk's biennial installation.
This presentation confirms that A Living Library is being adopted by, and adapted to, diverse communities. Its malleability in accommodating local resources and cultural conditions is formalized in the title of each new park is established. They are known as 'Branch' Living Library & Think Parks. But Sherk is equally committed to crafting the project as a global initiative. This, she manifests, by the linking the parks. This networks is known as Green-Powered Digital Gateways. Shrek explains that this local/global complementarity was cultivated"...so we can learn from, and share, our cultures and ecologies - near and far."
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.
To Life! website »