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HOX ZODIAC Animal Gathering Honoring the MONKEY!

Three monkeys with the words 'Hear, Look, Talk, AIDS for yourself' representing an advertisement for the Stop AIDS Kanagawa campaign as part of the 10th International Conference on AIDS and STD in 1994. Colour lithograph, 1994.  Credit: Wellcome Collection
Victoria Vesna &
Siddharth Ramakrishnan


Invite You to Participate in Storytelling & Sharing Food for the Evolving Cookbook Featuring the Monkey!

SUNDAY, Sept 11, 
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT / 6:00 pm CEST
Year of the TIGER, 2022


In a Series of Monthly Animal Gatherings, 
We Move Around the Wheel of the Chinese Zodiac. We are on the 9th Animal...MONKEY! 

The Pasteur Institute, Kasauli, India - a caged monkey with drooping eyes (ptosis) due to rabies. Photograph, ca. 1910. Credit: Wellcome Collection

 Featuring Fantastic People Born in the Sign of the MONKEY

 Cristina Albu (Missouri)

Cristina  Albu is an art historian, educator, and writer focusing on crossovers between contemporary art, cognitive sciences, and technology. She is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Albu is the author of Mirror Affect: Seeing Self, Observing Others in Contemporary Art (Minnesota University Press, 2016) and the co-editor (with Dawna Schuld) of Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art (Routledge, 2018). Her writings have appeared in scholarly anthologies (e.g. Nervous SystemsHybrid PracticesFramingsThe Permanence of the TransientCrossing Cultures) and journals (e.g. AfterimageArtnodesCamera Obscura, and the Comparative Media Arts Journal). At UMKC, Albu teaches courses on global contemporary art, participatory and site-specific tendencies, museum studies, and the role of emotion in art reception. 
Girija Hariharan (India)

Girija Hariharan, is an artist and Muralist based out of Bangalore, India. She works with street art, large art installations and art intervention workshops to effect social change and community healing. Recognised as one of the top innovators of Bangalore, her street art and interviews have appeared in multiple publications. Along with traditional fine art mediums, Girija explores body art, music, poetry, tech art, graphic design, book covers, illustrations. Her original artworks are sold worldwide, with her primary themes amalgamate feminism, mythology, anthropology, environment and spirituality.

Mana Salehi (Spain)

Mana Salehi, video artist and researcher of Iranian origin, has lived and worked in Barcelona since 2004. She received her doctorate from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. The subject of her research and artistic production is Water and the symbols of the garden in contemporary art”. She has done several researches in Japan, the United States and Iran. She has participated in various international and national solo and group exhibitions. In her work, she explores environmental crises and human emotions through visual poetics. She has been a professor of Visual Arts and new media at various universities in Tehran and has also organized a workshop at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. 
In 2020 she was a member of the jury of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona organized by Casa Asia and, she was a professor of course secrets of Persian garden at Casa Asia.
Currently, she is displaying her recent video art The Voice of Saffron at the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid.
She is also a member of Woman Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD) in the United States.  



Furthermore, there will be a Hox Zodiac night at the Soil Factory on September 10th as a part of a fantastic 24 hour event in Ithaca, NY! 

Hosts: Linda Weintraub/Victoria Vesna

September 10-11, a 24 hour event starts at noon, goes to noon! A Fantastic Weekend of Undisciplinary Research, Assembly, Place-making, Building, and Hanging Out...LAB/STUDIO - FARM/SCHOOL - SPACE/PLACE: A Public Program, Panel, Workshop, and Campout . An invitation to collaborate from the Soil Factory and Artists’ Literacies Institute! ScienceStudio & ArtLab – The Soil Factory celebrates community with hanging out together over a weekend... Put up your tent in the fields, organize a nightwalk, mothing, pottery, building infrastructure and any activity you want to share. This is for everyone who is interested in interdisciplinarity, creativity, community building and sustainable development, no matter where you live and work. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOIL FACTORY

Recommended Ingredients  for the MONKEY

EAT or be EATEN --
MONKEY -- offer yourself as the animal or what is recommended for you.


Hanuman, the monkey god, carrying a mace in his left hand and the mountain of Sanjeevani in his right hand - print from the Ravi Varma Press, 1910s [In Hinduism, Sanjeevani is a magical herb which has the power to cure serious nervous system disorders. It is believed that medicines prepared from this herb could revive the patient in any situations where death is almost certain.] Credit: The British Museum 

A monkey walking. Collotype after Eadweard Muybridge, 1887.  Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904 Date 1887 -- Credit: Wellcome Collection --- One of 781 collotypes which form Eadweard Muybridge's magnum opus, Animal locomotion, 1887. This work originated in an attempt to settle the argument which arose in 1871 between Leland Stanford, president of the Central Pacific Railroad, and Robert Bonner, owner of the New York Ledger, as to whether a trotting horse ever had all four feet off the ground at once. Both men were prepared to enter the controversy fully and to contribute ideas and practical means to prove his side of the argument. Muybridge's solution was to photograph each stage in the trot of a horse called Occident owned by Stanford. Some of Muybridge's photographs did appear to show Occident with all four of his feet lifted at the same time clear of the ground. The research and photography for Animal Locomotion was carried out for the University of Pennsylvania in 1884-1885, using and improving the techniques developed in the 1870s. Of the 781 plates, 95 were devoted to the horse and 124 to other animals. The other 562 are devoted to men, women, and children, nude, semi-nude, and draped, walking, running, dancing, getting up and lying down, wrestling, boxing, leaping, etc.


While we consume, co-habit, collaborate, and even

create animals around us - we as humans forget that

we ourselves are animals. Animals serve as our

foods, offer companionship, are sacrificed for

science and are entwined in our myths and stories -

yet always take a back seat as we move forward.

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