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Art Spill: Disaster, Art, Activism and Recovery

November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010 

Art Spill: Disaster, Art, Activism, and Recovery
Opening 6PM November 13, 2010
with Poetry Reading hosted by 17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series

Water and Wine Provided by Gold Mine Saloon; Tea by Bayou Brew

Closing Celebration, Silent Auction and Panel Saturday, November 20
Online Auctions available at
Benefiting NOLA Emergency Response and Defenders of the Coast
Food and Drink Provided by Eiffel Restaurant, Lazy Magnolia, and Bayou Brew

St. Claude Arts District in The Marigny
2822 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA

“Darkened Hue” oil painting by Hilary Wallis

Maria Brodine. 619-248-8976.
Mike Kilgore. Collective World Art Community. 504-339-5237.
Please attend the “Art Spill” event on Facebook and visit the Art Spill ONLINE AUCTIONS (check back for updates) at

This year in New Orleans, in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) 109th Annual Meeting, an eclectic array of artists, scholars, local organizations, and activists are collaborating to produce a constellation of interrelated exhibitions and panels that will take place as part of the St. Claude Arts Biennial. One of these events is called Art Spill: Disaster, Art, Activism, and Recovery in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Art Spill is a multidisciplinary event that will explore how art objects have exposed disaster, facilitated recovery, and participated in political activities in post-Katrina New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Art Spill is sponsored by Ethnographic Terminalia ( and Collective World Art Community, and is collaborating with Multispecies Salon III: SWARM (

Art Spill consists of an exhibition, which will run from November 13-20 in the St. Claude Arts District; a poetry reading hosted by 17 Poets!; an AAA-sponsored, offsite panel consisting of scholars and artists whose work is relevant to social and ecological issues in the Gulf Coast region; and a juried art show and NOLA-style party to be held on November 20, the proceeds of which will be donated to the non-profit watchdog groups Defenders of the Coast and NOLA Emergency Response.

The Opening: 6PM November 13

Art Spill: Disaster, Art, Activism, and Recovery seeks to question the boundaries between art, activism, and science and engage with the politics of interdisciplinary work; sample the proliferation of post-Katrina “sensual culture”, including public art, documentary, demonstrations, and performances; and explore the role of the arts in recovery.  After the St. Claude Arts Biennial Kick-off Party, the Art Spill exhibit will open with a poetry reading at 6PM hosted by 17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series and the Gold Mine Saloon ( featuring work by Brenda Landry (read by Hilary Wallis), Dave Brinks, Gina Ferrara, Bill Lavender, David Rowe, and Megan Burns. Works on exhibit Nov 13-20 include disaster and recovery-themed work by Abdul Aziz, Don Blancher of Sustainable Ecosystems LLC, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Ryan Burns, Beth Chasse, Pati D’Amico with text by Joel Dailey, Hunter Daniel, Dawn DeDeaux, Rex Dingler, Lynda Frese, Andrea Garland with text by Bill Lavender, Stacy Kranitz, the Krewe of Dead Pelicans, Malcolm MacClay, Craig Morse, Crista Rock, Karel Sloan-Boekbinder, José Torres-Tama, Artfully AWARE’s Hilary Wallis with text by Brenda Landry, and local architectural and scientific visual and political work dealing with these themes. On the same night, Multispecies Salon 3: SWARM will open with edible companions, Swarm Orbs robots, and other festivities at The Front, Kawliga Studios, and Ironworks.  In addition, Ethnographic Terminalia will show works at Barrister’s Gallery as an extension of the show at Du Mois. Together, we will provide a space for conversation (or creative conflict) between academic approaches to reflexivity and engagement, and the politically charged ideas, practices, and things emerging in post-Katrina New Orleans.

The Juried Art Show: Online and On Exhibit Nov 13-20
In the wake of the ongoing oil disaster, the exhibition will empower artists and visitors to contribute directly to the recovery of the Gulf Coast region by hosting a juried art show.  This juried show of artwork and crafts, organized by Collective World Art Community, will be on display to the public as part of the Art Spill exhibition.  Entries accepted for the juried portion of the show will be for sale through the duration of the exhibition as well as through a silent and online auction hosted by Tizm Online Auctions.  The final celebration for this event will take place on Saturday, November 20th.  Funds will be donated to the non-profit watchdog organizations Defenders of the Coast and NOLA Emergency Response.  To view and bid online, go to the Tizm website at and click on “Art Spill: Silent and Online Auctions.”

The Panel: November 20, 6:00pm-7:30pm
This panel, featuring participants who work or have worked in New Orleans as artists, activists, and scholars, seeks to bring local artists and art works into anthropological conversations about the role of the arts, activism, and scholarship in the revealing of disaster, the facilitation of recovery, and political action. Participants will be encouraged to use their personal biographies to explore tensions around art and technology, the roles of publics and experts, and the relationship between nature and culture.

Barbara Allen – Associate Professor, Director of the Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech; author of Uneasy Alchemy: Citizens and Experts in Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor Disputes (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003) and Dynamics of Disaster: Lessons on Risk, Response, and Recovery (London: Earthscan Press) edited with Rachel Dowty, foreword by Alan Irwin, forthcoming
Craig E. Colten –  Carl O. Sauer Professor, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University; author of An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2005).
Dawn DeDeaux – Independent Artist,; currently working on “Project Mutants”
José Torres-Tama – Interdisciplinary Artist, Writer, Visual and Performance Artist, ArteFuturo Productions,; work includes “Cone of Uncertainty: New Orleans after Katrina” and “Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evildoers.”  José’s talk at the panel will be called “Hard Living in the Big Easy after Katrina & Arts Activism in the Party Capital of the South”, based on a post-Katrina essay that aired as a radio commentary on NPR’s Latino USA back in the summer of 2006. The original piece can be heard at
Elizabeth Underwood – Interdisciplinary Artist, AORTA Projects,
Eben Kirksey, Cultural Anthropologist, Mellon Fellow, CUNY Graduate Center New York

Other Events
Please visit the Ethnographic Terminalia exhibition (, opening at 7pm, Friday Nov. 19 at the Du Mois Gallery in the historic Freret Corridor.  Ethnographic Terminalia also has items on exhibit at Barrister’s Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District (  Multispecies Salon III: SWARM will be holding events and exhibits at three sites in the St. Claude Arts District: The Ironworks, (612 Piety St.), The Front (4100 St. Claude Ave., on November 13th only), and Kawliga Studios (3331 St. Claude Ave.)  For a full list of dates, events, and participants visit and For a complete list of St. Claude Arts Biennial/ Art Walk events, visit

American Anthropological Association
St. Claude Arts District
Bayou Brew
Lazy Magnolia Brewery
Eiffel Society
Tizm Online Auctions
Ariodante Gallery
Robere Lord Gallery
17 Poets! and Gold Mine Saloon

Research funding provided by
the National Science Foundation
and The Wenner-Gren Foundation

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