TEDxMonterey; theBlu in Times Square
My energy is still high and hopeful for a July or August installation. Thank you for your emotional and financial contributions and belief in me, this project and the vision.
I'm just back from TEDxMonterey "Sea Change" last Friday in California. It was a dream of a "job" to be invited to be the licensee and help create the event with Eva Gudbergsdottir, Bob Cole, and Colleen Ann Beye at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MIIS. (will do best to use as many acronyms in this as possible, since I know they really like them at MIIS). It was live-streamed in 7 languages! If you are short on time: check out the photos at the bottom!!
From scientists to economists, dancers, to educators, seafood to subsistence fishermen, it was all oceans. I was invited to speak: "Coral Restoration-Mutual Symbiosis in the Anthropocene" was my topic (thanks, Eric Berlow, for Anthropocene) and to have Trash Tara (latest alter ego in progress) be an interactive exhibit in the Innovation Lounge. No, I did not curate myself into the show! but was grateful to be asked and to invite some unique presenters and loungers: Sustainable Now Technologies
Inspired by the Oceans, theBlu is a socially-connected, global interactive screensaver. Each time you participate, your interactions and connections impact the flow of life in theBlu and everyone's experience of it.
TheBlu is created and curated Academy Award-winning leaders and world-class artists and developers - we call them Makers. Each time you purchase beautiful species and habitats to add to the globally-connected Ocean, you support oceanic conservation."
On May 4th theBlu launches in Times Square. 5-11 PM 43rd St. Please come if you can!
I will be in NY for an art opening May 3: Tria Gallery, 6-8 PM
and will help theBlu with their launch..
Amphitrite will be on the scene...
from TEDxMonterey photo booth
Those of you who made it to TEDx, thank you and happy to see you there! Everyone else, happy to share with you that the coral refuge is still on track.
Paraphrasing Lynne Cox, swimmer of the English Channel and other cold vast waters, the path (straight) may look like 5 hours, but it is 12 hours after you have to snake around and navigate the currents, tides, and wildlife. that is why it is a challenge and why people dream big dreams. not because they are easy. Yes, i am talking to myself here.
I received a reassuring photo of the DNA sculpture from Jason deCaires Taylor this week. Safe under a tarp...Can't seem to upload to show.
here is a photo of Alyssum Pohl--aquaculturist, artist, performer-- and I at the TEDx. She was my creative cohort in the Trash Tara exhibit where we displayed the costume in-progress and invited people to help make her "catch-all" out of 6-ring plastic holders and fish nets. A way to compassionately collect trash and transform our negative guilt or denial about our garbage into something more positive and pro-active.
Trash Tara parts in-progress
"catch-all" on wall in progress
fishing net found 25m down in marine sanctuary (donated to project)
all photos by Alyssum Pohl
the sun is shining and cherry blossoms are snowing on me in Portland. Thanks and love~ Colleen and Amphitrite
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