BOOK LAUNCH: CHOPPER! CHOPPER! POETRY FROM BORDERED LIVES

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DON’T MISS NEXT THURSDAY’S BOOK LAUNCH!

Also if you are interested in Veronica Reyes poetry there will be some readings happening this weekend:

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On 26th September interview on a radio program called “Over Coffee” on Lancer Radio, an affliate of Pasadena Community College

http://lancerradio.org/category/over-coffee/

On Saturday, Sept. 28th at 12pm, I’m at Memorial Park in Pasadena for the SGValley Pride Festival. Here is the link:

http://sgvpride.org/sgvpride2013/authors-forum/

On Sunday, Sept. 29th, I’m at West Hollywood Book fair. I’m reading on the Poetry Corner Stage at 2pm for 20 minutes. here is the link: http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org/?page_id=11345

 

And If you like you can listen to her interview here: http://twomaverix.net/2013/09/east-l-a-is-her-heart/

THE RACE FOR WATER IS APPROACHING

Press release in English and in French

Press release 23 september 2013

Discover the new exhibition
“Race for Water – Preserving water”!

rom 4 October to 15 December 2013 Race for Water Foundation is co-organising with the SIG (Services Industrials of Geneva) an exhibition on the preservation of oceans and freshwater !Visitors will be led in a fun and interactive way to explore the mysteries of water, in order to better understand why and how our Planet’s most precious resource needs to be better preserved !

The exhibition is located in a symbolic place on the water in the heart of Geneva, and will be divided in three spaces:

FRESHWATER
OCEANS
PRESERVATION

Not to forget our common thread named TITEUF, the most precious ambassador of the RACE FOR WATER Foundation !

EXHIBITION LOCATION
Quartier Libre SIG, Pont de la Machine 1, 1204 Genève

OPENING HOURS
From Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm – FREE ENTRANCE

GUIDED VISITS AND FAMILY WORKSHOPS
Register here: 00 41 (0) 22 420 75 75 or exposition@sig-ge.ch

Quartier Libre
Espace Expo SIG
Pont de la Machine 1
1204 Genève
0041 (0) 22  420 75 75
exposition@sig-ge.ch
www.sig-ge.ch/espace-exposig

Anne-Cécile Turner, Directrice
0041 (0) 79 897 31 07
acturner@multioneattitude.com
www.multioneattitude.com

Race For Water Foundation

Av. de Provence 4

Lausanne 1007

Switzerland

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The RACE FOR WATER Foundation is a charity dedicated to water preservation. It aims to educate and raise awareness on two major issues related to water pollution of lakes and oceans by plastic and preservation of freshwater. The Foundation has set up a program on three principles:LEARN: to raise public awareness
SHARE: work together to make a difference
ACT: implement concrete solutions
 

KHOBZ

While I’d like to remind everybody one more time of the show The Map is not the Territory at the  Jerusalem fund gallery Al-Quds in Washington DC, I also take the opportunity to post the work and its statement currently on display there.

Also The Jerusalem Fund Gallery website has been updated with 3 new videos and a wonderful artist talk with D.C.-based arists Mona El-Bayoumi, Phoebe Farris and Helen Zughaib http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/sp/i/225/pid/225

This time it’s not plastic bags!

DSCF0320CRUMBS OF LAND: KHOBZ A WORD FOR FREEDOM Globalization: a beautiful intention with frightening consequences, a grotesque artifice or simply the natural outcome of the human process of evolution? It is in this globalized world of low costs airlines fares and wars on petrol that I have been mapping my territory. I have been weaving my relationships among people across different nations and cultures, petrol and wars rule the trajectory of my heart. A world coming together in a burst of technology whilst generations of young nomadic souls traverse the universal river of interconnectedness only to reach the patrolled shores of globalization. And I wonder where the line between global interconnectivity trespassing on cosmic consciousness might be. Maybe right here, where the illusion of freedom dissolves into blood soaked imperialism enmeshed in individualism. How much longer can I be spared by war? How much longer will my life-style enslave my neighbour? Whichever nationality, race or belief I am still tied in the same cosmic string of molecules: humanity trapped inside a pang of drops bleeding across territories. I, a middle-class, white, European, woman, travel the fractured land smuggling my consciousness whilst stepping on the crumbs of someone else’s bread, some else’s freedom.

COMING SOON AT PALAZZO BOTTIGELLA IN PAVIA

fotoSome of you might still remember the beautiful Renaissance Palazzo in Pavia: Palazzo Bottigella also called il Gandini.

