I sometimes think of myself as a warrior against ecocide. Beauty is my shield – but art, music, law, science and stubborn persistence are my weapons. In this event for WEAD, I will focus on two projects in depth, Ghost Nets (1990-2000), and how it morphed into other work including a theory of change and The Blued Trees Symphony (2015-present). Both continue. The former restored a coastal town dump to flourishing wetlands on a remote island in Maine. The latter composed a continental scale aerial symphony out of tree-notes. It contested the interpretation of eminent domain law by claiming copyright protection for a sonified biogeographic installation and in a mock trial, won an injunction against a corporation. -Aviva Rahmani
WEAD’S ART + ACTIVISM WEB SERIES is grounded in the belief that art can be a powerful tool for raising awareness and prompting social change. In this series we explore ways that artists actively engage in creating climate solutions and promoting sustainability.
(Top image: Listening to the Tree, Toya Lillard as “Oxygenia Kelp, the Tree Translator” listens to – then translates music about ecocide and copyright infringement “emanating” from a cut tree at the mock trial, “I Speak for The Trees” produced by A Blade of Grass for The Blued Trees Symphony, held at the Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Photograph by Eric McGregor, 2018.)