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January 24 2014

TERRA 901: Living in Pele's Paradise (Part 1)

A famous eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai'i, started in 1959 with spectacular fountains of lava and ended in 1960 with the tragic destruction of the village of Kapoho. This movie (part 1 of 2) tells the story of the eruption through eyewitness accounts and archival film footage, and examines the scientific and social lessons that still affect Hawai'i today. This film was selected for display in the Science Storytelling Workshop and AGU Cinema at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2013. Produced by Julia Sable.

December 20 2013

TERRA 826: A Wolf's Place

Gray Wolves stand on the edge of a precipice. Wild wolf populations across the Northern U.S. have rebounded to healthy, sustainable levels with the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Wolf advocates declare it a biological and political victory. But many ranchers call it a crime, demanding the wolves' immediate eradication... and they may just get their wish. Widespread hunting seasons have already opened in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, with the rest of the country potentially following suit as we debate delisting all wolves in the U.S. Whether you see the wolf as the majestic cousin of man's best friend, or as a bloodthirsty devil bent on destruction, we all have a visceral reaction to these misunderstood animals. "A Wolf's Place" takes a close look at how wolves have impacted the ecosystem since their reintroduction to Yellowstone 18 years ago, and the effect the recent hunting season have had on the park's wolves. It also tells the personal story of Wolf #10, the first wild wolf released into Yellowstone in over 70 years -- his triumphant life and his tragic death in the sights of a poacher's gun. Produced by Annie White.

December 05 2013

TERRA 825: WildFIRE PIRE: The Cradle of Fire

WildFIRE PIRE is a National Science Foundation five-year project that is an international partnership coordinated by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and Montana State University that focuses on the causes and consequences of fire in the past, present, and future. Scientists from research universities and agencies in the United States, Tasmania, and New Zealand have combined efforts to compare how past fire occurrences have influenced climate change and what these patterns can tell us about the future. With the primary areas of study in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, Australia’s Tasmanian conservation areas, New Zealand’s forests, and Patagonia’s wild places, the project is exploring how wildfires, which are often devastating, are related to climate change. Join a group of international fire scientists and students as they venture deep into Tasmania's Cradle Mountain National Park to better understand the role of fire in the ecosystem. Produced by WildFIRE PIRE.

November 07 2013

TERRA 823: The Venom Trail

The Venom Trail explores the path venom takes through a body and how the same chemicals are used to make medicine to combat the symptoms. Produced by Steve Spence.

October 25 2013

TERRA 822: WildFIRE PIRE: The (un)Luck of the Draw

WildFIRE PIRE (Partnerships in International Research and Education) is an international partnership focused on the causes and consequences of fire in the past, present, and future. This partnership includes scientists, educators, and fire specialists from: Montana State University, University of Colorado, University of Idaho, Salish Kootenai College, USDA Forest Service, Australian National University, University of Auckland, University of Tasmania, Landcare Research, and Monash University. The project also involves research and land managers from US and foreign non-profit conservation organizations, who are providing internship experiences for undergraduates and timely fire information. The expertise of the team includes scientists working on fire history, fire ecology, fire climatology, fire management, cultural anthropology, biodiversity and fire conservation, and invasive species. The team also includes specialists in natural history filmmaking and outreach, international education programs, project assessment, and data management. More information and videos may be found at wildfirepire.org. Produced by WildFIRE PIRE.

September 19 2013

TERRA 820: Your Body on Burgers

Meet Brett. He doesn't know it but he's addicted to food... Your Body on Burgers is a unique look at new research regarding food addiction and how certain products can change our brain and body in ways we wouldn't expect. In a time when America's health is in a state of crisis, understanding the consequences of our food choices is the first step toward revitalizing American food culture. Produced by Madison McClintock

September 13 2013

TERRA 819: Pride

Pride looks into the cultural relationship between residents of Gujarat, India and the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions in the world. With fewer than 50 lions living in the wild at the turn of the 20th century, rural communities started working with the government to create a haven for this top predator and are successfully securing this animal's place in the ecosystem. Produced by Roshan Patel

August 30 2013

TERRA 818: Fallen Gardens

FALLEN GARDENS explores the relationship between garden culture and deer populations. Communities on the Sunshine Coast represent many of the interface locations in British Columbia attempting to balance a respectful relationship between wildlife and the human need to develop aesthetically pleasing home environments. Implicit is the ethical question around how wildlife and human populations interrelate in ways that are environmentally honorable. Produced by Mike McKinlay.

August 16 2013

TERRA 817: Silencing the Thunder

Silencing the Thunder exposes the controversy surrounding the disease brucellosis and whether or not Yellowstone National Park’s bison population should be heavily managed because of it. Produced by Eddie Roqueta.

August 03 2013

*Landscapes of Protest* by Maria Pleshkova

Landscapes of Protest
by Maria Pleshkova

http://www.mariapleshkova.com/landscapes-of-protest

Memory and place have always been deeply interconnected. The idea that place can hold meaning was central in Pierre Nora’s doctrine of Memory Place. The intersection of memory and place formulates an idea of collective identity. Urban spaces become important and meaningful as people locate memory in them.

In 2011-2012, Russia saw some of the biggest protests since the 1990s. The protesters’ anger focused on #Vladimir_Putin, who has dominated #Russia for a decade: he served as president twice between 2000 and 2008, and immediately thereafter eased himself into the very powerful premiership. In 2012, he returned as Russia’s President for the third time. Hundreds of thousands of Russians took to the street to rally against existing state power, corruption and violation of human rights, and to call for political reforms.

I have been photographing mass protests in #Moscow since December 2011. I photographed certain places twice: first, at the moment of #protest going on there, and later, at some moment of everyday life. Comparing the two pictures I explore the process of a brief transformation of an ordinary location into a point of political or social focus.

Maria Pleshkova is a Russian #documentary photographer. Born in 1986 in Moscow she later studied Photojournalism in Moscow State University and in School of Visual Arts (Moscow). She was chosen as a student for the XXV Eddie Adams Workshop in 2012. In 2012, she received the Gold Prize in the Nature & Environment News Stories category and a Bronze Prize in the Art Culture & Entertainment News Stories category of the China International Press Photo Contest, and also became a laureate of the Young Russian Photographers contest and a finalist of the Inge Morath Award. In 2013, she got honorable mentions in China International Press Photo Contest. Maria’s works were shown in Russia, France and Spain.

August 02 2013

TERRA 816: Reduce Reuse Recycle-tron

Bjorn, a surly viking transported to the present through mysterious circumstances, must come to terms with Resource Conservation (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) through the expert coaching of high school students Brenda and Mickey, and their biology teacher, Mr. Wilson. The film is composed of two parts: a narrative and a music video, both overlain with motion graphics. These films were shown to focus groups of 6th-8th grade students to test the educational value and appeal of music videos and motion graphics. This film was sponsored by the Mr. Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Produced by Seth Ring.

July 18 2013

TERRA 815: WildFIRE PIRE: The Core of the Problem

WildFIRE PIRE is a National Science Foundation five-year project that is an international partnership coordinated by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and Montana State University that focuses on the causes and consequences of fire in the past, present, and future. Scientists from research universities and agencies in the United States, Tasmania, and New Zealand have combined efforts to compare how past fire occurrences have influenced climate change and what these patterns can tell us about the future. With the primary areas of study in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, Australia’s Tasmanian conservation areas, New Zealand’s forests, and Patagonia’s wild places, the project is exploring how wildfires, which are often devastating, are related to climate change. What is the fire history of New Zealand's unique landscape? Fire scientists from around the globe converge on New Zealand's many lakes extracting sediment cores that tell the story of New Zealand before and after the arrival of Maori and European settlers.

July 05 2013

TERRA 814: The Hudson River Clearwater Revival - Part 2

A group of middle school students sets sail on the Hudson River, aboard the Clearwater tall ship to learn about chemical water pollution. Produced by Hilary Hudson

June 21 2013

The Hudson River Clearwater Revival - Part 1

A group of middle school students sets sail on the Hudson River, aboard the Clearwater tall ship to learn about chemical water pollution. Produced by Hilary Hudson

June 07 2013

TERRA 812: Fly Fishing Is A Joke

This film is as much about the insurmountable distance between the camera and the subject as it is about the indefinable draw of fly fishing. This film was compiled in large part from the filmmaker's library of footage collected over several years making fly fishing oriented films. Produced by Henry Harrison

May 24 2013

TERRA 811: Floods at Campo de la Cruz - Faces

The films of Campo de la Cruz, Faces and Voices, are a complementary approach to tell the story of the catastrophic floods that occurred in Colombia's Caribbean Coast, during the rainy season of 2010-2011. After several months of heavy rains, the town and houses of Campo de la Cruz were covered under 20 feet of water and more than 30,000 people had to flee from their homes. However, some families stayed behind, built plastic shacks on the side of the road and waited for the water to drain. This multimedia approach tells the story of this people, of those who stayed behind and didn't want to leave their land. But, who is to blame? Produced by Federico Pardo

May 10 2013

TERRA 810: WildFIRE PIRE: A Ring of Fire

WildFIRE PIRE is a National Science Foundation five-year project that is an international partnership coordinated by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and Montana State University that focuses on the causes and consequences of fire in the past, present, and future. Scientists from research universities and agencies in the United States, Tasmania, and New Zealand have combined efforts to compare how past fire occurrences have influenced climate change and what these patterns can tell us about the future. With the primary areas of study in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, Australia’s Tasmanian conservation areas, New Zealand’s forests, and Patagonia’s wild places, the project is exploring how wildfires, which are often devastating, are related to climate change. Produced by: WildFIRE PIRE

