Farmlab Public Salon
Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison
Friday, January 30, 2009 @ Noon

"Four Works on the Culture of Extraction"

About the Salon
Considering the contemporary condition that they describe as the Culture of Extraction, the Harrisons present four of their projects: the Serpentine Lattice, the Endangered Meadows of Europe, Green Heart of Holland, and Greenhouse Britain.


About the Salon Participants

"There is a gentle beauty in their work, and much charisma in the otherworldly maps and text panels that are poetic and personal rather than dryly official. The exhibition is, of course, a call to action, but it is foremost a lyrical meditation on what ecological disaster and collective recovery might one day look like."
Elizabeth Mahoney, The Guardian, 2008

Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists and urban planners to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.

The Harrison's concept of art embraces a breathtaking range of disciplines. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.

Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture and forestry issues among others. The Harrisons visionary projects have often led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations throughout the United States and Europe.

"Our work begins when we perceive an anomaly in the environment that is the result of opposing beliefs or contradictory metaphors. Moments when reality no longer appears seamless and the cost of belief has become outrageous offer the opportunity to create new spaces - first in the mind and thereafter in everyday life."

Further information about the Harrisons:

Image: A vision for the Green Heart of Holland, Installation at Gouda. Image courtesy the Harrisons

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At 9:38 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Any further information as to when the Harrisons will be re-scheduled?

At 10:33 AM , Blogger not a cornfield / under spring / farmlab said...

Hello Kathy - This salon hasn't been rescheduled, Helen and Mayer will be presenting on Friday 30th at noon, as announced

At 12:44 PM , Blogger not a cornfield / under spring / farmlab said...

Hi Again Kathy,

Our apologies for... our own web-based confusion!

The salon will indeed happen friday, jan 30, 2009 @ noon...

And you are of course correct as well -- the Salon was orginally scheduled for last year. We're delighted to be able to host the Harrisons this coming week, 1/30/09 @ noon...

Thank you again for your question, and hope to see you down here...

The Farmlab Team

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