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Texture Detective at the greenhouse project, w/ Sophie Lev

Energy

This workshop is for artists, writers, gardeners, care-workers, scientists, designers, students, naturalists, clowns, cooks, foragers, farmers, parents, children — anyone who is curious about other ways to listen and wanting to do this in playful low-stakes collaboration with others.
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Seed Exchange!

Food

Save the date for a seed exchange at Greenhouse, with Pie Ranch, Demeter Seed Library, and more collaborators!
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Anja Ulfeldt Artist Talk

Water

Anja Ulfeldt is an artist, educator, and curator with a hybrid practice that floats between installation, performance, and unconventional art facilitation. Anja earned her BFA from California College of the Arts and her MFA from Stanford University. She’s a founding member of two artist-run alternative spaces in California, one a Mojave Desert based curatorial project and the other a floating venue for visual art, environmental research, and performance built atop…
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Amy Balkin Artist Talk

Water

Amy Balkin's projects and collaborations combine participation, action, and documentation to create large-scale, public, and long-term works exploring the intersections of ecology, law, and politics. These include marking human-altered soil sites for Technosol Library, Philadelphia essay-billboard Area of Interest, participatory climate archive A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting (Balkin, et al.) and Smog Index, a photo collection of global smog experience. Recent exhibitions include Sell Us Your Liberty or We'll Subcontract Your Death 2023 (Courtney Jaeger, Basel), Atmosphères (Tranzit/Cluj, Romania), Con los pies en la Tierra (Centro Atlántico…
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Beth Ferguson Artist Talk

Energy

Beth Ferguson is an artist and designer whose practice blends digital fabrication with public art, sustainable transportation, solar engineering, climate resiliency, and public engagement. She is an Associate Professor of Design at the University of California Davis and the director of the Adapting City Lab (adaptingcity.org).Ferguson’s solar micromobility charging station work was awarded the Austin Green Award in 2017 for the Austin Energy Electric Drive Solar Kiosk and is now part of…
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Michael Arcega Artist Talk

Food

Michael Arcega’s creative research is a poetic investigation around power dynamics and marginalized communities. He uses object-metaphors to make sculptures, installations, and activations that critique historic and political narratives. This work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and has been discussed in academic journals, art publications and a range of media platforms. He is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and heads the Sculpture and Expanded Practice area in the School…
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LANDING@Aulinta: International Taco Fortnight and Halloween Banner procession

Energy

Aulinta folks are happy to announce that this year's International Taco Fortnight starts at 12:01am on Saturday, October 21st and goes until 11:59pm on Saturday, November 4th! As usual, they are not here to tell you how to celebrate. Eat tacos! Or don't! If anyone would like to have a meal with Blaize, they will have general availability for many dinner and lunch times. There will be a 2-week-long conference/arts…
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LANDING @Aulinta: Take your seashells to the Beach Day

Housing

Take your seashells to the Beach Day When's the last time your seashells went to the beach? Let's take them. Maybe they would like it! Friday at Twin Lakes State Beach. Aulinta means "place of the red abalone" so abalone shells are guests of honor, but any shells from anywhere can come. Driftwood, fossils, seaglass. Whatever you think might feel more cheersome if it got to go to the beach.…
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LANDING@Neary Lagoon, Neary Lagoon Through a Different Lens, Part 2, with Joy Schendledecker

Waste

LANDING presents the second iteration of Joy Schendledecker's exploration of Neary Lagoon. Where is the invisible smog of microplastics in and around the mini-watershed of Neary Lagoon? How is this complex area of extractive legacies, essential infrastructure, working-class labor, biodiversity, and human recreation in play with sea level rise and petro-plastics pollution? What does this landscape tell us about ourselves and possible paths through climate change adaptation? In this walking…
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LANDING@Institute of the Arts and Sciences: Dr. Rupa Marya "Composting Grief: Food as Medicine"

LANDING@Institute of the Arts and Sciences: Dr. Rupa Marya "Composting Grief: Food as Medicine" Food

You can find video documentation of Dr. Rupa Marya's talk here “Composting Grief: Food as Medicine” Dr. Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, artist and writer who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the founder and executive director of the Deep Medicine Circle, a worker-directed nonprofit committed to healing the wounds of colonialism through food, medicine, story, learning and restoration. In 2021, she…
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LANDING sponsored event @ Greenhouse: Reading by Byron F. Aspaas

Energy

Greenhouse is an intergenerational educational space that centers art, food, and climate justice, 152 Farm Rd. Santa Cruz. Greenhouse is conceived, developed and being built by L Gilbert and Dav Bell, along with many collaborators. https://www.instagram.com/_the_greenhouse_project_/ Reading by Byron F. Aspaas Raised within the four sacred mountains of Dinétah. In a 2017 essay,“Nádleehí: One Who Changes,” Aspaas explains how these elements are interconnected and under continuing threat. Aspaas’s first published…
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LANDING sponsored event @ Greenhouse: Best Selves, Better Worlds: A Writing Workshop with Amanda Choo Quan

Fire

Greenhouse is an intergenerational educational space that centers art, food, and climate justice, 152 Farm Rd. Santa Cruz. Greenhouse is conceived, developed and being built by L Gilbert and Dav Bell, along with many collaborators. https://www.instagram.com/_the_greenhouse_project_/ Best Selves, Better Worlds: A Writing Workshop with Amanda Choo Quan N.K. Jemisin once said that the idea for the Broken Earth trilogy came to her in a dream. In her sleep, she saw…
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LANDING @ Indexical: Little Jiggling Particles, a performative event by Wendy Jacob, with members of the Santa Cruz High School Cardinal Regiment and the Los Gatos High School Marching Band

Energy

Little Jiggling Particles —a performance featuring a brass band and giant balloons. The balloons act as resonators that carry waves of vibration you can feel with your fingertips, feet or your whole body. Unplugged, untethered and unimpeded, musicians, balloons and guests are free to move and bounce amongst each other. Volume: loud! This performance is open & accessible to all, including deaf and hard of hearing participants. Orchestrated by artist…
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LANDING@UCSC: Artist talk by Chisato Hughes

Housing

Chisato (Chisa) Hughes is a filmmaker based in the Bay Area working in nonfiction and hybrid, speculative forms. Their most recent film, "Many Moons", asks questions about ghosts and placemaking today– looking at the history of the expulsions in Humboldt and the Chinese people who (often with the help of local tribes) continued to live in the county despite the threat of white violence. Chisato has 10+ years of production experience,…
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LANDING @ UCSC: Phil Peters: Geophone workshop

Energy

In this free Saturday workshop, you are invited to join artist Phil Peters in a practical exploration of using geophones to record subsurface sounds. Phil’s work recording subsurface oil industry vibrations in the port of Long Beach, and in the Permian Basin in Texas, and building gigantic sculptural and room sized speakers to present these recordings, has been shown at co-Lab in Austin, Texas,  Canary Test in LA, and written…
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LANDING@UCSC: Phil Peters Artist Talk

Energy

Phil Peters’ transdisciplinary art practice explores the evolving relationship between the built and natural world through audio, video, and sculptural installations. Speculative architectural histories, contemporary ecology, and slippages between the biologic and geologic all inform this work. Phil Peters’ recent projects recording subsurface oil industry vibrations in the port of Long Beach, and in the Permian Basin in Texas, and building gigantic sculptural and room-sized speakers to present these recordings,…
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LANDING@Indexical: Anna Friz & Gabriel Saloman: Between the Fires, with Cole Pulice

Fire

Anna Friz & Gabriel Saloman: Between the Fires A concert that listens for risk and regeneration, drought and the hints of persistent moisture in burn scars from the local CZU Lightning Complex fires, as the cycles of fire intensify. Anna and Gabriel experiment with listening and playing with the changing land, moving between chaparral and coniferous forests, performing with recordings made among the trees together with live electronic instruments, and analog…
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LANDING@UCSC: Louise Leong: Transformative Landscapes

Food

Louise Leong is a California based arts worker, printmaker, and illustrator. She has been with UC Santa Cruz since 2019 in exhibitions management with the Sesnon Gallery and Institute of the Arts and Sciences. Her work has been exhibited internationally in addition to regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her bold prints and illustrations are influenced by the humorous nuggets in the mundane landscapes and interactions people experience throughout…
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LANDING@Sesnon Gallery: Nathan Vasquez

Energy

Painter and Amah Mutsun Tribal member Nathan Vasquez introduces his work and a discussion on Mauna Kea. Event organized by Michelle Glowa.
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LANDING @ Gravy: [Au]xiology//Every Morning We’ll Still Sluice

Water

    [Au]xiology//Every Morning We’ll Still Sluice began with a 10 week collective study group of seven artists investigating gold as an atom, an element, a material, a currency, a promise, a myth, decor, fecal matter… [Au]xiology, a portmanteau of the symbol for the element gold, from the roman arum, and axiology, the study of value and valuation. The artists dig in, up, and around gold to question what values have…
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LANDING@ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History: Introduction to the Lichen Museum

Housing

  As part of the annual Fungus Fair at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, A. Laurie Palmer was invited to lead a Lichen walk and introduction to the Lichen Museum, but that event was rained out.     Instead, she presented a more formal Lichen Book Talk, and slide show, at the Natural History Museum, on February 15. Standing room only! Huge thanks to Marissa Gomez!  
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LANDING @ Gravy: Stepping Through: six artists traveling between and across continents, identities, species, and time

