Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
June 13-15, 2016
In a recent acceptance speech for the Pilgrim Award, a Lifetime Achievement award presented by the Science Fiction Research Association for SF scholarship, Donna Haraway states, “It matters what matters we use to think matters with...It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.” Following her path we wonder about ways to make wonder. We wonder about worlds, and art: about abstracting the same old story that gets told and that makes the same world. Because it matters how artist’s articulate art. It matters to matters of justice. It matters how art enacts action. Transmutation matters: It matters how art changes the states of things, paper, water, pigment, microbes, air, people, imagination.
And so on June 16, to launch “Imagine Our Parks” we made an intervention on art making worlds in Yellowstone National Park: Writing the words Artist Point over and over in watercolour pigment to match hues seen and not seen while sitting at a custom-built portable field desk amongst tourists making and taking photographs. Hiking into a nearby spot: Sinkholes between Lilly Pad Lake and Clear Lake. Setting up a portable camera obscura pup tent, cutting a hole for a lens to look through, catching the fleeting image on a piece of paper. The world, upside down, backwards, textured to the paper catching the light. Creating transmutations through “cosmological performances” (Haraway 2013).