Farm Stories   06.03.11

Right now at SPACES we've got Farmed, The New Agronomists. The exhibition looks at farming and the production of foods and goods. Each artist, in his or her own way, looks at the questions of land, material, and animal.

Michael Mercil put up a narrative trailer about his farmed plot of land at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. He also makes the myths of farming 3-dimensional with wall art and sculptures.

Amy Young is growing an edible garden made nutrient rich by worms. By feeding the worms uneaten food and old newspapers, the system transforms waste into food.

Just as these two artists offer commentary on farming and gardening, so too people with farms and gardens have been coming in and sharing with us their stories. Now we want you to share your farm and garden stories here! Some questions to consider: Why did you start your farm or garden? Was the outcome as you expected? What do you foresee as its future?

One more thing: If you are looking for an artist to add another element to your farm or garden, give Tiffany or Vince a call at Cleveland Public Art. Their number is 216-621-5330. They can also be reached at either (for Tiffany) or (for Vince). Enjoy!

photo by cwwycoff1 @ flickr.  see
photo by cwwycoff1 @ flickr. see

Keywords: amy young, farm stories, farmed, michael mercil
Category: Exhibitions

Agri-Cultured   06.01.11

In the early 1970s, Dorothy Retallack conducted experiments of the effects of sound and music on the growth of plants. She published her findings in a book entitled "The Sound of Music and Plants." As we all know from her findings and countless science fair projects, plants seem to respond positively to nature sounds and classical music (although there are persuasive arguments that mathematical heavy-metal is more beneficial to the plants).

We at SPACES are not as concerned about the physical growth of our plants, but of their cultural enrichment. That is why we have three flats of seedlings that receive at least 1 hour of culture each day. This culture comes in the form of experimental music, sound art, video art, art films, and exposure to art objects. We are documenting the daily exposure below. When you come into SPACES, you may take one plant home for free, continue to nourish and enrich it, and harvest its culture-laden fruits. You may select from sweet basil, mixed belle peppers, and swiss chard.

05.17: Tristan Perich's "1-Bit Symphony"
05.18: Ingmar Bergman's "Wild Strawberries"
05.19: Music mix from Pandora
05.20: Nicolas Philibert's "To Be and to Have"
05.21: Selections from The Vault
05.22: Amy Young's "Building a Rainbow"
05.23: Van Halen's "1984"
05.25: French New Wave Films
05.26: Michael Mercil's "Inventive Men"
05.27: Selections from The Vault
05.28: Selections from The Vault
05:29: Michael Mercil's "Covenant"
05.30: Memorial Day Vacation
05.31: Michael Apted's "42 Up"
06.01: Robert Bresson's "Au Hasard Balthazar"
06.02: Mills College Online Stream (experimental music)
06.03: Selections from UbuWeb's Ethnopoetics
06.04: Michael Mercil's "Ladder for Fruit Tree"
06.05: Relaxation
06.06: John Cage's 4'33"
06.07: "We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen"

This is an actual basil seedling you can take home.
This is an actual basil seedling you can take home.

Keywords: agriculture, farmed, green, seeds
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Exhibitions

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