As part of AreaCode Art Fair, the collective BRIGHT ECOLOGIES (artists Patte Loper, Sheila Novak, and Mary Ellen Strom) is developing experimental artworks in Boston, MA, Bozeman, MT, and Queens, NY. The artists have identified three sites in the ‘urban wilds’ of these three cities, and will develop in-depth relationships with those sites over the course of August, 2020.
Together, BRIGHT ECOLOGIES will develop more-than-human participatory research methods and ethics to develop these new place-based artworks. The artists’ experimental methods and ethos will attempt to enter into shared, playful spaces of interspecies collaboration and care. The artists will create an on-line co-learning/un-learning lab together. The lab will provide a space to share their experiments and findings, compare strategies and present workshops and tutorials.
Working at the intersection of culture and the environment Three Studies in the Urban Wilds will expose ways that the environmental crisis was designed and has been maintained by white settler culture, industry and capitalism. Our climate emergency is accelerating at a much higher speed than white settlers’ awareness, empathy, or policies. Using feminist, radical pedagogical and decolonial ideas and practices, BRIGHT ECOLOGIES will work to develop empathic relationships with non-human change agents for the purpose of social and environmental justice.