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  • Making the Choice – Bringing Forth an Environmental Renaissance

    How does our use of cell phones contribute to the disappearance of endangered mountain gorilla habitat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This exhibit explores how our daily habits contribute to environmental issues worldwide. Our goal is to help people learn how they can take personal action in their local communities in being part of the global environmental solution.

    “Making the Choice” presents information as two-tiered story-lines: the personal and the collective, the local and the global. Both stories are essential to fully understanding our impacts, and the conscious choices we make every day.

    The exhibition focuses on how seven objects we use in our daily lives impacts seven environmental topics: Waste Reduction (cell phone), Water (plastic water bottle), Environmental Health (orange juice), Transportation (gas cap), Urban Design (house keys), Urban Nature (plastic shopping bag), and Energy (light bulb).

    “For each of these topics, this exhibition explores these seemingly far-fetched connections, provides steps we can personally take to lessen our ecological impact, and highlights ways San Francisco is addressing these environmental concerns.


    • The photograph, “Forest Defenders,” is one of Christopher Lamarca many images portraying environmental activists and loggers in Oregon.


    • Sven Pahlsson’s “Sprawlville,” is a digitally animated video reflecting the soulless nature of mass-produced tract housing and strip malls.


    • Chris Jordan’s photograph, “E-Waste, New Orleans,”  from his Running the Numbers series, looks at our consumer excess.


    • Harri Kallio’s “Domain du Chasseur” is a study of the long-extinct dodo bird which was exterminated due to human intervention by 1693 on Mauritius Island — the only place dodos existed. 


    • In a poetic interpretation of our need for transportation, the Chinese photographer Fei Yang’ has us floating in “Basket.”


    • Alison Moritsugu’s ”Large Catalpa Slice I,” presents a vast landscape bathed in ethereal light, suggesting by painters of an earlier time that the new frontier is limitless and bountiful—our manifest destiny to conquer and expand territory.


    • Edward Burtynsky photograph, “Oil Fields #10, McKittrick, California,” depicts the paradox of good living and the suffering of the earth and her resources by our consumption.

    Exhibition Statement

    How does our use of cell phones contribute to the disappearance of endangered mountain gorilla habitat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This exhibit explores how our daily habits contribute to environmental issues worldwide. Our goal is to help people learn how they can take personal action in their local communities in being part of the global environmental solution.
     
    “Making the Choice” presents information as two-tiered story-lines: the personal and the collective, the local and the global. Both stories are essential to fully understanding our impacts, and the conscious choices we make every day.
     
    The exhibition focuses on how seven objects we use in our daily lives impacts seven environmental topics: Waste Reduction (cell phone), Water (plastic water bottle), Environmental Health (orange juice), Transportation (gas cap), Urban Design (house keys), Urban Nature (plastic shopping bag), and Energy (light bulb).
     
    “For each of these topics, this exhibition explores these seemingly far-fetched connections, provides steps we can personally take to lessen our ecological impact, and highlights ways San Francisco is addressing these environmental concerns.

    Venues

    San Francisco City Hall, 2007

     

    Participating Artists

    Christopher Lamarca; Chris Jordan; Rob Larson; Edward Burtynsky; Amy Franceschini; Lucy & Jorge Orta; Fred Tomaselli; Harri Kallio; Era and Don Farnsworth; Sven Pahlsson; Free Range Studio; Leslie Shows; Robert Bateman; Alison Moritsugu; Allora & Calzadilla; Icelandic Love Corporation; Agnes Denes; Fei Yang; Lane Hall and Lisa Moline