Waterwheel Symposium with the 4th and 5th grade students presenting their projects about water

 

Students presenting a series of waterscapes from around the Bay area. They made watercolors from photos.

The students presented a series of posters made on their iPads with the app PosterMaker. The series is about water conservation awareness in the midst of the severe drought California is going through right now.

Waterwheel platform here.

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Sip. Do Not Gulp. Panel Discussion: Lush Lawns and Delicious Dinner: How California’s Habits are about to change.

Lush Lawns and Delicious Dinners: How California’s Habits are About to Change
Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m.

At a moment when California’s water situation is of heightened concern, and the interconnectedness of food and water is at the center of the discussion, four experts come together to share their thoughts on the State’s condition. Jackie Davison, Outreach Coordinator in the Environmental Services Department at the Water Pollution Control Plant in Sunnyvale; Masie Ganzler, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Bon Appetit Management Company; Ed Maurer, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University; and Joe Morris, Morris Grassfed Beef discuss the impact California’s water shortage has on a personal and local level, and offer their perspectives on what the State’s future might hold. Programmed in conjunction with Sip. Do Not Gulp., on view through March 16, this program speaks to artist Michele Guieu’s commitment to engaging the community through her work.

The de Saisset Museum
500 El Camino Real,
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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Species Encounter at Art of Innovation within the Global Innovation Summit

Species Encounter is an interactive installation in which the participation of the public is essential. Visitors are invited to walk behind a large screen lit by colored LED lamps and play on the screen with the shapes I created for the project. Visitors can enjoy the installation from inside (making the shapes move) and/or from outside (watching).
Species Encounter was part of the GLOW festival at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz last Fall and part of SubZERO festival in June 2013.

Anno Domini Gallery presents an eclectic evening of San Jose’s arts and culture at the Global Innovation Summit + Week.

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 6–10pm, free & open to the public.
San Jose Convention Center (lower level of new expansion)
150. W. San Carlos St., downtown San Jose.

40+ artists, performers, musicians plus hundreds of conference attendees from 50 countries around the globe!

Participating Artists / Performers
Frank Aguilar / sculpture, Brandon Anderton / painting, Arcade by SJSU Game Dev, Art Alive Gallery by Trina Merry / installation, Becca’s Studio / crafts, Ytai, Ben-Tsvi / IOIO Plotter, Bingus Pingus Art / crafts, David Canavese Art / sculpture, Classic Loot / vintage jewelry, Jean Davis / paintings, Drew and Barb / fashion & jewelry, Force 129 / paintings, Michele Guieu / Species Encounter, Andre Hart / paintings, Jeff Hemming / paintings, Al Linke / LED Pixel Art, Jason McHenry / drawings, Mejia Arts / drawings & henna, Mariya Milovidova / drawings & fashion, Minou / paintings, LauruS Myth / paintings, Noise Furniture / urban upcycling, Gianfranco Paolozzi / mixed media, Poet Laureate David Perez / The Poetry Site, Steven Reece / pyropaintings, Seeing Things Gallery / paintings & zines, Slave Labor Graphics / indie comics, Geoffrey Smith II / GIS photo booth, South Bay Circus Arts, TechShop San Jose, Tim Thompson / Space Palette, Visual Confections / jewelry.

Live Music
SCLOrk /Santa Clara University Laptop Orchestra, Freya Seeburger / cello, ShovelMan / junkyard beatnic, Haptic Synapses / improv electronic.

The Global Innovation Summit is a major gathering of leading entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, journalists, investors, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and innovation thought leaders from 50 countries. The Global Innovation Summit is the anchor event for Global Innovation Week. The Art of Innovation event will be the closing party for all conference attendees, and open to the public. Free admission.

Hosted and sponsored by the City of San Jose, Global Innovation Summit and Anno Domini.

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Sip. Do Not Gulp. by curator Lindsey Kouvaris

“Sip. Do Not Gulp.” examines the interconnectedness of food and water throughout Santa Clara Valley’s long history. Created by Bay Area artist Michele Guieu, the site-specific installation calls attention to the shifting patterns and practices of water usage in the Valley. Once an abundant resource, agricultural development, population increase, and urban sprawl have placed stress on fresh water availability. Comprised of a painted mural, a documentary video, and a symbolic acorn “rug,” Guieu highlights the preciousness of water as a local resource and draws salient connections to food production in this region: if there is no water, there is no food.

Designed specifically for the de Saisset Museum, Guieu’s painted mural extends across three walls, looking at four distinct periods in local history: the Native Ohlone, the Mission era, the Rancho period, and present day Silicon Valley. The mural traces the transformation of Santa Clara Valley from a land rich with water and natural resources to a space defined by technology and struggling to meet water demand.

A documentary video, projected on the wall in the center of the mural, brings together four distinct voices to address water concerns from a range of perspectives: Andrea Blum, chef and writer; James Famiglietti; Professor of Earth System Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Irvine; Edward Mauer, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University; Ann Marie Sayers, Ohlone Storyteller and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon.

In the center of the room lies a rug formed of acorns locally hand-picked from different species of oaks. Acorns were an essential food source for the Ohlone. In the middle of the rug a small table is set with a pitcher of water—a reminder that the most important thing on the menu is water. Water is a necessity for farming, cooking, and irrigating—our food supply depends on it.

