[Manaus, Brazil] LABVERDE, with whom I did an artscience residency in the Amazon Rainforest last July 2017, has a catalog of all its resident artists for the year.
I’m on pages 128-131, featuring my works, An Olfactory Portrait of the Amazon Rainforest from The Apocalypse Project, and Experiments in Nature from Wild Science.
Thank you to the amazing LABVERDE team for all of it!
View the entire thing on LABVERDE’s website.
Anthony King of Nature Magazine writes about Science Gallery Dublin’s “In Case of Emergency” exhibition and mentions The Apocalypse Project and An Olfactory Portrait of the Amazon Rainforest!
“Artist Catherine Sarah Young plays with sensory pleasure of a different sort in An Olfactory Portrait of the Amazon Rainforest. Eight pungent perfumes guide us through the shrinking Amazon. Inspired by a stay in the jungle, Young created the scents — including ‘Earth’, ‘Spices’ and ‘Lianas’ — hoping to provoke an urge to conserve through this most visceral sense, bound tight to memories. She founded the inter- disciplinary Apocalypse Project in 2013, to raise awareness on climate change through art–science works and collaborations. The original Greek meaning of ‘apocalypse’ is, she reminds, ‘lifting of the veil’.”
King, Anthony. “Risk, rout and ruination,” Nature Magazine, Volume 550, Number 7677 page 456, 26 October 2017 issue
Thank you very much to everyone who has ever been a part of these projects!
Death Cards Ritual Cards, which I began since all my near-death experiences and close calls, is The Sunset Wheel!
The Sunset Wheel is inspired by the cyanometer, a tool invented by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure in the 18th century and used by German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt during his expeditions to South America. While the cyanometer measures the blueness of the sky, The Sunset Wheel measures the colors of the sunset. It is also inspired by my memories of the Amazon where I went on an artscience residency in July, as well as all the sunsets I’ve loved seeing since I was young.
The Sunset Wheel, versions 1 and 2
There are two versions that can be sent as postcards. One looks similar in format to the original cyanometer with a removable center so you can see the sky, and the other one is composed of two disks, where the front circle has the color wheel and the larger one behind it has a window where you can view the sky. The idea is to match a color of the sunset with a color on the wheel, and to note the number/s down.
Since 2013, I’ve been giving these types of cards to people I’ve been grateful for for the year, including family, friends, mentors, people I meet in my travels. I started out with apocalypse badges and origami Santas riding velociraptors—I like to think I get better every year. It’s fun to exercise my creativity on a tiny gratitude card. Life is short, and relationships matter most.
You can also get these on my online shop!
If you have one, feel free to enter the numbers of the colors you see below:
Aidan Dunne of The Irish Times lists Science Gallery Dublin’s “In Case of Emergency” exhibition as one of the best art shows to see this week, and highlights An Olfactory Portrait of the Amazon Rainforest. Thanks so much!
In Case of Emergency
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin Until February 11th, 2018 sciencegallery.com
From nuclear apocalypse to environmental disaster, there’s nothing funny about global threats. Yet dystopia and disaster are staples of the film industry and other forms of fictional entertainment. Zombies, robots, bombs and post-apocalyptic wastelands are par for the course in speculations on terrible tomorrows. In Case of Emergency lays out the top threats to our world, evaluates how likely they are to happen, and asks what we can do about them. Highlights include Catherine Sarah Young’s olfactory portrait of the rainforest, Anna Dumitriu’s antibiotic resistance quilt, Dirk Brockmann’s Epidemic Event Horizon and real-time crisis management in the Situation Room.
Check it out here.
My interview with the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety, one of the supporters for our “Child’s Play: Climate Change through the Eyes of Children”, is now up on their website.
Here I spoke about the process of working with local children and youth of Plan International, an NGO focused on child sponsorship, about climate change adaptatation. Danke schön IKI, and thank you Plan International Asia’s fantastic staff and communities in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
The headline, “To know the colour of water”, refers to how one of the participants thinks that in the future because of extreme storms, children like her would think that the color of water is brown.
View the entire interview here [English and German].
In the Amazon, I “performed” some experiments in the jungle, questioning how science is kept in the ivory towers and how it has failed to affect most of public policy, such as climate change.
Jungle Experiments – Amazon (1), Video (1:20)
Jungle Experiments – Amazon (II), Video (1:39)
Jungle Experiments – Amazon (III), Video (1:40)
Thank you to LABVERDE Art Immersion Program in the Amazon and photographer Gui Gomes
“The Art of Systems Analysis”, IIASA, 2017
[Laxenburg, Austria] The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, a perfume project about the things we could lose because of climate change, is featured on “The Art of Systems Analysis,” by the International Institute of Systems Analysis (IIASA). The document features projects from international artists and asks the question, “How can artists support transformations to sustainability?” Featured as well is a quote by one of my longtime scientist collaborators and The Apocalypse Project’s sustainability advisor, Dr. Matthias Berger.
from “The Art of Systems Analysis,” IIASA, 2017, pages 18-19
from “The Art of Systems Analysis,” IIASA, 2017
Mentioned in the article are some of the slew of residencies, workshops, talks, and exhibitions for which this particularly project has received support through the years: Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory, USAID Asia, Bio-Art Seoul, Plan International (with support from BMUB Germany, International Climate Initiative, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), CCCB Lab Barcelona, 1335Mabini Manila, and my recent residency in the Amazon Rainforest with LABVERDE. Thank you for being part of the process!
I love moments like these when I can look back and thank some of the scientists who have collaborated with me. Thank you for the time and hard crits! Hope to meet you all in person one day!
Check it out here (the spread is on pages 18-19, but I encourage you to read the whole thing).