Water

Opening Reception: Friday, December 9 With water as a shared theme, Amy Blondell, Génesis de Las Olas, Leslie Horwitz, Numpie, and Jingtian Zong will present works that track and register fluid experiences of moving across boundaries and creating cross-boundary relations. Amy Blondell is an urban visual anthropologist by training who works at the intersection of the social sciences, geography, and the documentary arts. Her last major project, the Youth Trek…
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LANDING @ Gravy: Following Water: five artists from elsewhere currently living and working in the San Lorenzo River watershed

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                  Kevin Corcoran, Nena Hedrick, Lee Chang Ming, Fernanda Rappa, and Shane Scopatz will present works that tune in to local conditions through approaches shaped by the actions of water. Opening Reception: Friday, Dec 2, 5 - 9 pm Gallery hours: Saturday, Dec 3 - 1 - 4 Sunday, Dec 4, 1 - 4 Monday, Dec 5, 4 - 7 Tuesday, Dec 6,…
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LANDING@UCSC and The Institute for Arts and Sciences: Caleb Duarte and Mia Eva, public conversation

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(image from work by Caleb Duarte) While in residence in Santa Cruz from October 21 through October 30, Caleb Duarte and Mia Eve Rollow will be exploring ideas for a future project at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences. On Thursday, October 27, they were scheduled to engage in a public conversation with A. Laurie Palmer, Art Professor at UCSC and current Director of the Environmental Art and Social…
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LANDING, in collaboration with Refocusing Ecology and Red October, visits the Lichen Museum

Housing

The Lichen Museum project draws inspiration from the radical habits of lichens to explore parallel considerations for human becoming. With lichens as muse, the Lichen Museum nurtures and develops actions and perspectives that support collectivity and undermine individualism, profit-motivation, time-equals-money, and presumed human dominance of the material world. As a conceptual frame to slow and redirect attention, the Lichen Museum invites you to zero in on inhabitants of the sidewalks…
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LANDING@ Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz: My Electric Genealogy, a solo performance by Sarah Kanouse

Energy

“My Electric Genealogy” is a 60-minute, auto-ethnographic lecture-performance that weaves together live narration, choreographed movement, documentary video, and sound to address the climate justice ramifications of the electrical grid the artist’s grandfather helped to design and build. For nearly forty years, Ed Kanouse designed, planned, and supervised the spider-vein network of lines connecting Los Angeles to its distant sources of electric power. … Years later, the artist learned his legacy…
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E.A.R.T.H. Lab presents Playing with Fire: A Hot Symposium

Fire

Hosted by the co-directors of the E.A.R.T.H. Lab artist-filmmakers Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, this event includes panels, performances, environmental art, ritual, formerly incarcerated fire-fighters, story-telling, former hotshots, burn pits, Pyrocene Rodeo Queens, poetry, birth and death, Golem, queer activist strategies, eco-burlesque, science, campfires, music, and s'mores. for more information, and to register: https://earthlab.ucsc.edu/2022/09/02/firesymposium/
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LANDING@Tabby Cat Cafe: Protect Juristac Letter Writing Sessions

Water

The public comment period to respond to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed mining project that threatens Juristac, the Amah Mutson Tribal Band's sacred land, ends on November 7. Please send in your letters. For more info: http://www.protectjuristac.org/  
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Fire Walk with Maya Elson, Michelle Glowa & Taye Bright

Fire Walk with Maya Elson, Michelle Glowa & Taye Bright Fire

A Freeskool event in collaboration with LANDING Carpool/caravan leaves Santa Cruz at 9:30, hike in Bonny Doon 10-12:30pm. This event is free but limited to 18 people and requires registration. Please register here. Location details will be emailed to you once you submit the registration form Take a walk on the fire side in a rural neighborhood in Bonny Doon within the CZU burn scar. We’ll explore the history of…
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Blue for the People: Community Indigo Vat

Blue for the People: Community Indigo Vat Water

Discover the magic of the natural indigo vat and get blue together. Learn how to create patterns with string and stencils, and get to know other natural dye plants in the dye garden at Riverside Gardens Park. Materials: Bring small pieces of natural fiber cotton or linen clothing or fabric to dip (t-shirt size or smaller). Items should be clean but preferably laundered without fabric softener. Some cotton squares suitable…
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Lung Support Tea party

Lung Support Tea party Fire

Santa Cruz Herbal Mutual Aid is a small group of herbalists who work together to create and distribute free medicinal tea and herbal remedies. We strive to support the health of both those in our community who lack access to healthcare resources and our broader communities by distributing herbal remedies and providing access to herbal care and skills in the Santa Cruz Area. Throughout the COVID pandemic and during fire…
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