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Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris of the Canary Project

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

Presented by: 

Digital Arts and New Media

Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Art Department

EXTRACTION, sponsored by T.J. Demos, A. Laurie Palmer, and the Center for Creative Ecologies, features an artist lecture program, film screenings, and field trips interrogating the current cultures of extraction.

The Canary Project, “Water Gold Soil: The American River“ 

Sayler/Morris of The Canary Project will discuss their current work, Water Gold Soil: The American River.  The project, which consists of photographic and video works, archival images, maps and writing, tells the story of a single flow of water in present-day California from origin point to end-use.  The project is both a form of historiography and a form of allegory – using this swath of geography to investigate our present Age of Extraction. As with other water flows in the American West, the “American River” is no longer a river at all, but an elongated site of water capture and distribution, with a definite beginning but diffuse end.

Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris) work with photography, video, writing and installation.  Of primary concern are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness and the possibilities for art within a social activist practice. In 2006 they co-founded The Canary Project - a collaborative that produces art and media that deepen public understanding of ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, food systems and water resources.  Sayler/Morris were recently awarded 2016 NYFA Artist Fellowships and the 2016 David Brower Center ART/ACT Award & Exhibition.  They have also been Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows, Artist Fellows at The Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment and Loeb Fellows at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. They currently teach in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University where they co-direct The Canary Lab. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts lot.


Artists’ Lecture and Film Screening Series
*All events are on Tuesday evenings, 5:30 -7:30 PM, in DARC 108 at UC Santa Cruz

1/17 Presentation by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

1/24 Presentation by Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler of The Canary Project

1/31 Screening of Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle’s Goodbye Gauley Mountain, 2013, with Artists’ Presentation

2/14 Screening of The Otolith Group’s The Radiant, 2012

2/21 Presentation by Subhankar Banerjee

2/28 Screening of the following shorts videos:
-David Kelly / Patty Chang, Spiritual Myopia, 2015
-Harun Farocki, Silver and the Cross, 2010
-Sammy Baloji, Mémoire, 2007

3/7 Screening of Elizabeth Knafo’s Rare Earth, 2014 and Presentation by the artist

3/14 Screening of Sanjay Rawal’s Food Chains, 2014, with Presentation by Ann López (Center for Farmworker Families)

Field Trips
Saturday, March 11
Visit the Harrisons’ Future Garden (with Newton Harrison), and to the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program research garden (with Rick Flores and members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band), Arboretum, UC Santa Cruz

Sunday, May 7
Farmworker Reality Tour in Watsonville with Ann López of the Center for Farmworker Families

May 12-13 (Friday at the Multi-Purpose Room at College Nine and Ten; Saturday at the Nonviolent Resource Center)
Confirmed speakers include: Jason Moore, Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost, Anne Quirynen, Caleb Ben, representative from NoDAPL, Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos