Radio Dreaming Kickstarter Campaign is LIVE!

Radio Dreaming Kickstarter VideoJoin in the final push to help my collaborator, Anna Keleher, and I to launch our new 5-part Radio Dreaming series and Pod Tour this spring!

Almost two years in the making, Radio Dreaming is definitely our most ambitious (and expensive) collaborative project to date. Despite our shoestring budget, we still need funds to have a successful launch.

So we've created a special video and Kickstarter campaign, which is now LIVE!

Check it out, spread the word and contribute, what you can!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/radiodreaming/claire-and-anna-radio-dreaming

THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting our project in any way that you can. We are very grateful for your support!

Where have I been - you ask?

DREAMING PLACE: Marble Arch Caves Geopark

I've just returned from 40 days and 40 nights of “action research” and experiment above and below ground in a traveling residency at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Eire/Northern Ireland. (To locate the geopark on google maps click here.) Supported by Marble Arch Caves Geopark and funded by Arts Council England, DREAMING PLACE asks the question, “Does the land dream through us?”

During our "traveling residency" we camped at various sites throughout the Geopark and encountered an array of people, places and things which helped us to explore our three main focuses of the project: dúlra – ecosystem; dúchas– heritage; aisling – dream. We captured our experiences, ideas and insights both in sound with our trusty digital audio recorders and pen and ink through an evolving collaborative drawing. We also created a "DREAMING PLACE toolkit", which we plan to share in the form of a book - more details forthcoming.

Our field work at Marble Arch Caves Geopark is now complete, but there is still so much we want to share so Anna and I are still blogging! Visit our blog at www.dreamingplace.eu for daily audio, image and stories.

To give you a little background on the collaborative project: Anna Keleher and I met at Dartington College of Art in 2007 during our studies on the M.A. Arts and Ecology course, at which time we began our collaborative practice. When we finished our studies we vowed we would meet up again in Ireland one day to continue our collaboration and further research prehistoric ecologies. During our recent 40-day residency, we “made good” on our promise to each other.

Many thanks to all those who helped make DREAMING PLACE a success. We miss the people, places and things of MAC Geopark. We´ll be back! Our special thanks to Fermanagh Council officers Diane Henshaw and Rose Cremin, Geopark Manager Richard Watson and Education Director, Martina McGee of MAC Geopark, David Scott of Gortatole Activity Centre, Outland Arts and all the other wonderful people who gave us tea, lent us boats and shared their good craic with us.

Follow us on the DREAMING PLACE project blog as we bring our collaborative drawing into the public eye and transform our audio recordings into a three-part radio series.....

"How Far From Home Are We?" Photos and update!

There is something magical about having a vision of something for a long time and then coaxing and birthing this vision into reality. This is how I felt with the recent collaborative exhibition, "How Far From Home Are We?" that has been/will be installed for the month of April at the Harwood Arts Center in Albuquerque. The process of bringing this show into the world was more magical because it was all done with my project collaborators Anna and Becky in the UK. The show took shape over the course of months through flurries of emails, reports and reponses. And then I manifested our vision at the Harwood with the indispensable help of my husband Chris and my friend Aimee Deans. It all started over two years ago when I applied to have a show of "How Far From Home Are We?" at the Harwood Art Center in 2009. At the time, Chris and I were still in New Zealand and the dates for the show seemed far off. And they got moved from that fall to the next fall and then to the Spring of 2011. So this show was a long time coming and it is wonderful to see the vision and the many experiences of the journey that the show comes from in a new form at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque!

Peruse images of the show and opening here.

Listen an excerpt or the entire Radio Journey here! (It was broadcast on Sound Art Radio in the UK and on KRZA radio Alamos-Taos during the exhibition.)

Check out images of my "Sounds Surround Workshop" here.

Read about the exhibition in the Taos News here.

The project website is howfarfromhomearewe.com We'd love to have your feedback on the show!!

How Far From Home Are We? - Opens April 1st

“How Far From Home Are We?” An illustrated Radio Journey by Anna Keleher, Claire Coté and Rebecca Beinart

Opening Reception April 1, 6 – 8pm

Exhibition installed April 1 – 29, 2011 Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10 AM to 4 PM, and Fri Apr. 15th 6-8 PM

Making its debut in the United States, this exhibition is the collaborative outcome of a voyage in a small van from Totnes England to Helsinki Finland via the Baltic States and back through Scandinavia, across 16 borders, over 5,700 kilometers and all in seventeen days. On-site recordings and creative reflection are woven together to provide illuminating glimpses of a journey by land and sea. Collaborative pen and ink drawings created over bumpy roads and by the light of headlamps offer illustrated glimpses. Whittled tally-sticks provide a sculptural “account” of the expedition. Come and experience this intimate multi-sensory journey and join the collaboration through listening, smelling and drawing!

Dates pending for broadcasts of this radio journey on Sound Art Radio 102.5 fm, Totnes, England and KRZA Radio 88.7 fm , Alamosa CO. / Taos, NM. Check our website below of updates and live streaming opportunities!

