Featured Solo Artist: Ruth Dusseault
Argha x Art presents "The Active Observer" by Ruth Dusseault, a short story about technology and the patterns of the future.
The Active Observer is a photographic and film oriented examination of the anarchist architect, Michael Reynolds, and his community of 75 handmade earthships. We begin in New Mexico's high desert, where Michael's methodologies have influenced a new generation of millennials through open source sharing, educational residencies and "flash mob" building sessions. We then meet two new followers as they build structures of their own on a potato farm in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Media theorist Fred Turner provides historical context, and Michael Reynolds provides the artwork and prose. The Active Observer is the first in the short film series from Ecotopia, a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Learn more here.
Opening // 7:30PM
Panel discussion // 9:00PM
Closing // 10:00PM
Suggested donation // $5
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About Ecotopia: explores the contemporary back-to-the-land movement through the lens of ethnography, history and digital utopianism. What began as a photographic field study of millennials living off-grid after the economic collapse has developed into a discursive body of work about the emergence of remote maker spaces and living laboratories for life after the fall.
About Ruth Dusseault: Ruth Dusseault is a cross-disciplinary media artist who works in photography, film and installation. Her work falls at the intersection of geography and social psychology, reflecting utopian expressions as they enter the built environment. She has a BA in psychology and attended graduate school in journalism before earning her MFA at Florida State University, studying under Steve Kurtz. Dusseault taught lens-based and site-specific art as Artist in Residence at Georgia Tech's College of Design for a decade. She curated exhibitions that merge art and architecture for the District of Columbia Art Center, the Contemporary in Atlanta and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She designs special topics courses that merge visual thinking, photography and science for Emory University and Georgia State University.