Fish Story is a participatory public art project to be held May 2013 in Memphis, TN., about how the lives of fish in the Mississippi River reflect human challenges. During this time of climate change, over population, pollution and global warming, as fish go, so do people. Fish are an indicator species. When they are affected, other ecosystems of the planet are affected also.
Fish Story is part of Memphis Social, curated and organized by Beautiful Fields which was awarded the domestic 2013 franchise support grant from apexart to produce Memphis Social. Fish Story is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, (NYFA). Humans are ruining the water upon which all life depends, especially the fish. Memphis is an excellent location for this project because it is in the center of the third largest watershed in the world. Its watershed is being destroyed by pollution from factory farms and droughts caused by global warming. That pollution is causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and when the rivers aren't dying from the heat, they're flooding. We can change that with your help.
Fish Story is based on four years of art/science research during Gulf to Gulf, a series of webcasts about global warming. Fish Story will unfold in 4 stages, with a dedicated collection website.
1. Documenting what can be seen of impediments to fish life while traversing river tributaries.
2. Mapping knowledge with a series of participatory events in a workshop at Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN. May 6.
3. An Interpretive art installation at Memphis College of Art based on material gathered.
4. Webcast public discussion about implications of what was learned and national options: May 11, 2011.
We need your support to make this happen! The funding we receive will be used to document environmental impacts on fish; build a dedicated project website; and to purchase research materials, refreshments for participants and travel expenses. Follow the continuing evolution of Fish Story on pushingrocks.blogspot.com/.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the "Fish Story" project. Fish Story is a sponsored project of Artspire, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of "Fish Story" must be made payable to Artspire and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, to make a donation visit this link: artspire.org/DirectoryDetail/tabid/95/id/143/Default.aspx
Video team: Director/Editor: Kathleen Sweeney, Videographer: Rebecca Centeno, Video Graphics: Jeffrey Marino, Production Assistant: Shobnam Moallem. Photos courtesy: Thomas R Machnitzki, Gary Bridgman, Thegreenj, (Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons).