August 2003
volume 1, issue 2
















"Imagination is an Instrument of Survival"


0 Lane Barden displayed models of a computer-operated inflatable dam in the Los Angeles River which creates a waterway and public event space between the Broadway Bridge and the Elysian Valley. Peter Fend’s proposals address similarities between two sister basins, the Colorado River Basin / Gulf of California and the Persian Gulf Basin. By identifying similarities he suggested that both regions can learn from each other and start implementing mirror hydrological technologies.

1 Founded in 1980, following through on various 70’s efforts at multi-artists ventures and collaborations, Ocean Earth Development Corporation seeks to combine various art probes with recent science and engineering to effect realistic solutions to large scale problems. OEDC has been developing renewable forms of energy production that use everyday natural resources like sunlight and water cycles. OEDC works chiefly with saltwater basins to harvest marine algae on a large scale and yield methane gas or other clean-burning fuels, notably hydrogen.’


2 Michael Asher- quoted from the Radical Time panel discussion organized by UCLA art students in 2002, a conference about art practices promoting social change.

3 This was part of a group exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It lasted from the Summer of 2000 to the Summer of 2001, though my project has since continued on with different students. The exhibition was curated by LACMA LAB, a young department at the museum. Their particular program is directed towards cultural experience for youths.

5 The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete Unix-like operating system which is free software: the GNU system. (GNU is a recursive acronym for 'GNU's Not Unix'; it is pronounced "guh-NEW".) Variants of the GNU operating system, which use the kernel Linux, are now widely used; though these systems are often referred to as 'Linux', they are more accurately called GNU/Linux systems.

6 SOS participated in the exhibition "Democracy When ?! activists strategizing in Los Angeles" curated by Tone O Nielsen at LACE gallery 2002. The members
of SOS included Darcy Paley & Keith Perlot of DRS, and Morten Goll, David Hollander and Maria Karlsson. SOS was named after Wilhelm Reich’s theory of “bio-energetic” life and in honor of his pioneering work in the dismantling of repression.


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