Fantastic moment together with a group of engaging students and teachers yesterday at the Centennial Park School in Portland for the Strings Workshops. Our exploration together using recycled items from the Glean project was largely playful and meditative and allowed a set of sculptural strings to be conceived as a core structure from which we will build upon during the upcoming workshops.
Lines and convergences #terrestrial #celestial
#relationship #connection #time #space
The Gleaners and I, one of my all time favorite documentary film by #AgnesVarda
A must see (or see again) Varda’s portraits and approach to the topic reminds us of the compelling beauty residing in the act of scavenging and helps us reconsider our relationship to objects and goods, echoing the grace of Millet’s painting “Les Glaneuses”. Here, at the Metro Transfer Station, a surprising place to meditate on the cycle of life it’s essential it’s rawness #gleanresidency #environmentalart #socialart photo: Transfer #1-4 from the Transfer series (more images at: http://latifamedjdoub.com/products/transfer-1-4)
Last Friday I went on my first solo trip to the Portland Metro Transfer Station where an army of kind souls and smiling figures diligently work the physical task of recycling the massive amount of matter trashed daily in piles. Camus couldn’t be more right: “One must imagine Sisyphus Happy”.
I’m very pleased to be among the selected artists for the Glean program established by Recology, Metro and Crakedpots for the past 7 years to address the waste disposal and environmental issues. Artists are given the opportunity to glean materials from the transfer station for the program duration and are required to conceive a body of work relevant to their continuous efforts to reduce entropy while regenerating a significant amount of the refuse.
This compelling Artist in Residency program will allow me the very special opportunity to develop my current social practice art studies related to the sensitive topics of environmental issues. With materials gleaned from the waste stream, I would like to conceive elaborate and intricate artistic tools with the public stimulating creative social interactions combining mundane objects with sophisticated textile art techniques.
Public participatory will be encouraged to creatively interact in the compositional stages opening the project to an unusual immersive, dynamic and tactile social experience that reconnects the mind and the body and to allow a reflection on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals, networks and environment. I will be sharing soon the thread of this new adventure which will hopefully inspire possibilities.
This program is made possible by #recology #metro #crackedpots