April 30 2013

Hans-Peter Feldmann: Kunstausstellung / Johnen Galerie, Berlin

Johnen Galerie participated in Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013 with a solo show with works by German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann. The exhibition Kunstausstellung represents the methodology the artist has developed within the last years. The show includes two installations: Dreigruppen (Trianda); mostly forgotten or unknown artists, mainly paintings from the 19th and early 20th century. Feldmann arranges three images of different traditional subject-matters and techniques. Each viewer may perceive and interpret these constellations in his or her own way. Thus images of clearly defined theme and content are integrated in a network of open and complex relationships. Furthermore the exhibition includes works where the author actually remixes portraits, scenes with small interventions: red noses, crossed eyes and black eyes add a strikingly modern and humorous accent to the dusty and solemn images.

In this video, gallery owner Jörg Johnen introduces us to Hans-Peter Feldmann’s and oeuvre and the artist’s current exhibition.

Hans-Peter Feldmann was born in Düsseldorf in 1941. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions, lately at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2013), Serpentine Gallery, London (2012), Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2010), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2010) and Konsthall Malmö (2010). He lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Hans-Peter Feldmann: Kunstausstellung at Johnen Galerie Berlin (Germany). Interview with Jörg Johnen, April 26, 2013. Video by Frantisek Zachoval.

PS: Watch Hans-Peter Feldmann’s solo presentation within the framework of the exhibition The Endless Renaissance at Bass Museum in Miami Beach.

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April 29 2013

Richard Hughes at Anton Kern Gallery, New York

This video provides you with a walkthrough of British artist Richard Hughes’ solo show at Anton Kern Gallery in New York. Hughes was born in 1974 in Birmingham. He studied at Staffordshire University and Goldsmiths College London. Hughes lives and works in London. The current show at Anton Kern Gallery is Richard Hughes’ third solo exhibition at the gallery. It’s dominated by large sculptures that recall insect legs and seem to be made of lamp posts. The show runs until May 18, 2013. A Richard Hughes monograph was launched at the opening. More information is available after the break.

Richard Hughes. Solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. April 12, 2013. Video: Shimon Azulay.

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Exhibition text:

For his third solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, UK-based artist Richard Hughes has turned the gallery into a stage for a magic dance performed by a street gang of enchanted lamp posts, ice-cream-wafer-like garden walls and broken memorial statues found in the most dilapidated and dark corners of (British) suburbia. With his first artist monograph freshly published by JRP Ringier and two recent solo exhibitions at Tramway Art Space in Glasgow and Firstsite in Colchester, England, Hughes’ work is at the center of public attention.

Richard Hughes is known for his exceptional skill to turn ordinary, sometimes slightly repulsive objects that might be found in a hovel of a rooming house or unceremoniously dumped by the side of the road — bleak monuments to abused domestic or public spaces — into narrative sculptures. Their placement in a gallery space instantly invites questions as to its recent history, use, and function, or imminent action. Upon closer inspection, all objects reveal themselves as casts, meticulously crafted replicas of every-day things injected with an element of fantasy. The beauty within this ostensibly abandoned world lies in the moment of surprise when materials reveal themselves as “fakes.” This is the moment when hidden images and cultural memories become visible and intelligible, when the vernacular becomes a universal language. Hughes’ sculptures are not ready-mades. As facsimiles of common objects it’s not the object that is transformed but its reappropriated meaning and ability to reconfigure the object for the viewer. Gradually, these objects-turned-sculptures reveal their inherent capacity to tell stories, to evoke narratives that are charged with everyday-life experience and humor.

Richard Hughes has had solo exhibitions at Tramway, Glasgow (2012); Sculpture Court, Tate Britain (2006); The Showroom, London (2004); and is currently presented at Firstsite, Colchester, UK, in an exhibition entitled Time is over, time has come. His work has been exhibited internationally, including presentations at the François Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana, Venice (2009); the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2008); and the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (2006). Hughes was selected for the 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (2008); the fourth Liverpool Biennial (2006), and the British Art Show 6 (2005). He was nominated for the Beck’s Futures award in 2006 and was the recipient of the EAST International award in 2003.

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April 26 2013

TERRA 809: Floods at Campo de la Cruz - Voices

The films of Campo de la Cruz, Faces and Voices, are a complementary approach to tell the story of the catastrophic floods that occurred in Colombia's Caribbean Coast, during the rainy season of 2010-2011. After several months of heavy rains, the town and houses of Campo de la Cruz were covered under 20 feet of water and more than 30,000 people had to flee from their homes. However, some families stayed behind, built plastic shacks on the side of the road and waited for the water to drain. This multimedia approach tells the story of this people, of those who stayed behind and didn't want to leave their land. But, who is to blame? Produced by: Federico Pardo
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