In 7000 Marks, Sara Black & Amber Ginsburg have transformed a Sudden Oak Death-infected tanoak tree into 7,000 pencils. An outcome of global industrial trade, the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum (SOD) has traveled on lumber and nursery trees to the US. Trees infected with SOD are 'quarantined' until processed into lumber and kiln dried. This tightening of boundaries is a move toward conservation, but echoes a rising tide of nationalism, xenophobia and boundary reinforcement on a global scale. The work contrasts Joseph Bueys' utopian project, 7000 Oaks, by problematizing tenets of conservation through the lens of immigration.
SPACES is the inaugural Site for 7000 Marks, where 7,000 pencils made from diseased wood will be released into curated activity throughout the exhibition. Collaborating with local activists, scientists and artists, Black & Ginsburg will map our relationships to nature, adaptation, and survival.
Workshops are FREE and open to the public.
Please see the list of workshops below:
December 1st: 7000 Marks: Letter Writing Workshop - Use the pencils from 7000 Marks to take direct action on international borders during this discussion and letter writing workshop with R&D artists Sara Black and Amber Ginsburg.
December 15th: 7000 Marks: Panel Discussion & Speculative Drawing Session - Take part in a panel discussion and speculative drawing session by using pencils from 7000 Marks to navigate anti-colonial theory, biology, and scientific illustration.
January 5th: 7000 Marks: Adapting into the Future - A geologist and a fiction writer will lead creative workshop, Adapting into the Future, Looking to Former Landscapes to Imagine Future Worlds, as part of 7000 Marks.