With Stops in Mancos, Dolores and Ridgway En Route to Mountainfilm in Telluride
TELLURIDE – A seed is a small physical object that carries information from the past into the future. Which is a kind of miracle.
But like a lot of nature, seeds are easily taken for granted.
New Mexico-based artists Jeanette Hart-Mann and Chrissie Orr have made it their mission to build awareness that seeds represent a critical human heritage. Sharing and trading not only seeds but stories about seeds, the focus, Orr said in an interview this week, is on the “culture in agriculture.”
The project is called SeedBroadcast. It operates out of a van with the two artists on hand “to explore, uncover and make manifest the issues surrounding agriculture and in particular surrounding seeds,” Hart-Mann said.
The artists and their van will be in the region this week, with stops in Mancos, Dolores and Ridgway en route to Telluride for the Mountainfilm weekend.
“Every seed has a story associated with it,” Orr explained, and recording and sharing those stories is a core component of SeedBroadcast. In their travels, which began in 2011 and have included “community based projects, installations, dialogues, creative actions, experiential practices and cross country tours with the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station,” (according to the SeedBroadcast website), Hart-Mann and Orr have heard many people say: “If we lose this seed, we lose our culture.”
Therefore, Orr added, “if we keep dispersing stories and seeds, there’s an action happening.” In light of Global Warming, which threatens agriculture, and genetically modified seeds and industrial monoculture, “saving seeds and using our own seeds is a radical action.”
As living organisms, “seeds are constantly changing and adapting to the environment,”
said. “They teach us what it means to be resilient and regenerative. This is wisdom being developed in time with climate change. People want to change by eating local, healthy food, and plants are doing the same thing.”
Hart-Mann and Orr and their van will be at the Seed Library in Mancos on May 22, from 9-11 a.m., at the Montezuma Elementary School in Dolores on May 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the Ridgway (Seed Library, on May 23, times TBA). In Telluride they and their van will be available for interaction at the Mountainfilm Ice Cream Social and Telluride Farmer’s Market on May 24, at the Telluride Stronghouse parking lot on May 25 and at Mountainfilm’s Kidz Kino at the Palm on May 26.
Their visit to the region is being underwritten, in part, by The Telluride Institute.