Event Date: April 9th 2015
Meeting Location: Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, Asheville North Carolina
What to bring: Comfortable shoes, a poncho or umbrella in case of rain.
The Wildlife Divide is a project started in 2012 near Las Vegas, Nevada a mountain range known as the Spring Mountains. Working with the Forest Service and several conservation organizations Artist David Sanchez Burr designed and organized a series of artists workshops that would pair a naturalist and an artist to work together on a set of activities that could help participants think critically about the incursion of urban areas into the wild and vice-versa. Given the unique landscapes and topography of the region in combination with rapidly encroaching urbanism, Las Vegas, Nevada was fertile ground to explore the threshold of these different ecologies. After two years of programing It became evident that The Wildlife Divide could be useful anywhere that ideas about urbanism, natural sciences, the arts and ecology could be explored. The wildlife divide Asheville will explore the interstitial and liminal spaces where nature and urbanism form a boundary.
Using the surrounding blocks from the Black Mountain College Center and Museum as a field of research we identified 5 locations where flourishing indigenous plants, animals or geological features can be found. Each location is documented with three dimensional scanning, photography, sound and video. Temporary sculptures created as place markers that indicates the presence of the wildlife divide. This project will be a collaboration with local textile artist Anna Toth, local expert on indigenous plants Asia Suler, and visual and sound artist David Sanchez Burr
The Walking Tour of The Wildlife Divide:
April 9th as part of the Interlude event at the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center we will provide a walking tour for about 20 people. The tour will lead participants to the selected locations and will last approximately two and a half hours. During the tour, collaborators in the project take turn in describing each location and why it was selected as a wildlife threshold. The indigenous plant, animals or geology in the areas is discussed and conversation about how land use practices can encourage cohabitation with wildlife. Snack made with indigenous plants will be shared with the participants at specified points in the tour. Anna Toth shows participants how certain plants can be used as natural textile dyes.
Asia exhibits how certain native species have natural healing properties, how the landscape may have looked before urbanization, and the history of herbal usage. David Sanchez Burr will describe observation techniques used to identify liminal spaces, theories such as Marc Auge’s non-spaces, Situationist psychogeography and derive. The tour shows participant how to actively explore and discover the divide on their own.
Sculptures exist at each of the the specified wildlife threshold locations. The objects are a collaboration between David Sanchez Burr and Anna Toth, David creates armatures and shapes reminiscent of traditional urban signage, Anna Toth adds fabric and materials that relate specifically to each location through color, pattern, or light.