Media Arts Program
 


Friday, August 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

/The Imaginary Line/ co-presented by Hallwalls, the Buffalo Arts Studio and El Museo.

Fereshteh Toosi

'78 RECORDS: ERIE CANAL TO LOVE CANAL 1978-2008

This event has been organized by multimedia artist Fereshteh Toosi to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Love Canal environmental disaster and its relationship to contemporary environmental issues. Organized by Toosi, Spark Contemporary Art Space (Syracuse) and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo), the project seeks to connect Erie Canal history, the Salt City of Syracuse, and environmental projects in New York state including the planned Peace Bridge expansion in Buffalo as well as Onondaga Lake and Onondaga Creek in Syracuse. The live event will feature a performance that includes field recordings made during my journey along the Erie Canal, and interviews with Buffalo and Syracuse activists. The multi-media presentation will be followed by a screening featuring documentaries about Love Canal.

This is the final event of the exhibition series, /The Imaginary Line/ co-presented by the Buffalo Arts Studio and El Museo.

Join us for an evening of salty snacks and spinning wheels!


About Fereshteh Toosi:

Fereshteh Toosi is a multi-media artist who will soon move to Chicago to teach at Columbia College. As a visiting artist this year at Syracuse University, Toosi produced a collaborative, community project UP THE CREEK, which documents the stories of people living and working along the Onondaga Creek in downtown Syracuse, and the new site of a contested multi-million dollar sewage plant.


Some publications related to this event:
THE IMAGINARY LINE - 2008
June, July and August, 2008 - 2008

 
 
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