Monday, December 15, 2014

Saturnalia

 

Tinsel and glitter

Dissimulating irrational fears

Nurturing shallow suns

And memories of light

Rarely uttering

Their reflexions

As I gradually let go

Of  Cartesian rules and rigors,

I dive towards

The heart of the winter,

Stubborn spark

Dancing with chaos

Daring the darkness

For yet another proof

Of congruence.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Sustainable Network of Community Gardens in Jersey City

Sustainable JC is launching a new project, under the generous umbrella of the Good Food Now! initiative, involving Jersey City’s community gardens. A first step encourages existent community garden patrons to create a free account on Farming Concrete and use the provided data collection tool called Barn for logging garden data. Most of the city’s community gardens are already listed.

This is how the current distribution of community gardens look like, after listing them on Farming Concrete:

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Why is it important to monitor and keep accurate track of community garden parameters? Just like in any successful enterprise, measureable indicators make it much easier to manage and improve the gardens’ efficiency and impact, increasing their benefits to the community. We all know that there are not nearly enough community gardens in our city to address the problem of community access to fresh and healty food (the issue of “food security”). Thus, it becomes increasingly important to sustainably maximize the benefits of the existing ones.

Contamination with airborne pollutants such as lead and chromium, as well as the presence of brownfields, are well known chronic environmental problems of Jersey City. What this project aims, upon monitoring, centralizing and compiling these parameters, is to create (and eventually extend) a comprehensive community garden network of our city, initiate exchanges (know-how, seeds, success stories etc.) and hopefully a “quantitative platform” compelling enough to get funding that will initiate and support a city-wide community garden sustainable landscape design improvement project, aimed to maximize productivity and sustainability, while mitigating and reducing urban contamination. A website of this particular project is currently under construction.

If you have any questions or requests for more technical details about this project or the online tool, please feel free to contact the project leader.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Mapping and Caffeine

This is what happens when you are a Jersey City based mapper with a caffeine addiction.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Wait

Cocooned

in your soundveils

Hyperaware

In my neural web

Write

On my papery skin

Emerge

Before

I turn

Into a pillar of salt

Blazed

By your cruel beauty.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Shadowless Discourse


(Didascalia: Muted steps align following
Diurnal spectra that
Scatter thousands of scarabs
Over the uncertainty of noon)

From dawns I have been searching
For the Glimpse of the Unmovable Axis -
- my eyes are prowled by waterfalls – and
I hold between my palms and my mouth
The ball of yarn wound up
Since I have been exiting
A M A Z  E

Other than that I am building
Perfect stretches of land.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Reversed Telescope


Face of the demiurge reflected in the world
Broken mirror
Wisdom is called
Living each second
As it were the last
You ask
From behind the dome
Of the cornea
On which I glide
Surrounded
By the meanings of the moment.

Empathy



Eight hundred years of pain
Rolling down the hills
Circling the town
Layers of blue, shades of green,
Trickling on the river bed
Nailing me at crossroads
In the cauldron of the agora
With my back against
All poems.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Incommunicado


I admit
I succumbed
to the temptation
of building a silence
The bliss
of the perfect vitreous body
Shadowed only by
The mist of thought
Is my artisan ego
The only thing
I still share with you
Is the guilt
of killing the wish
to shatter it
Once the first sound
Is uttered.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sustainable JC’s Rain Garden + ART ioby.org campaign launching

Sustainable JC is excited to announce the launch of their Rain Garden +ART campaign

As some of you may know, Jersey City has an aging sewer system.  Because of the current condition of the system, overflows during rainstorms release sewage tainted storm water into rivers and the urban landscape.  Because of these overflows, Jersey City has been levied with an EPA Consent Decree for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act. 

We at SJC believe that more green infrastructure in Jersey City will alleviate this issue substantially and lower the estimated $54 million dollar tab to repair our sewer system by at least 50%.  We also believe that we can educate and engage neighborhoods across the city about this community health issue through the Arts, and so have launched a citywide Rain Garden + ART campaign.

