|I began 9.11.01_Scapes the day the World Trade Center
was attacked and continued to add new pages in the aftermath. My palette
consisted of NASA images of earth, and photographs of diatoms and Ground
Zero. Each Scape consists of multiple layers: Helen used the layers' titles,
and the texts that accompanied the NASA images to weave her multilayered
narrative for the Notes; and much as I used found 'pigments', Helen used
found sounds to create the rich soundscore for the series.
I have always worked in series often in book form to reflect the continuum of human experience. In attempting to convey complexity and recognize the opacity of truth, I choose metaphor. 9.11.01_Scapes mimics the book format: each click of the mouse turns a page. It also points to the limits of a painter working on the Web: she can manipulate space, but not time. Finally, the "cells" [diatoms] were used because they are both ominous and beautiful; they represent life and death; and their micro structures are echoed on a macro scale in the World Trade Center towers.
|Jo-Anne Green was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa; she emigrated to the United States in 1983. Since 2002, Green has been Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., a small nonprofit organization that is world renowned for Turbulence.org, Networked_Performance, Networked_Music_Review, Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art), Mixed Realities, Upgrade! Boston, and New American Radio.
Green received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors in Printmaking and Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa); a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from UMASS Dartmouth; and a Master of Science in Art Administration from Lesley University. She volunteered for a Fund for a Free South Africa (FreeSA) from 1985 to 1992, where she co-founded Cultural Resistance to educate the American public about Apartheid.
In 1999, Green was instrumental in starting the Artist-in-Residence Program at the University of New Mexico's High Performance Computing Center, which led to the founding of the Art Technology Center (ATC). She was Grants Administrator and, later, Program Coordinator for both the ATC and the Arts of the Americas Institute. She returned to Boston in 2001.
Green has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Emerson College, Boston; and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Green is also an artist, curator, designer, and writer. Her essay Parsing Truths was commissioned for Michael Takeo Magruder: (Re)mediation_s: 2000-2010; and her co-authored chapter Mixed Realities was published in Unsitely Aesthetics, edited by Maria Miranda. In 2013, she contributed an essay, Generative Systems: (Re)Producing Hands and Faces, to Sonia Landy Sheridan's Art at the Dawning of the Electronic Era: Generative Systems.
Green has exhibited her paintings, prints, one-of-a-kind artist's books, and installations in Johannesburg, Massachusetts and New York. Her first one-person exhibition, Well, as a result... was reviewed in the Boston Herald. Visit her website.
|Helen Thorington is the Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore), the founder and producer of the national weekly radio series, New American Radio (1987-1998), the founder of Turbulence.org, and co-founder of the two internationally acclaimed blogs, Networked_Performance and Networked_Music_Review.
Thorington is also a writer, sound composer, and radio producer, whose radio documentary, dramatic work, and sound/music compositions have been aired nationally and internationally for the past thirty years. She has created compositions for film and installation that have been premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial, and in the Whitney Museum's annual Performance series. She produced three narrative works for the web including Solitaire, which combines game and storytelling; and she played a principal artistic role in the cutting-edge performance work, Adrift, presented as a performance and installation at the New Museum in New York City, October 19-December 21, 2001.
Thorington has also composed for dance. She performed with the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company at Jacob's Pillow, MA in 2002, and at The Kitchen, New York City in 2003. She has won numerous radio awards, most recently Honourable Recognition, Prix Bohemia Radio Festival, Czechoslovakia; and Winner, Aether Festival, KUNM-FM, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thorington was an invited speaker at Upgrade! Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in '06; MIT5: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, an international conference in '07; and a keynote at Digital Arts Weesk: The Meeting Point Between Art and Technology at ETH Zurich. She was also a speaker at the Music in the Global Village Conference in Budapest in December '09.
Thorington has taught new media classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and at Emerson College (Boston). She has published numerous articles including two on networked musical performances for Contemporary Music Review (2005, 2006); and a feature article on the evolving context for sound and radio practice for the Tate Museum (London) in 2008. She is currently collaborating with visual, performance and media artist, Jacki Apple, on an experimental narrative; and composing a sound score for "i_magine", a sound-light performance by Ajaykumer to be premiere at Waterman's Arts Centre, London in June 2010. Visit her web site!
Sound Credits: The sound score makes use of materials from Thorington's 20 year collection of recorded materials, processed found sound, and sounds from the 9.11 event recorded by New Yorkers and archived on the web site SonicMemorial.org With thanks to SonicMemorial.org and those who have contributed to their collection.