This groundbreaking conference was jointly hosted by California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and Stanford University. Our audience and collaborators came from various disciplinary backgrounds. They are artists, activists, community organizers, venture capitalists, philanthropists, students, and faculty of Fine Arts, Design, Architecture, Writing, Criticism, Curatorial Practice and Environmental Sciences who are helping to push the green revolution to a tipping point.

In a series of topically organized panels, seminars, and roundtable discussions, we brought together creative professionals, scholars and students to engage in conversations and debates about the intersections of ethics, aesthetics, and environmentalism. We believe that global governmental policy can be deeply influenced by artists, designers, and architects and that public discussion of the interconnection between environmental justice and the global environmental movement is both necessary and urgent.

The conference convened on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts (CCA) on Friday, April 17, 2009; on the Stanford University campus Saturday, April 18, 2009 and at CCA on Sunday, April 19, 2009. We also hosted a series of satellite events—screenings, exhibitions, performances, lectures—throughout the month of April 2009.

The conference organizers would like to thank the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, and The Christensen Fund for their generous support of the Rising Tide: the arts and ecological ethics conference.

For more information, please email us at: info@risingtideconference.org

  • Directors

    Kim Anno

    Kim Anno

    Moderator: Green Capitalism

    Kim Anno is a painter and bookmaker. She has been included in exhibitions at the Varnosi Museum in Hungary, the Berkeley Art Museum, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio De Janeiro, Zaloren Contemporaneo in Mexico City, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, and DC Dusseldorf in Germany, among others. In 2008 she was included in an exhibition that traveled to the Mead Museum, the Bennington Museum, and the Morris Museum. She is exhibiting a historical survey of her work this spring at the King’s Art Center in California, and a new painting exhibition in fall 2009 at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco. Kim is represented by the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta. She is currently at work on a writing project on contemporary abstraction.

    She is a Professor and Chair of the Painting Department at the California College of the Arts. She has received the Gerbode Foundation’s Purchase Award for SFMOMA and the Honolulu Academy of Fine Art, as well as the Fleishhacker Foundation’s Eureka Fellowship, among other awards.

    Kim Anno believes passionately in expanding the function of art in society. She is an originator of the Rising Tide Conference concept and seeks to continue to build bridges whether actual or virtual.

  • Tirza Latimer

    Tirza Latimer

    Moderator: Eco-Aesthetics

    Tirza True Latimer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Visual and Critical Studies graduate program at CCA

    She has published work from a lesbian feminist perspective on a range of topics in the fields of visual culture, sexual culture, and criticism. She is coeditor, with Whitney Chadwick, of the anthology The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (Rutgers University Press, 2003) and the author of Women Together / Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris (Rutgers University Press, 2005). Recently, her essay on the POOL group and their engagement with interwar experimental cinema, “Queer Situations: Behind the Scenes of Borderline,” appeared in English Language Notes 5:2, and her essay "Border Art" was included in the collection The Impact of Globalization on the United States (University of California/ Praeger, 2008).

    She also is an independent curator whose recent exhibitions include Making Room for Wonder (SomArts, 2008), Unexpected Developments (2006, PLAySPACE, CCA, San Francisco), and Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore (2005, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley; Frye Museum, Seattle; Jersey Heritage Trust, Isle of Jersey). She is currently collaborating on a major exhibition about the life and afterlife of Gertrude Stein, which will be organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

    Recent presentations include "Queer Abstraction/Queer Narration" College Art Association Conference, 2009; "Tee Corinne: Lavendar Muse," University of Oregon, 2008; "Doing Queer Art History," South Eastern College Art Association conference, 2008; "Border Performance Art," American Society for Theatre Research conference, 2008; "Questioning Legitimacy: Feminism, Activism, and Institutional Politics," Monthermoso Cultural Center, Vitoria, Spain, 2008.

    She is an active member and former co-chair of the Queer Caucus for Art, a College Art Association–affiliated society, and advisor to the Board of the Queer Cultural Center, SF.