Sounds clips, drawings and more info at: howfarfromhomearewe.com

'Sounds Surround' Sound Journeys Workshop

Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM Saturday, April 2, 10 am – 12 noon

Workshop Facilitator – Claire Coté Workshop is $15 - Preregistration Requested Morning tea and scones provided

The sounds surrounding us are an often neglected, but very important part of our perceptual experience of places and the world in general. This workshop provides guidance on deepening our listening in each place and how to bring soundscape awareness and sound journeys into our work. The workshop will include brief introductions to sound, listening and sound art as well as providing participants with experience-based listening exercises in and out of doors, to open our ears and minds to the sounds surrounding us.

“Sounds Surround” is open to all, but is especially geared towards artists, teachers, park rangers and interpretation specialists.

To register for the workshop please contact Claire Coté at 575-586-2362 or by email at email@clairecote.com.

‘Sounds Surround’ is presented in connection with “How Far From Home Are We?” an illustrated radio journey and a multi-sensory installation at the Harwood Center for the Arts. More information online at: howfarfromhomearewe.com

Recycled Art Workshops at the Harwood!

For the past 3 weekends, I team-taught 3 Recycled Art Workshops at the Harwood Museum of Art with Taos artist, activist and educator, Sienna Sanderson.  It was wonderful to work with Siena and I loved the opportunity to provide a creative outlet for kids and families to create art using repurposed and recycled materials. The Taos News did a little feature on the project as well. You can read it here.

Sienna and I chose the theme of “nature in spring” with a focus on birds, flowers and bugs. Each week we had a particular focus with creating birds, then bird housing (bird houses and nests both bird-sized and kid-sized) and then food (bugs, caterpillars, slugs and snakes) for the birds along with lots of lowers, eggs and other inspired creations from participants’ imagination.

In the installation we chose to bridge the indoor and outdoor museum spaces by installing work both out of doors and inside the education installation area. For me the most exciting aspect of the workshops was witnessing and participating in the transformation of what would usually be considered "junk" into creative innovative, and beautiful birds, birdhouses, eggs, bugs and other creations. One of my favorites was the "bird nest hat" above made by Ewan from an unknown rubber ring, wire and a piece of badminton

The creations from the workshops are installed in the Education exhibition area of the Harwood Museum on Ledoux St. in Taos through the end of May 2010. If you have the chance to stop by, do it! You won't be disappointed!

We hope to be offering more opportunities to participate in other recycled art adventures at the Harwood! Visit the Harwood online at http://www.harwoodmuseum.org/

Also - I am mulling over some ideas for offering some recycled art workshops out of my studio this summer. I'll keep you posted on that as well.....

Dispersal/Return Reception Invitation

Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000-2006

August 28th - December 20th, 2009 UNM Art Museum, Center for Fine Arts, Albuquerque

Claire Long and Anna Keleher invite you to join them on Friday September 25th, 5-7pm at the Center for Fine Arts (Popejoy Hall), University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque for the reception of  Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000-2006.

To visit the UNM Art Museum website click here.

Approaching an Exchange: Albuquerque

Approaching an Exchange: Albuquerque
Potentising elements of our lives, cultures and times

A collaborative project by Claire Long and Anna Keleher

An inter-temporal "Exchange" initiated in Dartmoor National Park, England now comes to New Mexico! Through the idea of exchange, the participatory project presses against boundaries of time and preconceptions of past and present peoples and cultures. Film short - UNM Art Museum, August 28th - December 20th Visitors to Dispersal/Return at the UNM Art Museum are invited to experience "Approaching an Exchange: Dartmoor", a short collage of sound and image collected from visitors to a Bronze Age roundhouse on wild and windy Dartmoor during the project’s UK pilot phase.

Live events - September 29th and October 3rd, 10 am - 2 pm Artists Claire Long and Anna Keleher invite you to add your voice to the growing community of Exchange participants, journeying with them to a nearby prehistoric, archaeological site to share elements of your lives and cultures with the original inhabitants. Light lunch will be provided. Reservations required; early booking recommended; places limited.

For reservations or more information visit the museum, call 505-277-2868, email clairabell22@hotmail.com, or visit www.claireandanna.com

Claire Long (New Mexico) and Anna Keleher (Devon, UK) and  have been collaborating since October, 2007. Their collaborative practice arose from shared interests in archaeology, Dartmoor National Park, walking and sound collection and has evolved through continued exploration of place and site-specific works.

Presented as part of Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000 - 2006 August 28 – December 20, 2009 University of New Mexico Art Museum, Center for Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque And Land Arts New Mexico www.landartnm.org

Radical Raven Adventures

Today details were finalized on an upcoming 3 day summer camp that I will be co-facilitating with Roberta Salazar, executive director of Rivers and Birds. The camp will explore sustainability and ecology through art, games and other hands on projects. If you have kids who might be interested in attending, please call us at 575-776-5200 to reserve a place by June 25th, 2009. We hope that this will be a pilot project for camps and workshops in future years!

3 Days of art, ecology and games in nature