FOUNTAIN OF FORGETTING
POINT A, POINT B, POINT C
In “How Long is the Coast of Britain”, one of Benoit Mandelbrot’s first papers on the subject of fractal geometry, the author explores the coastline paradox; the notion that the length of a coastline depends on the method and accuracy of the tool used to measure it. Point A, Point B, Point C consists of two iterations of a larger project interested in locating three places in Pittsburgh where from each the other two are visible. Informed by the coastline paradox, fractal geometry and the philosophical writing of Timothy Morton, these installations metaphorically address the potentially infinite nature of measurement in relation to the experience of place and the task of locating the aforementioned viewpoints. The first iteration consists of three viewfinders designed to be installed at each viewpoint, and a pamphlet 36 addressing the conceptual development of the project. The second takes the form of a triangular video feedback loop. Modeled after the Sierpinski triangle, a fractal that subdivides recursively into ever-smaller equilateral triangles, the feedback loop’s video content was collected during the search for these places.
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WHAT WE EAT
What We Eat took place on March 5th, 2017 at the Anchorage Love Church.
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ABOUT:What is foods connection to tradition? What role can food play in cultural exchange? From economics, health and security, to identity, belief and community, food is interwoven into many facets of human life. Beyond nourishment for the body, the food we eat says a great deal about our values, our history and how we live.This conversation brings together panelists Mark John, Danny Consenstein, Dr. Zeynep Kılıç and Samantha Mack, moderated by Julia O’Malley(panelist bios below). The panel will be followed by an informal potluck. Bring a small plate of food to share and your thoughts and questions for further conversation.
What We Eat was made possible with the help of a grant from The Alaska Humanities Forum and the support Edible Alaska.Panelists:Mark John, originally from Toksook Bay, is well known and well respected throughout the region as a commercial fisherman, active subsistence hunter and fisherman, and fluent speaker of the Yup'ik language. Receiving his BSW and MSW from the University of Alaska, he is also a gifted leader and administrator, and has worked slowly and carefully to realize Calista Elders Council’s potential.Dr. Zeynep Kiliç was born and raised in Turkey and is now a professor of sociology at UAA. She recieved a Fulbright U.S. scholar grant and a sabbatical grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) which took her to Turkey in 2015-2016 to complete her documentary Tables of Istanbul on food, identity and culture in Istanbul, Turkey. Danny Consenstein served the last 8 years as the State Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alaska Farm Service Agency. He has over 30 years of experience helping Alaska small economies grow and thrive. As a board member of the nonprofit Alaska Food Policy Council he is continuing to build stronger food systems and healthier communities in the state of Alaska. He is also an avid backyard gardener and part of a commercial fishing family. Samantha Mack is Unangax from King Cove, Alaska, and graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Spring of 2016 with a double major in Political Science and English and a minor in Alaska Native Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters of English Studies and working as a Teaching Assistant at UAA. Samantha recently wrote a paper exploring the use of language in the King Cove Women’s Club Cookbook.Moderator:Julia O’Malley is a teacher, independent journalist and lifestyle blogger who lives in Anchorage. She writes about Alaska’s people, politics, culture, home and food.Thanks to Kathleen McCoy for helping research the topic and for assistance preparing for this panel. Kathleen has worked as a journalist in Alaska for more than 30 years. She has worked for The Nome Nugget, as a writer and editor for The Anchorage Daily News, as an electronic media specialist and storyteller at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and as the original host of Hometown Alaska on KSKA.
Riordan organized this cross-disciplinary conversation on the subject of language and translation. Journalist Kathleen McCoy moderates four panelists include historian and translator Alice Rearden, Eyak language specialist Guillame LeDuey, Community Coordinator for the Eyak Language Project Barb Sappah and Riordan himself, speaking about translating Le Roman du Lièvre without knowing French. The musical group Pamyua contributes to the panel by exploring the topic through song. This conversation brought together people from diverse practices — from art to oral history and language preservation — to explore various interpretations and applications of translation and the fluidity of language.
SOCIAL OBJECT ORGANIC LINE
Is art a hyperobject? Can you practice philosophy through doing instead of writing? How can materialist philosophies contribute to social practice/social justice? How do aesthetics relate to causality? What does it mean to deanthropocentrize relation based artmaking? Social Object Organic Line was a series of public projects Riordan developed in collaboration with the Institute for American Art in Portland, ME. Made up of walking groups, workshops, screenings, and reading groups, each event explored a different caveat within the philosophy of new materialism, through art, phenomenology, science, participation, and critique.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Points of interest (bellow) was a series of six 3D printed viewfinders spread around the Museum's galleries at the time of the Anchorage Centennial. Each viewfinder was designed to direct the users vision towards a single point of interest (POI) outside of the Museum, in the Anchorage area, important to local Dena’ina Athabascan peoples. The viewfinders were accompanied by specific site information, instructions for use and a downloadable augmented reality app designed to assist users in visiting each POI.