Last spring my bags passed through that historic city landmark and for few months took over its courtyard and the upper loggia.

Well, this time the Curator Marinagela Calisti invited more artists to invade that space with contemporary art and to open its door to the city life with the show entitled THE ROOMS.

Each artist will interact with one of the Palazzo’s rooms. The exhibitions opens on 27th September.

In the meantime Marinagela Calisti is working hard to create a meeting point for contemporary culture that can embrace the town’s history and its artistic activities and that can also regularly function as a landmark of exchange.

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Beautifully Shopwrecked: A London Oxymoron

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Several months ago I was approached by Cristina Ramos and Elisabetta Rabajoli, two young and promising curators attending Nico de Oliveira’s CURATING THE CONTEMPORARY MA porgramme at the London Metropolitan University.

The fact that I had graduated from that same university and that Nico had been my tutor was just a pure coincidence that led to a very exciting but challenging project.

Elisabetta and Cristina’s elaborated a project where not only I had to come up with a definition for a term to describe or predict London’s future, but I also had to complement that word with an artwork of mine which had to frame the definitions of the terms written for the occasion by writers: Daniel F. Herrmann, Oliver Carruthers, Nick Haeffner, Duncan Hay, Mark Hutchinson, Nina Power and Nick Bearman. To top it all up the work had to be installed by the curators themselves.

But that’s not all. I was away from London and could only fly in on one specific day to bring the artwork in and to view the space. BUT, but, my luggage got lost and landed in Munich instead. Only after one whole and stressful week the luggage chase ended, this time at the post office: the last resort for a last attempt to try to get my work to its final destination.

Well, let me tell you, quite an Odyssey all together. Eventually everything did come together and now I am feeling overjoyed to have been able to be part of this experience.

Elisabetta who I was able to briefly meet at the Venice Biennale  and Cristina who unfortunately I’ve never met, have done a great job with my bags and the show is finally opening tonight at Rich Mix in East London. I would like to thank Pauline Desouza and Hannah Garrett from Diversity Art Forum for all their amazing support in making this show happen. Also, I need to mention that this exhibition is a joint collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery which I think is doing a great job supporting young curators and the London Metropolitan University.

I am posting few pics Cristina and Elisabetta have sent me so far. For more info the link to the venue: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/london-future-the-floating-city/ The show runs until September 21th

By the way the titles of this work is: Beautifully Shopwrecked: A London Oxymoron

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Here is also the term I came up with and its definition:

To be honest with you I had moments I wanted to swap it with the term Cloudy and with another work of mine titled: It always rains on wet! That would have been very appropriate for London and for adventure.I HEART 3D quick update

Beautifully shopwrecked: A London Oxymoron

DICTIONARY NEW ENTRY!

SHOPWRECK

Definition of shopwreck

noun (plural shopwrecks)

1 [mass noun] the aggregate of people whose sole economic policies are based on

consumption and whose principles of the market have become universal principles of

human sentiment and behaviour.

• the community that can only function through excess consumerism as by the

commodification of nature and therefore of the fundamental values of human beings.

• the society reduced to dependence from a rampant materialistic ideology where the

greater progressive consumption of goods is economically and socially beneficial but in fact

acts to the disadvantage towards all natural orders.

• the civilization that could only survive whilst anchored to a system of reckless

consumption and waste and whose culture is marooned in materialist values of possession.

2 the collapsing of all social and natural domains into single western market logic.

all that reckless shopping heralds shopwreck

figurative

by rejecting conscience, they have made a shopwreck of their future

verb

(be shopwrecked)

(of a person or society) suffer a shopwreck: feel shopwrecked: to shopwrecked a place:

The economy has shopwrecked that Country

He felt as he had just shopwrecked his life

(as adjective shopwrecked)

a person so desperate that seemed shopwrecked

Origin: shop + wreck

Shop:

Middle English: shortening of Old French eschoppe ‘lean-to booth’, of West Germanic

origin; related to German Schopf ‘porch’ and English dialect shippon ‘cattle shed’. The verb

is first recorded (mid 16th century) in the sense ‘imprison’ (from an obsolete slang use of

the noun for ‘prison’).

