Christine 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 Figuring. The Exhibition runs from February 10 to May 6, 2017. Corresponding events include:
■ 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..
The 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.