Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris of the Canary Project, January 24

Water Gold Soil: The American River, The Canary Project, 2016
Water Gold Soil: The American River, The Canary Project, 2016
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

Join us from 5:30 -7:30 pm for a presentation by Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris of the Canary Project. This artist talk is part of EXTRACTION, a research program exploring the industrial operations which abuse natural resources and thrive off of labor exploitation and racialized impoverishment. EXTRACTION is coordinated by A. Laurie Palmer of the Art Department and TJ Demos of the Center for Creative Ecologies and features an artist lecture program, film screenings, field trips, and a conference, interrogating the current cultures of extraction.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts lot.

Sayler/Morris of The Canary Project will discuss their current work, Water Gold Soil: The American River.  The project, which consists of photographic and video works, archival images, maps and writing, tells the story of a single flow of water in present-day California from origin point to end-use.  The project is both a form of historiography and a form of allegory – using this swath of geography to investigate our present Age of Extraction. As with other water flows in the American West, the “American River” is no longer a river at all, but an elongated site of water capture and distribution, with a definite beginning but diffuse end.

Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris) work with photography, video, writing and installation.  Of primary concern are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness and the possibilities for art within a social activist practice. In 2006 they co-founded The Canary Project - a collaborative that produces art and media that deepen public understanding of ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, food systems and water resources.  Sayler/Morris were recently awarded 2016 NYFA Artist Fellowships and the 2016 David Brower Center ART/ACT Award & Exhibition.  They have also been Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows, Artist Fellows at The Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment and Loeb Fellows at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. They currently teach in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University where they co-direct The Canary Lab. 


Artists’ Lecture and Film Screening Series

*All lectures and screenings are on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, in DARC 108 at UC Santa Cruz unless otherwise noted.

1/17 Presentation by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

1/24 Presentation by Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler of The Canary Project

1/31 Screening of Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle’s Goodbye Gauley Mountain, 2013, with Artists’ Presentation

2/14 Screening of The Otolith Group’s The Radiant, 2012

2/21 Presentation by Subhankar Banerjee

2/28 Screening of the following shorts videos:
-David Kelly / Patty Chang, Spiritual Myopia, 2015
-Harun Farocki, Silver and the Cross, 2010
-Sammy Baloji, Mémoire, 2007

3/7 Screening of Elizabeth Knafo’s Rare Earth, 2014 and Presentation by the artist

3/14 Screening of Sanjay Rawal’s Food Chains, 2014, with Presentation by Ann López (Center for Farmworker Families)

Field Trips

Saturday, March 11

Visit the Harrisons’ Future Garden (with Newton Harrison), and to the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program research garden (with Rick Flores and members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band), Arboretum, UC Santa Cruz

Sunday, May 7

Farmworker Reality Tour in Watsonville with Ann López of the Center for Farmworker Families


May 12-13 (Friday at the Multi-Purpose Room at College Nine and Ten; Saturday at the Nonviolent Resource Center)

Confirmed speakers include: Jason Moore, Brian Holmes and Claire Pentecost, Anne Quirynen, Caleb Ben, representative from NoDAPL, Angela Anderson and Angela Melitopoulos

EXTRACTION is co-sponsored by the Arts Research Institute and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, UCSC’s Arts Research Institute, UCSC's College Nine and College Ten, UCSC's Digital Arts and New Media program, and CDAR (UCSC Center for Documentary Arts and Research).​​