Video from Reflecting on Art from the Site Lines of Nature

Georgia Wall, Chuck and Manish is a video diptych reflecting on rivers as metaphor exploring culture and place. The piece is shot in Northern India beside the Ganga and in New York beside the Hudson River. The two men stand in the rivers where they grew up, but sing traditional devotional songs from the other’s culture. Georgia Wall, alum of Oberlin College and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Brooklyn. –>Click here for video

The Kobbe Project is a collaborative project under the direction of Mia de Bethune, art therapist from NYU, bringing together multi-disciplinary artists interested in exploring the use of weaving for artistic, educational, therapeutic and environmental purposes. Mia’s The Kobbe Series plays on the amplification of what is found in the environment. Dean Wetherell, Producer, Director, Videographer from Stanford Communications Dept., NYU Tisch Film, presents a documentary film about the project in the garage bays at Catwalk. In addition to the collaborative works: Jennifer Wiles, Choreographer, Dance Therapist, Lesley College Dance Therapy, created an original dance Koru in response to the environmental weaves. The encaustic weaves of Madeline Wilson, Photographer, Artist, Art Educator, NYU Photo Dept., (Wind Chime) can be found in the trees around the field and her Elements series hangs from trees on the way to Catslair. Nelly Edmondson, Columbia Narrative Medicine Program also presents collages in the garage gallery. Valeria Koutmina, SVA Art Therapy Dept., creates a visceral response to the land in a series of architectural weavings created of fine cotton that can be seen throughout the grounds. Works can be viewed either in the garage gallery or on the grounds walking from Catwalk to Catslair, culminating at Catslair where the public may join in a communal weave. –>Click here for video

Andrea Goldman, Madness Q & A: The Watery Part of the World video is a dialogue between whales and humans about madness. Whales ask questions from philosopher Michel Foucault’s massive tome History of Madness. On a cruise ship, my family answers the whales’ questions with quotes from Moby Dick. Melville’s canonical American narrative of mania directed towards the white whale (a stand-in for oil? for happiness? for domination of nature/others?) is juxtaposed with Foucault’s history of madness in relationship to animality, criminality, sickness, the body, power, the unknown, and otherness.

Q: Why, from the old alliance of water and madness, was this ship born, and what made it appear at that very moment?
A: Oh! jolly is the gale, And a joker is the whale, A’ flourishin’ his tail, — Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky-poky lad, is the Ocean, oh! The scud all a flyin’, That’s his flip only foamin’; When he stirs in the spicin’, — Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky-poky lad, is the Ocean, oh! Thunder splits the ships, But he only smacks his lips, A tastin’ of this flip, — Such a funny, sporty, gamy, jesty, joky, hoky- poky lad, is the Ocean, oh! –>Click here for video

Joshua Baum, Mountains to Rivers video projection with sound. This series of photographic animations immerses the viewer within the iconic landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School. An impressionistic soundtrack incorporating field recordings and music created during my residency accompanies the animations. Joshua Baum, Vassar College ’06, is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician based in Western Massachusetts –>Click here for video