What is Lost When a Species Goes Extinct?

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Within the question, “what is lost when a species goes extinct?”, is embedded another question, “how do we talk about it?” To investigate these questions and more, Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research, brought Claudio Campagna, Adjunct Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Daniel Guevara, Chair and Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, all at UCSC, onto KZSC‘S Artists on Art Radio Program, April 4, 2017.

We began the discussion about the new research group, The Language of Conservation, and their inaugural event, What is Lost When A Species Goes Extinct? A Colloquium on the Unspeakable Value of Life, that happened, April 14, in Humanities 1. It was a conversation between a philosopher and three scientists about the impact of language—how particular words and concepts impact the public’s thinking about topics such as “sustainability,” “conservation,” and “extinction.”

Here’s an excerpt of our interview with Claudio Campagna talking about his journey as an animal behaviorist to researching the philosophy of the environmental movement and starting the new IHR research group with Daniel Guevara on language and conservation.

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Gerd Stern

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Gerd Stern is an Artist, original BEAT poet, a long-time friend of Allen Ginsberg and many others, one of the founders of KPFA,  Digital Media Artist Innovator, Co-founder of USCO and creator of Electronic Innovation of Immersive Multimedia Events…the list goes on and on.a_003

Gerd read his poems and spoke at the Blitzer Gallery, on Thursday, March 23rd. The Blitzer Gallery was showing some of his work from his time with USCO.

You can also see his work with USCO is at the BAMPFA exhibition, “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, showing through February 8–May 21, 2017.

The US Company is a media art collective that continues today and had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. It was co-founded by Gerd and Michael Callahan. Gerd also founded Intermedia Systems Corporation which produced multimedia art internationally using stroboscopes, projectors, and audiotapes in their performances. The USCo and Gerd were greatly influenced by media theorist Marshall McLuhan.  

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Ryan Page

17349580_10155104079201665_1092508686179610993_oEver wonder what is music? That was one of the topics composer and performer, Ryan Page and Nada Miljkovic spoke about when he came onto the KZSC radio show, Artists on Art.  To inform the answer to this question, we played music by John Cage and Pauline Oliveras as well as Ctrl-Z and discussed their similarities and differences.

Ryan Page is a composer, performer, and tinkerer who focuses on human interaction with technology.  In 2015 he founded the live electronic music group Ctrl-Z with Daniel Steffey and Nicholas Wang. Ctrl-Z performs and commissions new electronic works, along with classic works of 20th-Century experimental music. Last year, he started a record label, Cutty Strange Records and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media at UCSC.

We discussed Ctrl-Z’s collaboration with Listening to Ladies and their call for composers of any age or nationality who identify as women, nonbinary, or gender fluid are invited to submit scores for live performative electronics for a series of concerts to take place in California and New York in the Fall of 2017 (venues/dates to-be-determined). The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. The resulting program will be recorded and released by Ctrl-Z in late 2017/early 2018. Applications are due June 1st, 2017.

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Newton Harrison

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UCSC Professor Emeritus, Newton Harrison is the featured guest on KZSC’s Artists on Art. We discussed his work with Helen Mayer Harrison, the Harrison Studio, the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, and the event hosted by the UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Science, CELEBRATING HELEN AND NEWTON HARRISON – 45 YEARS OF ECOLOGICAL ART, happening, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the Digital Arts Research Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Harrisons have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. Their most recent project is the Force Majeure.

Based at UCSC, The Center for the Study of the Force Majeure brings together artists and scientists to design ecosystem-adaptation projects in critical regions around the world to respond to climate change.

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Greg O’Malley

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Our monthly show featuring Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research continued in March. Irena brought onto the show UCSC Associate Professor of History, Gregory O’Malley, who is a UCSC Faculty Participants in the IHR World History Research Cluster that focuses on new research in the world and transnational history.

