OLTW Panel + Launch Party Recap
Rachel began by telling a story about how a casual suggestion to visit an old tree in Japan inspired her decade long project. She also shared the physical trials, financial obstacles and personal limitations she faced during her journey to complete her artwork. She had to learn how to scuba dive as well as shoot underwater at the same time, broke her wrist in a danger zone, and was abandoned in Greenland for a while without any communication.
Sharon Ann Lee, ArtsTechLA’s director, moderated as panelists Paola Antonelli of MoMA, Michael Russel of JPL, Woody Fischer of Caltech and Rachel had a lively discussion on Deep Time, aggressive lichen, ancient bacteria in the permafrost, and extremophile organisms.
The evening ended with a cocktail party with some amazing edible landscapes: A vegetable forest with a hummus river and large bread loaves mimicking boulders. And a fruit space installation of blackberries, blood oranges and a planetary peach.
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