Rain gardens are a low-cost green infrastructure method that allow rainwater and snowmelt to be collected and seep naturally into the ground.  They divert water away from sewers and thereby reduce the load and the amount of sewage released into the environment.  In order to demonstrate their positive effects not only on the environment but also in the social realm by bringing community groups together, SJC has chosen an initial demonstration site of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

In addition to providing an excellent cost-saving measure for the city, the gardens will provide beautification with native plants and companion art installations located in and around the site.  Through our collaboration with community arts organizations, individual artists, the NJ Tree Foundation and our host site partners, SJC aims to show how connecting social, environmental and economic impacts can transform Jersey City into a more sustainable place to live and work.

In order to fund and install these gardens, SJC has partnered with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ Tree Foundation and the New York City based crowd-resourcing site, ioby.org.  As a community-based organization, our goal is to integrate the community into the fundraising and implementation process as much as possible.  The Dodge Foundation has generously awarded SJC with a grant to finance half of the project but we still need to raise the other half.  We invite you to support us in this campaign and spread the word!

For more information and to donate, our ioby site can be accessed at: https://www.ioby.org/project/sjcs-rain-gardens-art-campaign.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

ARTfest! in Jersey City’s Journal Square this Thursday

Sustainable JC's outdoor patio parties are back this Thursday. For July we're also hosting Rising Tide Capital's ARTfest 2013 - two events in one. SUSTAINABLE JC continues their SJC Green Drinks + ART series with the usual great music, food and drink, info-sharing regarding sustainability practices and artists sharing their process work. There is a suggested donation of $10 /$5 for students and seniors, which includes a raffle ticket with entry for drawing. The winners receive complimentary lunch for two at the Culinary Cafe.
The bands are TBA - Rising Tide Capital surprise. Chef Rick and his fabulous staff will prepare their usual locally sourced food and drinks. There will be the regular artists talk, with presentations and exhibitions.
ARTfest! is about celebrating the entrepreneur in every artist; many tables will feature RTC's Business Academy Graduates.
Among SJC's visual artists of this edition are Beverly Harris, multimedia artist, who will demonstrate Suminagashi, the Japanese style of marbling; Ibou Ndoye, artist and music-maker, who will demonstrate how to make music with everyday objects; Jazz Amos, master mask-maker will exhibit along with Jordan de Liso, SJC's Eco-Artist in residence, who will display his sculptures made from found and upcycled materials.
The spoken word section will feature Hope Guirantes, SJC's poet in residence.
There will be tabling by community groups, vendors and SJC's education partners.
Sustainable JC thanks their past and present sponsors.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Not going anywhere but working in my studio, as usual during holidays. This time I work on a design sketch for the next Pro Arts Eat-Up Party. The details of my submission are here, on the PRO ARTS website. This would be my first garden art installation, so I am a bit nervous. Last night I took one of the nightscape backgrounds that were lying around in my studio for a long time and I drew something that would resemble what I had in mind for my open air museum lanterns. I must admit I was inspired by the whimsical artworks of Katherine Dunn and her wonderful Apifera farm, but also by Diana Trout, who left a gracious comment on my studio blog, after I reblogged one of her posts. I own both Katherine’s and Diana’s books, which kept me inspired and happy.

The design sketch is still in the making.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Celebrating the Equinox with Latin Jazz: Bring on the (Solar) Heat!

We have been keeping a musical project dear to our hearts on the backburner for a few years now, given the laborious process of grounding our new life in the New York area. Eldad and I are quite fond of this very substantial form of jazz. Not to mention that E. has a Master’s degree in Afro-Latin music. Finally, this year he started a latin jazz project here, in the New York metropolitan area: Flying South Latin Jazz Trio, which will make its debut tonight, at the Culinary Conference Center, in Journal Square, Jersey City, at 6 PM, within the Green Drinks + ART networking series of Sustainable Jersey City. Playing with Eldad Tarmu on vibes, there will be Keenan Zach on bass and Doug Hinrichs on congas, replacing James Beauton. There is a suggested donation of $10, ($5 discount for students and seniors). Along with the exhilarating latin jazz grooves, you can enjoy the usual SJC exciting green project showcases, activities and discussions. Something for everyone. Come join like-minded individuals to celebrate together the beginning of spring!

