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29 CHAINS TO THE MOON
- Sign up for a workshop this Friday with Open_Sailing,
1-4pm Sept. 11 @ Miller Gallery. Limited spots! Reserve via email:
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Sept. 24, Thurs.
Normal Devices: Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture,
John Moores University and FACT
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Oct. 3, Sat.
Ideas for this World or Another, organized by Jon Rubin
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Oct. 8, Thurs.
3pm: Workshop with Stephanie
@ Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
of Art Lecture Series: Stephanie
Smith @ Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie
Oct. 16, Fri.
Oct. 22, Thurs.
Lenka Clayton ("A Piece of the Moon"),
Eric Singer (from LEMUR) @ Brillobox Upstairs,
4104 Penn Ave.
Nov. 17, Tues.
of Art Lecture Series: Claire Bishop @ McConomy
Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University Center
THE MILLER GALLERY AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
supports the creation, understanding and growth of contemporary
art through exhibitions, projects, lectures, events and publications.
The gallery aspires to engage diverse audiences and to create and
strengthen communities through art and ideas. The Miller Gallery
was founded in 2000 by Regina Gouger Miller, artist,
educator, businesswoman, arts patron and alumna of Carnegie Mellon's
School of Art. A unit of the College of Fine Arts, the three-story,
9,000 square foot space is free and open to the public and located
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Fab Tree Hab Village, Terreform ONE (Mitchell
Joachim, Maria Aiolova, Landon Young, Javier Arbona, Lara Greden),
2009; 29 Chains to the Moon exhibition poster; Commons(Commune),
Stephanie Smith, 2009; Miller Gallery's new Store
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
the Miller Gallery, guest curator Andrea Grover from Houston, and
Open_Sailing artists Hiromi Ozaki and Cesar Harada from London for
a full day of activities launching our first exhibition of the season,
29 Chains to the Moon: Artists' Schemes for a Fantastic Future.
Limited spots! Reserve via email: email@example.com
"In the time of Buckminster Fuller, the emergence of communication
technologies forecasted singular global strategies for survival.
Singular strategies fail to satisfy individual irrational needs
in a complex society and fragile ecosystem. Today’s technology offers
the potential to shift the paradigm of survival from one grand strategy
to multiple individual or group strategies.
Open_Sailing is the community and infrastructure that is producing the International_Ocean_Station_1, a universal cultural symbol not made by a small closed group of rocket scientists, but by an emerging group of motivated individuals.
During the Open_Sailing Workshop, we will explore concepts
of Object Oriented Politics and Adhocracy (an adaptable
organization that does not have a fixed bureaucratic structure).
We will use Glocal (Global + Local) thinking to design an
Open Architecture. The workshop will be a physical experience –
we will dance, draw, design and brainstorm about the future of our
energy infrastructure, web 3.0 (virtual + physical), and
novel collaborative social models. See you there!" -
is a multi-disciplinary international team led by Cesar Harada and
Hiromi Ozaki that is revolutionizing the concept of seasteading
and social production of ideas and technologies. The Open_Sailing
prototype is a “living architecture” at sea, composed of multiple
dwellings, ocean farming modules, and an amoeba-like design that
can expand and contract, based on the existence of calculated risks.
“Open_Sailing acts like a superorganism, a cluster of intelligent
units that can react to their environment, change shape and reconfigure
themselves. They talk to each other. They’re modular, re-pluggable,
pre-broken, post-industrial.” The concept for Open_Sailing came
from creating a geography of fear – a world “potential threat map”
that highlighted the centers of greatest risk (pandemics, high-human
density, recent violent conflicts, hypothetical nuclear fall-outs,
tsunami risk, potential exposure to rising sea level, and so on),
to determine the safest areas on Earth, which happened to be at
sea. Open_Sailing was awarded the 2009 Prix Ars Electronica in “THE
NEXT IDEA” category, and is underway with construction of an advanced
prototype for their floating laboratory.
Mellon University Lecture Series
Gallery Tour with Curator Andrea Grover
Grover is an independent curator, artist and writer.