  • Gail Wight

    Gail Wight

    Artist Gail Wight takes a dadaist approach to issues of biology and the history of science and technology. Her work engages the cultural impact of scientific practice, and plays with our constant redefinition of self through our epistemologies. Historical frameworks express themselves in concepts about the nature of existence as well as upon the tools that emerge out of research and its attendant idealogies. As an artist, Wight traces the ways in which those tools carry their ideologies with them, moving from the scientific to the social sphere and impacting the art-making process. Recent projects often involve other living organisms, inviting them to become co-authors in the finished work of art.

    Wight has exhibited her work internationally, in venues such as the Natural History Museum of London, Ars Electronica (Austria), Foxy Productions (New York), and the Seville Biennial. She has worked for a research project on cognition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Exploratorium's Performance Program, and held residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, at Capp Street Project, the Exploratorium, the Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and currently at the San Francisco Center for the Book. She is on the faculty of Stanford University’s Department of Art & Art History, where she directs the graduate program in Art Practice and teaches Experimental Media Arts.

  • Terry Berlier

    Terry Berlier

    Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who works with sculpture, installation, sound, video, and drawing. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally including Barcelona, Venice, Meinz, and Tel Aviv. She was a fellowship recipient for a residency at the Millay Colony for Artists in 2004. She recently received the Visions from the New California Residency for 2009 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco through the Artists’ Alliance. She has received grants from California Council for Humanities California Stories fund, City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant, and the City of Davis Arts. In 2003 she received an MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1994. She currently teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford. Previously she has taught at Sonoma State University, California College of Arts, University of California, Davis & Santa Cruz, and Sierra College.

    Berlier’s recent body of work mines deep into the memory of time and the history that is preserved in the natural environment surrounding us. These clues reveal quasi-cyclical patterns of the past and remind us at the same time to question how we might use that evidence to move forward. Her work seeks to dissect and map time to expose and manipulate our understanding of cultural and environmental histories. These are spatially configured through interactions with sculpture, sound, video, installation and drawings. Found materials, vernacular and modern technologies, and detritus from everyday life are subverted. She questions how innovations are changing the way we perceive and interact with the world and whether we are coming closer to or farther from understanding each other and the world around us.

  • Community Liaison

    Lauren Marsden

    Lauren Marsden

    Moderator: Mobility

    Lauren Marsden is a graduate student in the Social Practice program at the California College of the Arts. She was a member of the fifty fifty arts collective in Victoria, BC and the Public Art Committee for the City of Vancouver. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Helen Pitt Fund award for visual arts as well as the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship. Her art practice is based on local research and public installations that explore tensions between civic, corporate, and personal spaces. This involves tactics such as the reclamation of public signage to expose buried narratives and the recirculation of historical and context-specific photographic documents as a way of catalysing urban mythology. The work is often built from a process of conversation around personal archives and stories and are presented to reveal or stimulate heterotopic regional identities. She is currently living and working in the Excelsior district of San Francisco. [Hogan's Alley Welcomes You]

  • Moderators

    Joseph Chytry

    Josef Chytry

    Moderator: Backstory

    Josef Chytry is Senior Adjunct Professor, Critical Studies, at the California College of the Arts, and Managing Editor, Industrial and Corporate Change (Oxford University Press), Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He is author of Unis vers Cythere: Aesthetic-Political Investigations in Polis Thought and the Artful Firm (Peter Lang, 2009, forthcoming), Cytherica: Aesthetic-Political Essays in an Aphrodisian Key (Peter Lang, 2005), The Aesthetic State: A Quest in Modern German Thought (University of California Press, 1989), and co-editor of Understanding Industrial and Corporate Change (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Technology, Organization, and Competitiveness (Oxford University Press, 1998). Josef Chytry received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in politics and the history of ideas from the University of Oxford. He was an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Dr. Chytry is presently completing a book-manuscript on the civilization of Greater California. His current interests include globalization, the artful firm, proto-polis ensembles, and the development of a faculty of thought called cytherics.

