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Ellen Jantzen, Holding a Mirror up to Progress

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Memorial Day Weekend
Closing Event Schedule

Sunday, May 27, 4:00-7:00 pm

4:00 p.m.
Carol Lafayette Talk
Learn about the origins and workings of the interactive installation
atta by our featured artist from Texas,folowed by Q&A.

5:00 p.m.
Heidi Hensley Solo

Join us for an unusual performance by this well-known Athens' area musician

With warm-up by the new group: Bluewing
a vocal trio who sing three part harmonies, accompanied by guitar
(Bluewing is Jenny deRevere, Amber Fetner and Jean Spencer)

6:00 p.m.
BBQ on the porch:
with donations from Trumps, Earthfare, and the Daily Co-op

Suggested donation for the concert and meal: $6.00 - $9.00


Saturday, May 19
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Screening of Cabin Field (39 min)
a film by Laura Kissel

and two shorts, Big Twig by Jay Critchley (9 min)
and Urban Life by Marco Villani of Italy (7 min)

Laura Kissel's experimental, non-fiction film explores the site of Cabin Field, a mile-long stretch of agricultural land in Crisp County, Georgia. Through the memories of land owners, farmers, residents and agricultural laborers past and present, "Cabin Field" examines evidence both visible and submerged, material and ephemeral. It will be preceded by two shorts: Big Twig, by Jay Critchley takes a provocative look at Boston’s decade-old mega-highway project, known to residents as 'The Big Dig.' Villani's Urban Life is a visually sumptuous and poetic piece featuring stunning contemporary Italian architecture. In the artist's words it "
focuses on urban life as an organic unit in which elements of architecture, urban politics, human aggregates and psychic elements converge." (More on these fascinating films can be found on the artists' websites, just click on their names above.)

Complimentary Popcorn and Soda!
Suggested donation: $3.00 - $7.00

Sunday, May 13
9:00 pm
In a Maze/On a Farm:
Readings, Reflections, and Questions

A performance with discussion featuring:
Chris Cuomo, Denise Posnak, Stephanie Allen & a Chorus of Others. 

Have you heard it said that we are all just like "ants in a maze"? Created specifically in response to the current ATHICA exhibit, this work-in-progress by a philosopher, a dancer, a vegan musicologist, and a chorus of commentators will explore the meanings of that fear, and its many implications.
As featured Ruburbs installation artist Carol LaFayette's work atta illustrates, the lives of ants on a farm are more interesting, autonomous, and varied than our stereotypes indicate. Tunnels lead to various chambers filled with other bodies, challenges, and goodies. Squirming through our own path can be a good way to create more pleasant spaces, or to weaken the integrity of structures that ought to cave. You may leave this evening's event feeling a bit more informed, and perhaps even a bit more optimistic, about life in your maze.
Chris Cuomo is a performance artist, activist, and Professor of Philosophy who has published in the field of ethics and the environment. She is also Director of the UGA Institute for Women’s Studies.
Denise Posnak is a choreographer, performer, and teacher who is currently a visiting lecturer in the UGA department of dance. She has performed and worked in California, the Midwest, and Hungary.
Stephanie Allen is a vocalist and a graduate student in UGA's Hugh Hodgson School of Music who has carved a niche for herself as a Bjork scholar.
Suggested donation: $6.00 - $12.00

  Saturday, May 5
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Athens-area affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and the E3 Sculptors use scale models of four different phases of a Habitat home to explain the infrastructure and ecological cost of creating a Habitat subdivision and the implications of the additional people in the county. Athens' area sculptor and arts organizer Lawrence Stueck and his band of Athens Academy students are the E3 Sculptors.

Saturday, March 31st, 2007 - Sunday, May 27th, 2007
Ruburbs & Other Spaces In Between:
Land Use and Environmentalism
Curator: Quinn Gorman | Assistant Curator: Sage Rogers
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Catherine Plaisance, Tourbillon d'Inconscience Carol LaFayette, atta
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  • ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce its spring exhibit, Ruburbs & Other Spaces In Between: Land Use and Environmentalism, a look at the oft-neglected spaces, both geographically and conceptually, in present-day environmentalism. Rather than focus attention on either wilderness as an ideal or industrialwastelands as an indictment of human influence, these twelve artists' worksillustrate the productive interweaving of human and nonhuman, culture and nature, development and conservation. They also suggest how we inevitably shape landscapes by identifying desirable visions of “nature” and making decisions in their pursuit.
    The exhibition's centerpiece, the interactive multimedia installation, atta, is by Texas artist Carol Lafayette. (See catalog below for more information.)

    Historical Note:
    On 5/10 the theft of Carol Lafayette's G4 Mac Laptop prevented the 'atta' installation from running interactively as designed for the remainder of the run. Instead, two DVD projections ran in the place of the original interactive imagery so that some of the original content could be enjoyed.

    Participating Artists

    Featuring atta, a multimedia interactive installation by Carol Lafayette (Bryan, TX)


    Steven Bleicher (Conway, SC), Gary Carlos (San Francisco, CA), Jay Critchley (Provincetown, MA), Terri Dilling (Atlanta, GA), Cheryl Gilge (Riverside, CA), Karen Hennessee (Atlanta,GA), Bryan Hiott (New York City, NY), Ellen Jantzen (Valencia, CA), Jenn Manzella (Athens, GA), Catherine Plaisance (Quebec, Canada), Marco Villani (Genova, Italy)

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