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In active response to the novel coronavirus and its unfolding, we offer ArtSci PARTICLES interviews with members of our concentric network. We are deeply inspired by the thoughts, actions, and research-based responses made by our community in this unprecedented time. 


"It's going to take a new perception." 

Linda Weintraub formats this Particle episode as a commencement address to inspire an honest and positive response to this challenging moment. Through creative, critical analysis she reminds us that art can contribute to a beneficial outcome of the pandemic. Using the framework of the Minimalist movement of the 1960's, she illuminates that when things become stripped down and removed of context or knowing, we are left with essential facts and a real opportunity to look, feel, and respond with authenticity. From this place, perhaps we can create new and more sustainable perceptions and ways of being in the world and with one another. 

Linda has had a substantial impact on us at the ArtSci Center. She has been involved with us since 2006, hosting workshops, lectures, and participating in a number of symposiums. Her work, lifestyle and presence have been vital and warmly influential to us all. 
Linda Weintraub is a curator, educator, artist, and author of several popular books about contemporary art. She has earned her reputation by making the outposts of vanguard art accessible to broad audiences. The current vanguard, she believes, is propelled by environmental consciousness that is not only the defining characteristic of contemporary manufacturing, architecture, science, and philosophy; it is delineating contemporary art. Weintraub’s books exploring contemporary art and ecology include WHAT’s NEXT? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art (2018), To LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet (2012), and Avant-Guardians (2007), a series of textlets that include EcoCentric Topics: Pioneering Themes for Eco-ArtCycle-Logical Art: Recycling Matters for Eco-ArtEnvironMentalities: Twenty-two Approaches to Eco-Art. Weintraub applies environmental concerns to her personal life by managing a sustainable homestead where she practices permaculture.

She served as the director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute located on the Bard College campus where she toured many of the fifty exhibitions she curated, and published over twenty catalogues. Weintraub was the Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College; and currently teaches in the Nomad9 MFA program at the University of Hartford. She is the curator of the Artnauts’ 20th Anniversary exhibition. 
(excerpt) From: What's next? Eco Materialism and Contemporary Arts:

Eco Materialism envisions What’s next? for humans in the 21st century in terms of respectful interactions with the tangible and measurable conditions of Earth systems. Along with a recovery of wonder, Eco Materialists seek ways to regain kinship between the physicality of human bodies with the physicality of the planet. Such accord was relinquished when industry and commerce began providing the means to be sheltered, clothed, entertained, and fed. These modern conveniences replaced personal connections with life-sustaining resources with mechanical and automated processes. People could survive without encountering plants with their roots still in the ground, animals grazing and birthing, insects pollinating fruit, and wool growing on sheep. As a result, the stuff of everyday life lost its connection to the substances and processes inherent to the planet. Instead it reflects human designs and technologies. By the time most items enter peoples’ lives; the resources assembled to create them have been manipulated, dissected, and reconfigured out of recognition. Eco Material artists seek ways to reverse the loss of sensory enrichment and rapport with our planetary home.
Linda's ecological and permaculture homestead
April 7, 2019"Work Out / Tune-Up / Turn On -- What’s Next? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art" 
Linda Weintraub led a series of hands-on methods with visiting artists and scholars, faculty and students. In her approach, she re-established the physical organism as a tool for investigation and discovery, thus activating “sensory studies,” a growing field of academic inquiry, and “new materialism,” which is a current development in philosophy. Together with guest participants, Weintraub invites her audience to consider the remarkable capacity of the human organism to discern, interpret, and apply evidence of the material and energetic environment.
April 4-6, 2019Understanding Art Based Research in Times of Climate Change:
This symposium featured Linda Weintraub (along a dynamic cast of artist, scientists, humanitarians, and researchers) and addressed some of the thorny issues that arise when faculty work across traditional modes of scholarship, therefore charting new territory in their practice. Even in universities where there is enthusiasm about interdisciplinary research, many faculty who bridge different fields find promotion policies do not always value innovative aspects of their work. How does this influence curricular decisions? What are the implications for students, faculty and the larger community, especially in times of climate change and social unrest?
April 21, 2017Ecocentric Art + Science Symposium
Open-mic marathon symposium. ECO-CENTRIC ART + SCIENCE: Prophecies and Predictions was an open-mic marathon symposium featuring artist and author Linda Weintraub, nanoscientist James Gimzewski, evolutionary biologist Charles Taylor, environmentalist and author Ursula Heise, curator Sophie Lamparter, nano-toxicologist Olivia Osborne, and media art graduate students David Ertel + Symrin Chawla. This symposium provided the opportunity for professors and students from multiple academic disciplines to share their predictions of the way ecology will impact the theory, practice, insight, re-evaluation, or revision in their discipline in the coming years.
March 1, 2006: "Cycle-Logical Art"
In this lecture Linda discussed the term: Cycle-logic, using cyclic logic to expand thinking beyond current uses and end-point goals. Cycle-logic integrates recycling into artistic decisions about which materials are mined, how they are fabricated, what uses they serve, when they are discarded, and how they are reused. It simultaneously seeks methods of reuse that assure the ability of eco systems to cope with stress, withstand adversity, recover from disturbance, create vitality, and invent their own recycling strategies. In this manner, cycling the earth's limited materials becomes equated with art creativity.
The Bio Art Debate Lecture
Linda Weintraub and Bio artists tamper with elemental units of living matter and are a source of many controversial debates. The talk will attempt to ground arguments of skeptics and supporters by positioning these considerations within the context of fundamental life processes that are essential for maintaining life on Earth and supportive of environmental reform.


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