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

The S.T. (Almost) Monthly


It's funny how I am still in awe at the manners here: people don't greet when entering a room where other people are, nor when leaving. But they hold doors open for others and are very apologetic when trespassing your private space (it took some time to make sense of those "excuse me" told without any apparent harm done!)
2013 has brought a few notable changes for me. But first: somehow I overlooked blogging about a few important events at the end of last year. (God, I must hate writing for quite a while now! :D ). I curated an art show at Cafe Sole, here in Chilltown. Their website didn't exist back then, it is still under construction now. I met a few new fab friends at an art opening in Manhattan, Kay Erickson's Calcutta Rescue benefit at Centerpoint Gallery.

In January, the Green Drinks + ART events series resumed, with its mix of sustainability projects showcase, eco-jeopardy, jazz and art. I sold a few prints of my Wasteland Alchemy collection, with 50% going to SJC. The January edition jazz concert featured guitarist Adam Lomeo. Which brings me to the discovery of this month's edition: the SJC event in February will feature saxophonist Tom Tallitsch!
Take a listen here, on his Youtube channel. Enjoy! And don't miss this, if in the area!

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Clock



It looks like any concept of time attracts me no ends. So much that I decided to spend my New Year's Eve at MoMA, because of their show The Clock.
The idea of long lasting multimedia art installations and performances seduced me ever since I discovered the incredible Marina Abramovic. I have seen her on PBS, and her discourse enthralled me like no other. I didn't get to see her show at MoMA, but this decision is largely an homage to her.
A Happy New Year full of harmony, truth and wise decisions to you all, my friends!
"On December 31, MoMA presents a special New Year’s Eve showing of "The Clock" in its entirety, which is the first opportunity for the public to view all 24 hours of the piece at MoMA. The Clock will go on view at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31, and will run continuously until 5:30 p.m. on January 1.

In conjunction with this showing, the Museum’s Cafe 2 restaurant offers a special menu of wines, cheeses, salami, and desserts on New Year's Eve from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., along with an all-night espresso bar.

Admission on December 31 after regular Museum hours is: Adults $12; Seniors (65 and over) $10; Students full-time with current ID $8; Children (16 and under) under free. Members free."

More information about "The Clock" can be found here: http://bit.ly/TjCbAT"
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Monday, July 09, 2012

Sustainable Jersey City


What took me so long to write about this? I've been ignoring blogging not by design, but by one of those "going through a phase" things. All part of the integration process, I suppose.
I've been looking for a collaboration with local environmental organizations, since I am an Ecologist not only by trade, but also by strong belief. So I came across Green Map System, through an online service which was matching students to internships (I got accepted into University of Montclair's Ecology Masters Program).
So I get in touch with Wendy Brawer, the innovative initiator of Green Map System, send her my resume for an internship at the Green Map headquarters, located in the Lower East Side. She sees that I reside in Jersey City and asks me, well, did you know about this grassroots group in your side of town? No. They've been meeting for a few months now. I would definitely want to check them out. Especially that I would not have to cross the Hudson. Sorry, NYC, but, at least for now, I would rather not take Manhattan.
Said and done. I show up at their meetings and ...THE ENERGY! The enthusiasm! All for making my town a more sustainable place to live and work. Long story short, I get involved, body and soul. As part of their team, directed by chair Debra Italiano, I applied to the Cloud Institute for Sustainability and got a Geraldine R. Dodge scholarship for becoming a Sustainability Educator through the NJ Learns Keystone Program, under the guidance of Jaimie Cloud.
If you live in the area and want to get involved, or if you want to support us in any way, here we are. Be with us. Seize the momentum. We would be thrilled to welcome you.

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Licensed and experienced as a nature scientist, I am also a published writer and a graphic artist, curently living in the metropolitan New York area, where I am involved in music production and cultural events. I support sustainability, life-long education and the conservation of the world's natural and cultural heritage.