  • Shana Holberton

    Shana Holberton

    Moderator: Oceans/Water/Rivers

  • Lynn Kirby

    Lynn Marie Kirby

    Moderator: Futures

    I am occupied with questions of place, the residue of history, and liminal states. I am occupied with how we see through different materials and systems, the visible and what lies below the surface--the bull thistle brought here by European settlers growing in disturbed landscapes--the sun as it moves through a room--improvisation and the accidents that make me jump--noticing the sound of water filling the tub in the morning and in the salad spinner later the same day--forms of contemplation and how we use technology as an extension of perception to capture the flow of time, the now-instant.

    I have shown in a lot of places around the world, some very famous. Generous foundations have given me money. I am engaged in the cycle of making and showing, a conversation of looking and listening, often the work is site dependent. Recently I have been keeping a sound listening journal; I listen for an hour a day, morning and evening; my favorite hour is 6am.

  • North Pitney

    North Pitney

    Moderator: Remaking/Reconceiving

    North Pitney is an Oakland artist, educator and sailor interested in information theory, machine learning and adaptive systems. North seeks to combine his interests through a continuing series of projects involving surveillance, computer vision and machine controlled space. North currently teaches interdisciplinary studio classes at CCA(C) which give students the skills and resources to construct and implement their own original interface designs. Through open source hardware and software projects, such as the Arduino project, he continues to integrate his efforts to grow the pool of shared knowledge and to implement tools that can be employed inside and beyond the walls of academic, corporate and governmentally sanctioned institutions. He is a new member to DIY Drones, a longtime member of DorkBot and a founding member of BetaLab. He received his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts.

  • Bonnie Sherk

    Bonnie Sherk

    Moderator: Material/Culture Sustainability

    Bonnie Ora Sherk & Life Frames, Inc. work with schools and communities to transform dry and barren land into content-rich, sustainable and ecological, healthy, learning landscapes, each called A Living Library & Think Park. Incorporating the local resources, seen through the lens of time – past, present, future - and engaging children, youth, and adults in all transformation processes, each Branch Living Library & Think Park brings subjects to life: math, science, history, language arts, arts, and technology, while advancing sustainable community and economic development. A Goal is to link Branch Living Library & Think Parks around the world through Green Powered Digital Gateways. Life Frames, Inc. & Ms. Sherk invite sites to become unique Branch Living Library & Think Parks, and join our developing, interactive, local and global network of commonality and diversity. Life Frames, Inc. works in affiliation with the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, that participates directly with the UN Department of Public Information.

    Bonnie Ora Sherk is a Landscape Architect, Educator, Artist, and Author, who has been planning and developing site and culturally-sensitive Life Frame, Living Library & Think Park plans around the world for over 30 years.  Her master plans, art, and articles have been featured internationally in museums, galleries, and in diverse print media. She also frequently appears on television & radio.

  • Curatorial

    Mirjana Blankenship

    Mirjana Blankenship

    Curator: Bioanthrophony

    Mirjana Blakenship is a second year student in the Curatorial Practice program at California College of the Arts. She received her BA and BFA from Cornell University in 2003. She was a tour guide at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York before moving to the Bay Area and becoming Gallery Director at Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art in San Francisco and the co-founder of Baxter & Cook Art Advisors. Some of her interests include conceptual art, social practice, environmental art and urban farming. She is currently writing her Master's Thesis on San Francisco based artist Bonnie Ora Sherk and her revolutionary environmental performance sculpture Crossroads Community (the farm) (1974-1980).

  • Robin Carlson

    Robin Carlson

    Robin Carlson is a second year curatorial student in the Curatorial Practice program at California College of the Arts. She grew in Southern Humboldt County where the community focused on sustainable development, forestry, and environmental practices. These issues remain an integral part of her awareness. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2003 with a BA in Art History. Her curatorial interests focus on design and performance. Her MA thesis will focus on modes of exhibiting and archiving performance art.

