Today was my second day interning at the Midwest Museum of Natural History. I was excited to actually get a bit of shooting in today. I also met the other woman that will be working in collections with me and she seems super friendly (and oddly enough reminds me of an old summer friend I once made.) We started documenting the live collection for their veterinary records.
Here are just a few of the out takes from the session that I really enjoyed. From top to bottom we have Jade (chinese water dragon), Vladimir (russian tortoise) and Tiny's tail (leopard gecko). I still have a handful of the animals left to shoot, but I think we made good progress today!
New and exiting space news was released today! The Voyager 1 has (or is pretty darn close) left our solar system! It's been floating around for almost 36 years, along with Voyager 2. They've been collecting information as interplanetary probes up until Voyager 2 passed Neptune in 1989, now they are referred to as interstellar probes. These probes hold the legendary "golden records" that contain information about our planet. I get excited thinking about the possibility of other life forms finding the Voyagers and maybe, just maybe having the ability to receive the information off of the records. It's amazing to think about, but we are one step closer to broadening our knowledge of the universe, and possibly beyond.
"Voyager 1 is currently about 11 billion miles (18 billion km) away; Voyager 2 trails a bit at 9 billion miles (14 billion km). In December of last year, Voyager 1 beamed back data showing that the charged particles around it appeared to have come to a standstill, suggesting that it had entered a final transition zone before interstellar space…"
"What’s not in dispute among any of the scientists is that the spacecraft is now, undeniably, in a new and unexplored region—pushing the reach of humanity farther than it’s ever gone before. What we call that place is, in many respects, less important than the fact that we’re there at all."
An interesting little snippet about "De-Extinction" passed on to me by a friend with images by Robb Kendrick. I had never seen his work before, but there are obvious correlations between my work and this little series.
As an adult that had the luck of growing up with Jurassic Park, Articles like this always spark a range of emotions. Excitement, fear, curiosity, disgust, etc. Should we bring back extinct creatures? In what cases should this be used? Who gets to make those decisions? I have my own beliefs on it all, and I do think it is great and exciting news, but I do feel horrible for the guinea pigs of these studies. Either way, Kendrick's work shows these majestic creatures in a beautiful way, giving them "life" again, even if momentarily.
I came across this video a few years ago and just rediscovered it. Those of you that are forced to write these atrocities might get a laugh, and those of you that don’t, I hope you see the struggle visual artists have to go through to explain their natural impulses. This video lays out the comedic truth of writing an artist statement.
This video was created by Jörg M Colberg : artist and mastermind behind Conscientious.
A friend of mine posted this to Facebook, so sadly I don't have the original source. If you know it, please contact me so I can update this post with a reference.
After having my work published in Dialogist, Heather Cox (the featured poet in that issue) contacted me with interest in my work. Come to find, she works for a small publishing company Tree Light Books. She asked to use Jerry Springer Jesus as a cover for their latest chapbook with writings by Rachel Levy. You can purchase a copy and check out what the pressing looks like HERE. I am so thankful for such a random encounter and opportunity.
In other news, I just returned from the national SPE conference in Chicago. I had the great chance to see old friends, make some new ones and attend a few good lectures. I think my favorite lecture at the event was by Dana Fritz. Viewing her work, and hearing her discuss her concepts has led to some sparks of ideas in my mind.
I also had the chance to see one of my biggest inspirations, Olivia Parker, talk as well. Although she did not discuss much of the concept behind her work, she did talk about her process and the transition she's been making from analog to digital.
Henry Horenstein was the other highlight of my conference experience. Sadly, he did not give a lecture but he did sit down for a book signing. Luckily, I was able to get a copy of Anamalia and have that signed.
The photo overload doesn't stop here, tomorrow I'll be going to the Milwaukee Art Museum in great company to check out a Nan Goldin exhibition.
Words and Stuff.
Here you will find Kim's musings, thoughts on art related topics and the most current updates on her work.