supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
In June, Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse of Smudge Studio will be Inhabiting Change in the Small Projects gallery, along with Turning at the Limits of the World in West Iceland, Vardø and Kirkenes.
Through a practice of Performative Research—a hybrid of aesthetic work and knowledge production—Smudge Studio forms part of the Future North experimental mapping of agencies of landscape and communities in the High North.
Their field research for Future North will consist of an “inhabitation project” that will span several locations. They are seeking out sites and times where forces of change related to the futures of the “North” are unfolding with particular intensity, palpability and exquisiteness. They are inhabit built structures, landscapes, and events at volatile edges of forces of change as “field stations” or “apertures” for observing, sensing, documenting, and creatively responding to “forces of change” in play on a daily basis around us. They imagine making observations about, and creative responses to, global forces of change, and how they are reshaping daily, lived experiences and meanings of “North-ness.”
Elizabeth Ellsworth is an artist and Professor of Media Studies, The New School, New York City. She is also a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild. She has published extensively on the subjects of media and public pedagogy and media and change. Elizabeth co-directs smudge studio. Their collaboration works across video, photography, graphic and web design, and installation. Their process involves visual field research, aesthetic response, and public pedagogy. As part of the collaboration, Elizabeth uses photography (digital and 35mm) and video to visualize or “signal” invisible forces (natural and human-made) that shape daily life.
Jamie Kruse is an artist, designer and part-time lecturer at Parsons, The New School for Design (New York). In 2006 she co-founded smudge studio, with Elizabeth Ellsworth, based in Brooklyn, NY. Their multi-media practice seeks to invent aesthetic provocations that assist humans in feeling for themselves the reality of contemporary forces and scales of change (natural and human-made). She is the author of the Friends of the Pleistocene blog (fopnews.wordpress.com) and recently co-edited a collection of essays entitled, Making The Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life (punctum books, 2012).
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