NICOLE ANTEBI (artist)
Nicole Antebi works in non-fiction animation, motion graphics, installation while simultaneously connecting and creating opportunities for other artists through larger curatorial and editorial projects such as Water, CA and The Winter Shack. Her work has been shown in many places including High Desert Test Sites, The Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Teeny Cine’s converted trailer, Portable Forest, a Texas Grain Silo and in the cabin of a capsized ship at Machine Project, Los Angeles, California.
ALAN BACOCK (panel speaker)
Alan Bacock is a Big Pine Tribal Member and serves as the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley’s Water Program Coordinator. He has been involved with environmental issues for the past 15 years working on behalf of tribes to protect the water, air and land for the future. Alan is a representative of the Tribe on various committees and boards including the USEPA Region IX’s Regional Tribal Operations Committee, Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Group’s Administrative Committee and Eastern California Water Association. He is also the manager of the Tribe’s Sustainable Food Project. The Sustainable Food Project is an effort to regain tribal connections to the land and water by utilizing concepts that are good for the earth and good for people.
LAUREN BON (artist)
Lauren Bon is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Princeton University and MIT; and holds degrees in architecture and the history and theory of art. Ms. Bon leads the Metabolic Studio which incorporates creativity and innovation to remediate brownfields, places incapable of supporting life. Ms. Bon’s signature projects include: Not A Cornfield, 2005-2006; Farmlab, 2006-2008; Strawberry Flag, 2009-2010; One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 2013; Silver and Water, 2006–present. Ms. Bon’s work creates innovative solutions to critical social issues often engaging complex bureaucracies including the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Veterans Administration, California State Lands Commission and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
JON CHRISTENSEN (panel moderator)
Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is a regular columnist at LA Observed and editor of Boom: A Journal of California, a quarterly magazine published by the University of California Press that brings scholars, researchers, journalists, writers, artists, photographers, policymakers, advocates, and the public into common conversations about California in the world. Jon was executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, new media, and journalism at Stanford University before coming to UCLA. He has been an environmental journalist and science writer for more than 30 years.
BARRY LEHRMAN (artist)
Lehrman is the Aqueduct Futures Project Director and Lead Exhibit Designer. He is an assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona Los Angeles. Lehrman discovered the sublime nature of Owens Valley in 1999, when he set off on a whim to explore the Eastern Sierras. Lehrman’s scholarship into the Los Angeles Aqueduct began with his 2005 University of Pennsylvania MLA/MArch thesis that proposed an alternative dust control landscape for Owens Lake. At Cal Poly Pomona, Lehrman teaches sustainable urban design and landscape architecture complimented by his interest in the water-energy nexus, land art, videography, and the cultural milieu of sustainability. Prior to his latest return to Southern California, he taught at the University of Minnesota, and practiced as landscape architecture in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. As a set designer and art director, his worked on a dozen films, 18 different television series, and numerous live action events.
PETER BO RAPPMUND (artist)
Peter Bo Rappmund is a Texas-based artist whose practice relies on understanding both empirical and metaphysical properties of natural and built environment s . He has exhibited at a variety of venues, including MoMA, New York; Anthology Film Archives; George Eastman House; National Maritime Museum, London; REDCAT; and the Locarno, New York, Vienna, Ann Arbor, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals. Rappmund held a solo exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum in 2012 , and is currently working on Communion Los Angeles, a project about Route 110. He received a MFA from the school of music and school of film/video at CalArts.
CHAD RESS (artist)
Chad Ress is an American photographer based in Southern California. His work leverages traditional documentary practices incorporating image and text to interact with and comment on often unseen physical and informational systems. Ress first became interested in photography under the influence of the extensive archive of FSA photographs in Lousiville’s Speed Museum. His project America Recovered: A Survey of the ARRA looks to reconsider the FSA legacy in the context of the 2009 economic collapse and subsequent stimulus legislation. America Recovered was accepted to Photo Santa Fe, awarded distinction by The Forward Thinking Museum, and published in Time Magazine and Harper’s. Ress recently competed a fellowship with the Center for Social Cohesion and Arizona State University, in conjunction with the New America Foundation. The resulting archive of images documents where Americans go—when not at work or at home—to find a sense of community and connection to place.
ALEXANDER ROBINSON (artist)
Alexander Robinson is a landscape architect and assistant professor at the University of Southern California in the Landscape Architecture program. His research practice explores design territories where form and system intersect in the contexts of urban infrastructure, landscape architecture, and natural landscapes. His Landscape Morphologies Lab develops hybrid techniques and strategies in the pursuit of advancing the holistic design of landscape infrastructures and other performance systems in Los Angeles and internationally. Current projects engage the Owens Lake Dust Control Project, the Owens Valley, and the Los Angeles River with site studies, community interaction, and design modeling. Robinson is the co-author of Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture (Birkhauser, 2007). He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Swarthmore College.
KIM STRINGFELLOW (artist/curator)
Kim Stringfellow is a transmedia artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art + Design. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Her transmedia projects bridge cultural geography and environmental concerns using a variety of documentary approaches and media. Her research explores the cultural landscape and history of place, often addressing environmental repercussions of human interaction and occupation within these spaces. Stringfellow’s projects have been commissioned and funded by leading organizations including Cal Humanities, The Creative Work Fund, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and The Seattle Arts Commission. She is the 2012 recipient of the Theo Westenberger Award for Artistic Excellence. The award honors the achievements of contemporary women whose work in photography, film, and new media transforms how we see the American West.