| 9.11.01 |
_ scapes_

a collaboration in process
a. The Work: I began 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 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.

 
b. Jo-Anne Green is Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) and its world-renowned web site Turbulence. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa she graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1981 with a BFA Honours in Printmaking and a major in Art History. She emigrated to Boston in 1983 where she later obtained her MFA in Painting from UMASS Dartmouth. In 1985, Green co-founded Cultural Resistance to educate the American public about apartheid through the art and culture of South Africa. Until 1991, the organization curated multiple exhibitions, organized video screenings and performances, and published a monthly newspaper.

Prior to joining NRPA in March 2002, Green was instrumental in starting the artist-in-residence program at the University of New Mexico's (UNM) Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center; this initiative led to the creation of the Arts Technology Center (ATC). Green served as program coordinator for both the ATC and the Arts of the Americas Institute at UNM for two years before returning to Boston in 2001. She earned a MS in Arts Administration from Lesley University in 2003. Green has exhibited her paintings, one-of-a-kind artist's books, and installations in South Africa, Boston, and New York.

 
c. Helen Thorington is a writer, sound composer, and radio producer whose documentary, dramatic, and sound compositions have aired nationally and internationally for twenty years. Her productions for National Public Radio were among the first radio art works broadcast nationally. Thorington's commissioners include RAI (Italian radio), RNE (Spanish Radio) and ORF (Austrian radio). She also wrote and performed several soundscores for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; "Blauvelt Mountain" was performed at Jacob's Pillow, Massachusetts in 2002, and will be performed at the Kitchen in New York City in Fall 2003. Thorington has also created compositions for film and installation that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial, and in the Whitney Museum's Annual Performance series.

Thorington has produced three narrative works for the web and she played a principal artistic role in the cutting-edge multilocation Internet performance "Adrift" that was most recently presented as a performance and installation at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, 2001.

Thorington is the Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore), and the founder and producer of New American Radio (1987-1998), and Turbulence.org. Visit her web site >>

 

d. 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.

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