Exorcising America: Spill Response Techniques

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Core Samples (Santa Fe) from MoCNA Social Engagement Residency

Core Samples (unstable, partially examined, Santa Fe)

Core sampling is a technique used in underground, undersea, ice sheet exploration and prospecting. A core sample is a roughly cylindrical piece of surface to subsurface material removed for examination by a specialized drill.  Samples are used to investigate the peculiar features of a given zone, ascertain the properties of strata, or to compare realities from different times, locations, contexts or perspectives.

Coring tools are long metal cylinders. Forced beneath the surface, sediments are drawn into them by suction.  On a rotary coring bit, the cutting apparatus surrounds a hollow center, called the core barrel, where the core sample is stored. This core barrel allows the contents of inner barrel to remain intact, retaining the core sample while the outer barrel is rotated by the drill-string, cutting the core.

Core analysis is used to examine the porosity and permeability of the land, in addition to unearthing saturation of perception and cognitive density. These measurements help us study the conditions of the landscape.

Special core analysis involves measuring the reservoir characteristics to determine pressure, and electrical characteristics to understand resistance, structural formation and capacity for exchange.

Collected inSanta Fe New Mexico, the core samples on display contain quaternary alluvium; dominantly composed of unconsolidated sand, silt, clay, and gravel; embedded with hair, bullets, and teeth.  Precambrian crystalline rocks, and upper Paleozoic sediments continue to exist beneath layers of beads, gold, silver, and turquoise.  Irregular contact between the layers has partially eroded earlier formations, but has not impacted permeability or resistance.

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Exorcising America: Breathing Exercises

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Exorcising America: Eating to Exorcise

This installment of Exorcising America outlines basic principles for eating to exorcise; including a discussion and demonstration on digestibility and palatability of food, ideas, social norms, and epistemological concerns (with Merritt Johnson and Nicholas Galanin).

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How To: Shake Hands with Water

The video provides step by step instructions and demonstration for a water activity. Using simple and easily obtained materials you can cultivate positive feelings about water and develop appreciation and respect based not only on the attractiveness of water, but it’s other qualities as well. Instructions for keeping water clean are outlined along with ways to conserve and limit water usage.
Warning & Disclaimer: Do not attempt to drink water used in this activity, or any water previously used for washing.
How to: Shake Hands with Water is an instructional video produced by Merritt Johnson during her Social Engagement Residency at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe NM in June 2014. Cannupa Hanska Luger collaborated on & appears in the video.

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DIY: Land Goggles

This video provides step by step instructions and demonstration for making Land Goggles using simple and easily obtained materials. Land Goggles look great with everything in addition to being therapeutic. They may be an effective treatment for turquoise blindness, gold fever, developing confusion, and complete disregard.
Warning & Disclaimer: Land Goggles are not guaranteed to cure or improve any condition despite improving your view of the land. Land Goggles are not intended for use while driving a car, operating machinery, or moving around. Please stay completely still when wearing Land Goggles and really look at the land.
DIY: Land Goggles is an instructional video produced by Merritt Johnson during her Social Engagement Residency at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe NM in June 2014. Cannupa Hanska Luger collaborated on & appears in the video.

 

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Cleopocahontra as she appears to the Governing Bodies of the New Romantic School of Vampire Colonialism

Cleopocahontra herself is not visible, because she is a multitude, incapable of being condensed into a single body.  She appears to the viewer according to their assumptions, limitations, and choices. This is a rendering of her appearance before the Governing Bodies of the New Romantic School of Vampire Colonialism, which has existed (and continues to exist) under different names throughout time and place. In this incarnation (despite her open stance) she is perceived as a potential threat due to her hidden hands and unbowed head.  Her disparate dress and adornment results from her viewers desire to contextualize her strangeness within the familiar, while embodying what they most want from her.

cleopocahontra web

cleopochontra side web

cleopocahontra back web

brocade, taffeta, fur, dentalium, cowrie, fringe, beads, porcupine quills and horse hair

2014

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