In 1998, she founded Aurora Picture Show, a now recognized center
for filmic art that began in her living room as “the world’s most
public home theater.” She curated the first exhibition exploring
the phenomenon of crowdsourcing in art (Phantom Captain, apexart,
New York, 2006), and, with artist Jon Rubin, organized an exhibit
in which worldwide participants created a photo-sharing album of
their imaginings on Tehran (Never Been to Tehran, Parkinggallery,
Tehran, Iran, 2008) She recently curated screenings for both Dia
Art Foundation, New York, and The Menil Collection, Houston. 29
Chains to the Moon continues her research into cooperation and
distributed thinking across disciplines.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for
2009: A Taste Odyssey Reception
The first 100 people will receive a miracle
berry tablet for a taste-tripping adventure.
All events are free and open to the public. Parking is free after
Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Purnell Center for the
CHAINS TO THE MOON:
Schemes for a Fantastic Future
Guest curated by Andrea
Organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
Through Dec. 6, 2009
In the Reading Room: The
Buckminster Fuller Institute, Lowry
Space University, The
1938, the visionary designer R. Buckminster Fuller wrote Nine
Chains to the Moon, his radical proposal for improving the
quality of life for all humankind via progressive design and maximization
of the world’s finite resources. The title was a metaphor for cooperation
– if all of humankind stood on each other’s shoulders we could complete
nine chains to the moon. Today, the population of the planet has
increased more than three times to 6.7 billion (we could now complete
29 chains to the moon), and the successful distribution of energy,
food, and shelter to over 9 billion humans by 2050 requires some
fantastic schemes. Like Fuller’s revelation from five decades
earlier, 29 Chains to the Moon features artists who put
forth radical proposals, from seasteads and tree habitats to gift-based
cultures, to make the world work for everyone.
Nostalgia for our alternate future is in the ether on this convergence
of anniversaries: 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo
11 moon landing, the centennial of Futurism, and the quadricentennial
of the Newtonian telescope. Over the last year, major art museums
have presented exhibitions of visionary design and architecture
, meant to reignite that spark of collective imagination that the
20th century saw via world fairs , the formation of international space agencies, and the promise
of better living through technology.
Among the surveys was the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2008
exhibition, Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe.
Viewers familiar with Fuller’s pragmatic geodesic domes and
octet truss structures were introduced to his lesser-known concepts
for tomorrow’s cities, like Dome over Manhattan (Midtown
Manhattan acclimatized by a 2-mile diameter glass dome); Cloud
Nine (a spherical cloud city that could levitate an entire
community), and Triton City (a modular seastead for 100,000
inhabitants). Despite having a hallucinatory, science fiction veneer,
these proposals were serious enough to be examined by agencies like
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which commissioned
the study for Triton City, and, along with the U.S. Navy,
approved the design.
If one of Fuller’s futuristic communities had been realized, it
would not have been the first time that science fiction became science
fact. In 1945, author, inventor and futurist Arthur C. Clarke predicted
geostationary communications satellites, some 15 years ahead of
NASA’s launch of Echo, the agency’s first experimental
communications satellite project .
In 1941, Isaac Asimov popularized the term “robotics” in his short
story, Liar, over three decades before Carnegie Mellon
University founded The Robotics Institute in 1979. Aldous Huxley
foresaw cloning decades before Dolly the sheep was made incarnate
(again), and countless other authors and artists envisioned technological
milestones – from the creation of the atomic bomb to nanotechnology
– and their social implications in advance of their manifestation.
It’s not so easy to instill in the public the same brand of wonder
and nationalist pride that the Space Race evoked from 1958 to 1975.
One seismic shift of late has been the redirection of major scientific
exploration from countries to private corporations and citizens
Unbridled individual potential is one outcome of the information
age, but so is ambient fear of the future. A 2002 Time Magazine
poll revealed that 30 percent of its respondents believed that
the world would end within their lifetimes. The work in
this exhibition corresponds to the other 70 percent of the population
that is optimistic despite the massive challenges faced by civilization
These artists seize technologies that provide unprecedented
platforms for collaboration, and new ways of visualizing and representing
reality. Theirs is a moment of fluid exchanges between artistic
and scientific disciplines, and cooperation among private and public
institutions, toward the realization of a possible future.
– Andrea Grover, Curator, 29
Chains to the Moon
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