To encourage dialogue about our growing water concerns, “Sip. Do Not Gulp.” is designed to be interactive. Museum visitors are invited to share stories, commentary, and reflections on the role of water in our lives by posting comments directly onto the surface of the mural. With time, the image created by Guieu will become a forum for discussion—a place where the community can exchange ideas, express concerns, and offer solutions.

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Sip. Do Not Gulp – video

A chef, two scientists and an Ohlone storyteller give their perspectives on the connection between food and water, in the context of the severe drought California is going through at this time.
This video is part of that installation “Sip. Do Not Gulp.” at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, California.

With:
- Andrea Blum, culinary artist – in Residence at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga
- Jay Famiglietti, Professor of Earth System Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine
- Ed Maurer, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering – in Santa Clara University
- Ann Marie Sayers, Ohlone Storyteller and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon

Sip. Do Not Gulp.
January 17 – March 16, 2014

De Saisset Museum
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 554-452

Link to the exhibition on the de Saisset website.

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“Sip. Do Not Gulp.” installation at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara University

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Participation of the Public

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Finishing up the mural - this is the beginning of the story, the Ohlone period, when the water was flowing abundently...

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Tracing the mural

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The students help to paint the mural!

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Working on some acorn representation

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Painting Silicon Valley

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Museum closed for installation

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I handpicked almost 200 Lb of acorns from different places in Santa Clara Valley and from different types of Oak trees. Those have been cooked to kill the parasites.

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Adding the blue web of pipes

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Videotaping the oak trees in Pinnacles National Park

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Interviewing Professor Jay Famiglietti in San Francisco, at the AGU conference.

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Interviewing Ed Maurer - Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, in Santa Clara University

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Interviewing Andrea Blum, culinary artist in residency at Montalvo Arts Center.

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Interviewing Ann Marie Sayers - Ohlone Storyteller and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon - in Indian Canyon

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With the crew of students

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The mural before the blue was added

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A special help from my youngest son

sip_do_not_gulp_01Participation of the PublicFinishing up the mural - this is the beginning of the story, the Ohlone period, when the water was flowing abundently...Tracing the muralThe students help to paint the mural!Working on some acorn representationPainting Silicon ValleyIMG_2734Museum closed for installationI handpicked almost 200 Lb of acorns from different places in Santa Clara Valley and from different types of Oak trees. Those have been cooked to kill the parasites.Adding the blue web of pipesVideotaping the oak trees in Pinnacles National ParkInterviewing Professor Jay Famiglietti in San Francisco, at the AGU conference.Interviewing Ed Maurer - Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, in Santa Clara UniversityInterviewing Andrea Blum, culinary artist in residency at Montalvo Arts Center.Interviewing Ann Marie Sayers - Ohlone Storyteller and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon - in Indian CanyonWith the crew of studentsThe mural before the blue was addedBlue starts!IMG_2757A special help from my youngest son

When I was commissioned by the de Saisset Museum to create a mural about the history of food and water in the Santa Clara Valley, I immediately thought about the great amount of water it takes to grow food and what that means in a region which experiences droughts and water scarcity. I wanted to tell people that although we enjoy great food in the region, growing food comes with a very large, mostly invisible, “water-tag”, and we may have a very hard time in the near future responding to the growing demand of a growing population. Due to the drought we are going through in California, lots of farmers are facing drastic decisions concerning their crops.

I thought about making a video that would be integrated in the mural.
I met with four amazing people: Andrea – culinary artist – at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga; with Jay Famiglietti – Professor of Earth System Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine – in San Francisco on the occasion of the AGU conference, the largest worldwide conference in geophysical sciences; with Ann Marie Sayers – Ohlone Storyteller and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon – in Indian Canyon, south of Hollister, where she lives surrounded by a wonderful nature; and with Ed Maurer – Associate Professor, Civil Engineering – in Santa Clara University, where he works and where the De Saisset Museum is located.

When I visited the gallery at the museum, despite the fact that there was not much time to put everything together, I imagined taking over the whole space with the mural. It represents 1000 sq.ft. On the left the Ohlone period is represented. Facing the entrance the mural is about the mission/ rancho era, and on the right wall it is the present, with Silicon Valley.

In the middle a “rug” made of acorn” represents one of the most important food for  the Ohlone People, the first to have lived in the region. I hand-picked those acorns across Santa Clara Valley, from Palo Alto to Pinnacles National Park, via Sunnyvale and Indian Canyon. I brought bags and bags of acorns to the museum where they were stored and then cooked to sterilize them.

I traced the whole mural in one day and then, with an amazing organization from the museum and a group of dedicated students who helped me paint, the mural was finished in a few days.

The mural welcomes the participation of the visitors, who are invited to express their ideas about the role played by water from growing food to eat it, in our region, in a time of intense water use, rapid urban growth and droughts. Markers are at their disposition to draw, share a thought, a quote, a statistic on a bright blue paper plate. They can then tape the paper plate anywhere on the mural.

“Sip. Do not Gulp.” is shown at the same time with  A Serving of Shapes: An Exploration in 3D Printing by artist Corinne Takara.
Workshops: January 11 and January 18, 1-4 p.m., free
Exhibition: January 31 – March 16, 2014

“Sip. Do not Gulp” opens January 17.
The opening reception is Thursday, February 13.

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