Wreck:

Middle English (as a legal term denoting wreckage washed ashore): from Anglo-Norman

French wrec, from the base of Old Norse reka ‘to drive’; related to wreak

THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY PICS OF THE OPENING NIGHT

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Unfortunately I was not able to attend the opening of the show: THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagmar Painter that just opened last week on 6th September at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al Quds in Washington DC.For those people that like me were not there I am posting some pics of the opening night that the curators have kindly shared with us. Also you can go to the Gallery website for more info and images of the works: www.thejerusalemfund.org/gallery Also just to remind you that the show will run through October 18th.

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London Future: The Floating City 13th-21th September

einvite -Floating City.On behalf of Diversity Arts Forum and curators Cristina Ramos and Elisabetta Rabajoli, I would like to invite you to the London Future: The Floating City exhibition taking place at the RichMix Lower Gallery.
The exhibition will explore the concept of London in the future through a collaboration of phrases and collected ideas to form an index. This index will be the frame for a site-specific installation by Claudia Borgna. Borgna has described the intention of her work as building ‘an awareness and make a comment on the way we are living, on our values and how they effect the environment’ which epitomizes the idea of the London Future exhibition. Borgna will also be showcasing this year at the Cologne International Video Festival and at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington, D.C. USA. Writers of the index include Nick Haffner, Nick Baerman, Mark Hutchinson, Duncan Hay, Nina Power, Oliver Carrutheirs and Danial F. Herrmann.
For more info click on the Catalogue images here below:
I I would like to officially thank Pauline Desouza from Diversity Forum and Hannah Gatter.

And some rough sketches:

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RACE FOR WATER coming soon in GENEVA

Invitation_online_race_for_water-page-001 Invitation_online_race_for_water-page-002This exhibition will be held in “Quartier Libre -Pont de la Machine” in the heart of Geneva City from 4 October to 15 December 2013. The entrance will be free. The visitors will discover the mysteries of water to a better preservation and it will be divided in three spaces.

1. Freshwater:
Water footprint – in the first part, visitors can discover the various challenges of water conservation including key facts and figures, videos explaining the stakes, and information panels on the subject.

2. Oceans:
Sailing for the planet!
In the second area, visitors will discover an unique approach: How Race for Water Foundation is inventing a new tangible way of preserving the most precious resource on the planet, through an offshore sailing race, and its ambassador boat Race for Water, skippered by Steve Ravussin.

3. Preservation:
The end of this exhibition will take the visitor to reflect on his personal involvement on water footprint, discover the stakes of plastic pollution in the oceans and will be invited to offer his own solution to reduce his water consumption!

The opening will be on Thursday 3rd October

IMPORTANT LINKS: http://www.multioneattitude.com/en/

http://www.multionedesign.com/en/teams/15/race-for-water.html

For this exhibition I have made 19 flowers to be hanged by the curators inside the Venue.

Here are pics of one sample out of its future context:

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The TITLE of the work is: FORGET ME NOT. and this is my statement to go with it:

How to frame the sea? How to trap water?

Both seem impossible tasks, yet man has been prolifically industrious in damaging great parts of this vital asset: our most comprehensive resource. But can he create a new replacement for water or even just a close imitation of it? “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, Magritte would then say!

Art has great influence but is not supernatural and nor is man. He would have to be invested with nature’s magical powers. Then again, could he really be a self-contained substitute as generous and responsible as nature?

As much as he is trying to fool around with nature, the best he can really do is try to complement it, if not with love then with gratefulness, if not with respect then with education, because ultimately we all need our water. I like mine clean, pure and crime free, and you?

For many, to advocate for water might seem a romantic, maybe naive, possibly poetic banal act, maybe just as obvious as marvelling a timid wild flower or an overlooked plastic bag.

‘Forget me not’, for water will remember when we will not have nor memories or identity left but a consumed landscape of discarded leftovers.

An ocean framed by flowers, is the nostalgic image of ‘green’ beauty and purifying sensations that I keep trapped in my mind while the rustling of plastic bags remind me of the freshwater ‘forget me nots’ need to bloom.

Water and plastic bags, both commodified global goods, symbols of the daily struggle between nature and western culture.

CHOPPER CHOPPER! Poetry from bordered lives

Chopper!Chopper! VReyesEverybody watch out for this: CHOPPER CHOPPER! Poetry from Bordered Lives by Verónica Reyes is about to come out. If you are into poetry and like to support the arts, and my partner, here is how to order a copy of it.

Many readings across the USA will follow soon in conjunction with this publication. 

Press release and Pre-sale form are here below

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