We talked about Greg’s book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial oMalley_final_PBSlave Trade of British America, 1619-1807, that examines the dispersal of African captives throughout the Americas after their initial arrival from Africa and redraws the map of the forced African immigration during the slave trade era. Building on the scholarship of the Atlantic slave trade and the material in Voyages: A Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, he extends the study of the Atlantic slave trade to what he terms ‘‘final passages’’: the voyages of the intercolonial and intra-American slave trade. 

Now with the help of a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database, O’Malley is creating an interactive, free Web-based database about the slave trade within the Americas that will be integrated into the Voyages site.

“I think what drew me to the colonial period was an interest in race relations as a core dilemma of American society,” O’Malley observed. “We are living in a country where black lives are often treated as if they didn’t matter, and it’s built on this trade of slaves,” O’Malley added. “This disregard for their welfare and well-being is really important background for modern race relations. I think it shows we have a long history of devaluing black lives in American society.”

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Gail Rich Award Winners 2017

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It was a full house in the radio studio for our show on February 15, 2017. The talk was about the annual Gail Rich Awards which celebrates the spirit of the arts in Santa Cruz by recognizing those who inspire our diverse and culturally rich community.

Jennifer Gallagher, representing the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and the Arts Council Associates, brought into the KZSC Studio three out of five of this year’s recipients; Gina Garcia (Dancer, Educator and Founder, Worldanz, Julia Chiapella (Writer and Program Director, Young Writer’s Program) and Mike Ryan (Actor and Artistic Director, Santa Cruz Shakespeare), listed in order by which they appear.

GR-2017-Page-Slider-2The 21st Annual Gail Rich Awards is happening Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 pm at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz. It is free and open to the public.

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Michelle Williams

The director of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Michelle Williams came on to Artists on Art to talk about what the Arts Council does. She and her team support and invest in Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations Last year, more than $180,000 was awarded during our 2016 grant cycle.

For artists seeking grants, the Spring Grant Cycle opened February 8 for artists seeking: Create Grants – for individual artists and organizations seeking support for their art and culture projects and Develop Grants – for individual artists and arts organizations seeking support for their professional and business development activities.View guidelines here.
Deadline to Apply is March 15, 5:00 pm.

The Arts Council does more than giving money away to support art, it also supports a wide range of arts education opportunities, advocate for ongoing support for the arts and lead community collaborations and partnerships.

The National Endowment of the Arts has come under attack with calls for ending funding. Please listen to Michelle Michelle argue for the intrinsic and economic value of the arts at a local and national level.

Christine Wertheim


IMG_8575Christine Wertheim is a poet, performer, critic, curator, author of 8 books, crafter and collaborator teaching at CalArts. She came into the KZSC studio to talk about her upcoming Exhibit at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery: Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For FiguringThe Exhibition runs from February 10 to May 6, 2017. Corresponding events include:

FullSizeRender 3■ Artist talk: February 10, 4:00 pm, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 with Christine Wertheim

■ Reception: Friday, February 10, 5:00 –7:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

■ Artist meet & greet: Saturday, February 11, 2:00– 4:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

These events are FREE and open to the public. Permits will be for sale at the Performing Arts Lot and the Porter College Lot for $5.

The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core..

IMG_8580The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming, acidification of the oceans and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.

In 2005, Los Angeles-based twin sisters, Margaret and Christine Wertheim tried a different approach to communications by starting the Crochet Coral Reef project. The idea was born from their love of the Great Barrier Reef, their oceanic neighbor, and their appreciation for handiwork and the community it can create, simply by participation. Margaret, with a background in physics, math and science communication, and Christine, a professor of experimental writing and feminism, created a revolutionary art program to engage the public in coral reef science.

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Nancy Peach

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On January 25th, the guest on Artists on Art was children’s book and rchitectural illustrator, muralist and Artist, Nancy Peach about her upcoming show exhibition of erotic art.

Nancy’s show begins as a part of the First Fridays Santa Cruz Art Tour for Feb. 3 and March 3rd 2017. The exhibit will be at Pure Pleasure Shop located at 111 Cooper Street and will be up for two months.

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