Susan Robb’s “Wild Times” Explores Wildness as a Geographic Ideal and a State of Mind

Susan Robb, Wild Times

On April 17, Susan Robb (2013 Emerging Fields) will embark on a five-month adventure from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. This marks the culmination of her Creative Capital-supported project, Wild Times, which merges new media, social engagement and a 2,650-mile hike to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind. I connected with Susan to learn more about this project and her preparations for the trek.

Jenny Gill: Wild Times centers around the importance of untouched wilderness and the notion of “wildness” as an antidote to the stress and structure of modern life. You live in a major city (Seattle). Do you struggle to stay connected to the wild in your day-to-day life?

Susan Robb: The “wild” I’m most interested in is the internal space, the interior dialogue, the autonomous sense of self. In the same way that geographic wild spaces are endangered, I believe the internal, personal ones are endangered as well. A person can feel the struggle and stress of modern life regardless of whether they live in a city or not. Continue reading

Artist to Artist: Cory Arcangel and Julia Christensen on Media Fluidity and Obsolescence

Cory Arcangel & Julia Christensen

Cory Arcangel & Julia Christensen

As part of our “Artist to Artist” interview series, Cory Arcangel (2006 Emerging Fields) and Julia Christensen (2013 Emerging Fields) connected over the phone to discuss DIY projectors, technological obsolescence, source code, and other issues related to their media-based practices. The following is an edited excerpt from their conversation. You can listen online to the full podcast, or subscribe through iTunes.

Julia: Hello! Great to talk to you, Cory! So you’re in Norway right now?

Cory: Yes, I’m in Stavanger, Norway… Are you in Oberlin?

Julia: Yes, I’m in Oberlin, Ohio. It’s winter term here, which is this wonderful break Oberlin gives, so I’m in the studio 9-5 right now, which is really good.

Cory: And what are you working on?

Julia: Well, primarily I’m working this project that is being supported by Creative Capital.

Cory: Aaaahh. At that point they should throw in a Creative Capital audio watermark. CREATIVE CAPITAL. And an airhorn. (Laughs) Cool.

Julia: Sound effects every time we say Creative Capital! (Laughs)

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Video: Fallen Fruit at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Fallen Fruit (2013 Emerging Fields) presented their project Endless Orchard at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. Endless Orchard is a non-contiguous map of fruit trees in public space which will become “a public fruit portal, creating a public fruit map that indexes the largest collection of public fruit trees in the world.” You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

Video: Susan Robb at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Susan Robb (2013 Emerging Fields) presents her project Wild Times at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. Wild Times is a work of land art that takes its form as a thru-hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Susan Robb will invite environmental policy makers, writers, activists, performers and poets to join her for sections of the 2,650-mile journey. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

Video: Nick Hallett and Shana Moulton at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Nick Hallett and Shana Moulton (2013 Emerging Fields) presented their project Whispering Pines ∞ at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

Video: Miriam Simun at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Miriam Simun (2013 Emerging Fields) presented on her project Eat Your Future at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

Video: Julia Christensen at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Julia Christensen (2013 Emerging Fields) presented on Project Project at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

Video: Chemi Rosado-Seijo at the Artist Retreat

Chemi Rosado-Seijo (2013 Emerging Fields) presented on his project La Perla’s Portrait, Kite Festival at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.

Art at the Edge: Creative Capital Artists at IdeaFestival 2013

Clockwise from top left: Eric Dyer, Elaine Tin Nyo, Paul Rucker, Jesse Sugarmann

Clockwise from top left: Eric Dyer, Elaine Tin Nyo, Paul Rucker, Jesse Sugarmann

On Friday, September 27, Ruby Lerner presents at the IdeaFestival in Louisville with four amazing Creative Capital grantees: Eric Dyer (2012 Film/Video), Paul Rucker (2012 Visual Arts), Jesse Sugarmann (2012 Film/Video) and Elaine Tin Nyo (2013 Emerging Fields). This marks the fourth year that we have been invited to present “Art at the Edge” at this celebration of innovation and intellectual curiosity.

This year’s IdeaFestival artists are a truly interdisciplinary group of makers and thinkers, and we’re thrilled that 21c Museum will exhibit photographic and video work by the Creative Capital artists in conjunction with the Fest.  Continue reading

Video: Ghana ThinkTank at the 2013 Artist Retreat

Ghana ThinkTank (2013 Emerging Fields) presented on their Creative Capital-supported project, Ghana ThinkTank at the Mexican Border, at the 2013 Artist Retreat. You can watch more artist presentations from the Retreat on our Vimeo channel.