"From Beatrice Glow’s eye level, the horizon is visible to a distance of 4.7 kilometres. Beyond that we leave to the utopic imagination…Moving away from forms of media that rely solely on semiotic production, Rhuhattan in 360 gives the viewer the tools to explore these narratives through systems thinking. In integrating the stories told by native culture bearers, scholars, activists, artists, and ecologists, Rhunhattan teaches you to scrape the depth of your own imaginary oceans in a techno-cultural world. From the screen of the ocean to the screen of your device, the project probes an involvement with history that extends the ethical dilemma of always being involved in trading. The natural environment and media environment begin to produce each other, and the timing is off."
Video documentation of "Empire of Smoke: The Legacy of Tobacco" that took place at James B. Duke House New York University Institute of Fine Arts on May 11.
Speakers: Kathleen Robin Joyce, Kristen Gaylord, George Stonefish, Dr. Gunja Sengupta and Beatrice Glow.
I'm thrilled to share this feature article of my recent work as well as my cover art "Banda Island Archipelago" gracing the cover of Cultural Politics Journal of Duke University Press. Check out the article and the issue here.
I want to acknowledge the generosity of curator Deborah Frizzell and the editors for inviting me to organize and share my thoughts on this platform. I also want to thank Jim Blasi for the gorgeous graphic design layout. And lastly, the beautiful convergence of August 2017 for having my Banda Island Archipelago print on the cover of Duke University Press' publication while also showing the actual silk print at the Jame B. Duke House (NYU Institute of Fine Arts)...all during the 350 year commemoration of the Treaty of Breda.
See the article here: http://culturalpolitics.dukejournals.org/content/current
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During the Spice Wars in the 17th century, nutmeg was worth its weight in gold, and its trees grew only on the Moluccas Islands of Indonesia. One of the smallest of these islands, Rhun, was considered the first English overseas colony, and its people and resources were quickly war-torn by competing Western powers. Rhunhattan, Beatrice Glow’s installation in Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space, not only ruminates on a particular colonial history, but also brings into question the many trajectories which continue to develop out of complex networks of globalization. The aestheticizing of violence, colonialism and environmental exploitation only continue to morph and expand. Today, Manhattan is an economic capital of the world, while Rhun has disappeared from Western memory. Despite Dutch attempts, in 1665, to destroy Rhun’s remaining natural resources, nutmeg trees continue to grow on the island today. Glow’s work is an effort to uncover these forgotten histories, as well as enduring legacies. In advance of the Artist’s TalkSaturday afternoon, October 24, in Glyndor Gallery, Danni Shen, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, discussed Rhunhattan, cross-cultural narratives, art-making with spices, and more with Glow.