ARC - Art and research center - Part 1

July, 2017.

The general topic of discussion at the ARC seminar on July 2017, was the urgent Miami sea level rise, the Anthropocene, where we stand and how can we act as an artist, curator, institution to take steps towards helping humans survive this possible extinction crisis we are facing. How can the human race improve and stop and try and reverse the damages done, before the point of no return?  

The Miccosukee activist Reverend Houston Cypress gave us a detailed comprehension of the Everglades waterways and some of the ongoing problems: high levels of mercury in the water and an uneven wave of over flooding and dryness in their land in the Everglades. They also took us on an airboat tour ride into their reservation area. We saw what an apple tree in the Everglades looks like,  giant crickets by the hundreds, plenty mosquitoes bites and some domesticated alligators. And left us with the quest for stillnes, harmony and a better, less destructive form of living. 

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Poem by Brooke McNamara

Stop with me

 

Stop.  Stop working.  Stop trying to stop working.  

Stop trying.  Stop being lazy.  Stop searching for meaning.  

Stop landing anywhere.  Stop acting confused.  Stop.

 

Stop locking up your mysteries.  Let me in.  Stop rearranging the surface features of your life.  Stop thinking deep is deep.  Stop thinking blood is red.  Stop hoarding the blood-red wisdom unborn in you.

 

There’s got to be a better way.  Do you love me?  Stop

loving me.  Stop unloving me.  Stop tearing me apart.  

Stop with me.  Let’s stop together.  Six seconds.  Ready.  Set.  Stop.

 

Now let’s stop together forever, 

 

and let the stopping go.