January 2016

01/10/16

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In 1999 I invented the New Society for Universal Harmony (http://thenewsociety.org) and ever since I’ve used the lens of history—and humor—to explore  utopian longings, dystopic aftermaths, and the sciences and technologies that inform them.  I work with diverse media in all of my projects, incorporating performance, photography, film/video, multi-screen projection, installation and fiction writing. Recently my explorations have focused on ecology, on cultural myths, and on the unstable boundaries between humans and animals.  I create narratives in these various media.  (Please scroll down and click to page 2 for all projects dating before 2014. )

My utopia page has information about New York politics, activism,  and the websites of some utopian friends.  I teach in the MFA Fine Arts Program at Parsons The New School For Design. Visit www.lenoremalen.com for further info and archives.  View CV Lenore Malen 2017

 

“Because a thing is going strong now, it need not go strong for ever,” {Margaret} said. “This craze for motion has only set in during the last hundred years. It may be followed by a civilization that won’t be a movement, because it will rest upon the earth.  E.M. Foster Howards End (1910)

 

“The is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature.”  Don DeLillo  White Noise  (1985)

 

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01/9/16

Scenes From Paradise at Studio10

 
Scenes From Paradise: Studio 10, January 7 -Feb 5, 2017 Bushwick, NY
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Review In Artforum: Scenes From Paradise Lenore Malen’s current exhibition, “Scenes from Paradise,” is an eco-Gesamtkunstwerk, connecting our environmental crisis with the Bible’s declaration that man should have dominion over all nature.”
Review in The Brooklyn Rail by Ann McCoy 
 
Catalogue with essays by Nancy Princenthal and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
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Scenes From Paradise

A Letter From A  Visitor 
Dear Lenore, Your show has got me thinking so much about my personal connection to animals to my Catholic upbringing to my history as an innocent hippie, my time in the theater, my strict ballet training, the feminist movement, and right to the current situation in our government with the upcoming gatherings of millions of woman (and men) all over the world who will be penned in together marching against male dominance and the terror of subjugation as cameras and weapons are strategically positioned to keep an eye on our every move.
Coincidentally, yesterday the announcement was made to close the Ringling Brother’s Barnum & Bailey Circus. What timing! The PETA group is happy. But what about the meaning of circus in our lives? The three rings? How much the circus got us thinking about animals and how we see and experience them? I’ve been calling Donald Trump our present day P.T. Barnum. Read about P.T. he was a smart and clever showman. He invented words like super and jumbo. He invented the freak show. Ladies and gentleman welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth. Donald Trump the reincarnation of P.T. Barnum.
What I’m trying to say is that what I saw on your video screens about animals and how we observe them and try to relate to them and how we think we are separate from them but dependent on them is so reflected in the political circus of today. Them and us— animals and people here together, petting, training, caging, selling, eating, preying, shooting, watching each other, as we did yesterday behind the turnstiles and gates in the subway.
I had a dream the night before I saw your show— I dreamt of hundreds of men in ill-fitting gray business suits running through an airport. They were all wearing animal masks. Everyone was terrified. Donald Trump was there with his orange unmasked head and face, he was laughing and smiling until something stopped him. He looked horrified as he grabbed his chest and collapsed onto the floor. In your video with the animals in pink and yellow puffy suits climbing a rock I saw the dream I had the night before.
After seeing your show and watching Adam and Eve in the subway, I now have a strong feeling that we are back in a different walled garden starting all over again from the beginning. What is man’s role? Will women rise up? We they switch roles? Will history not repeat itself? We will make all the animals disappear?
Thank you for yesterday, I was deeply moved in emotion and thought. I’m still thinking…
Terry Iacuzz0 January 15, 2017
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01/8/16

Emergent Ecologies— curated by Eben Kirksey April/May 2016

An exhibit that I am very pleased to have participated in. April 30- May 21, 2016 http://www.multispecies-salon.org/emergence/

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Emergent ecologies are being fastened into place with new rivets and cyborg articulations. Amidst collapsing systems, unruly assemblages are flourishing and proliferating in unexpected places. Microbes that become emergent diseases—by finding novel exploits, pathways of transmission, or modes of existence—can quickly transform dominant political strategies, economic systems, or agricultural practices.  Emergences can also figure into collective hopes.  When a forest is clear-cut by loggers or destroyed by a volcanic eruption, emergent plants are the first to sprout.

Rather than be a static exhibit, that will stay the same from the opening and closing dates, our project will involve playing with the “hap” of what happens. Happiness, in the Old English sense of the word, means having “good hap” or fortune. We will be conducting experiments with happiness and glass, breaking down boundaries (and constructing new ones) to see what ecological communities might emerge.

Emergent Ecologies features bioart installations, living sculptures, paintings, photographs, and digital media.  Kilroy will be open to the public during a series of events and weekend gallery hours.

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01/8/16

The Fields at Art Omi — July 16, 2016

Art Omi AdA restaging of my film “Scenes from Paradise” at Art Omi on Saturday July 16th, 2016. With Jessica Weinstein as Eve and Blake Habermann as Adam — and Dan Devine.  Crew: Catherine Mctague and Joel Olzak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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