  • Eric Martin

    Eric Martin

    Curator: Film Series

  • Sally Szwed

    Sally Szwed

    Curator: Bioanthrophony

    Sally Szwed is a second year graduate student in the Curatorial Practice MA program at California College of the Arts. She received her BFA from Syracuse University with a focus in sculpture in 2003. Since moving to the Bay Area after her undergraduate studies, her studio arts practice transitioned into one with a strong interest in research and collaboration which eventually led her to exhibition making. Locally, she has curated exhibitions at Pigman Gallery and Kearny Street Workshop and assisted with the production of Mark Tribe's "Port Huron Project 5: The Liberation of our People" in collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California and Creative Time, New York. She is currently writing her Master's thesis on Forestiere's Underground Gardens in Fresno--a network of subterranean tunnels, caverns, and gardens dug by Sicilian Immigrant Baldassare Forestiere from 1908 until 1946.

  • Xiaoyu Weng

    Xiaoyu Weng

    Curator: Bioanthrophony

    Xiaoyu Weng is second year student in the Curatorial Practice program at at California College of the Arts. She is from China. She received her BA in Art History and Arts Administration from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2007. As an undergraduate, she worked as gallery assistant at White Space Beijing gallery. In 2006, she worked as curatorial assistant for the 6th Shanghai Biennale. She was co-curator of ART BEIJING 2006 - Youth Art Zone in 2006. She served an internship at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum, working on the exhibition named Mahjong - Contemporary Chinese Art from Sigg Collection. She has also interned at IKON gallery in Birmingham, UK.

  • Web & Design

    Erin E. Elliott

    Erin E. Elliott

    Erin E. Elliott is an artist working in the boundaries between the factual mundane realities of objects and the, often mythological, fabrications that allow them to function in symbolic or social systems. She often works under the moniker of Museum Curiosa as a curatorial consultancy which presents exhibitions featuring artifacts of personal or secret mythologies, rituals and systems of belief. She a founding member of BetaLab, an educational resource center providing workshops, expertise and tools to the media art and maker communities with special focus on emerging open source platforms such as the Arduino project. She was the recipient of the 2006 Yahoo! Design Out of the Box award for her Edible Interface: electronic lollipops that control machines through the action of licking.

    Erin is an educator with diverse experience creating curriculums including user interaction and web design. She has lead demonstrations and workshops in a variety of technologies and sciences including events sponsored by the Tech Museum of San Jose, University of California Santa Cruz, and for Expanding Your Horizons, a non-profit organization which encourages young women to pursue careers in science, engineering and mathematics. She received her BFA, with High Distinction from the California College of Arts.

  • Rhonda Holberton

    Rhonda Holberton

    Moderator: Geopolitics

    Rhonda Holberton grew up in the exurban sprawl of Northern Virginia. In 2000 she began a decade long romance with CCA (then CCAC). In 2004 she started a small-scale production jewelry line, but was ultimately unable to reconcile her fascination (fetish) of the material with the social and political mechanisms behind the mining of precious metal and stones. She left her marginally successful business and the Sierra Nevada foothills to return once more to Oakland and complete her Bachelor's Degree at CCA with a President's Scholarship. Currently, her methods as an interdisciplinary artist lead her to create installations that address circuitries of power and investigate the game-like structures that direct systems of desire and control. She has been invited to show locally at the Lobot Gallery as well as in Group shows at the California College of the Arts. She was selected to participate in the 2006 Yahoo! Interactive Design Expo. Her work is included in the collection of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

  • Other Volunteers

    Ranu Muhkerjee
    Kara Joslyn
  • How to Volunteer

    You are enthusiastically welcomed as a volunteer at Rising Tide: The Arts and Ecological Ethics Conference. Our project is created by a legion of passionate talented volunteers and we would be happy to have you join us in producing this event. For further information please email: kanno@cca.edu.

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