Jim Smith / Land Artist

Jim Smith is a true Renaissance man. He is a land artist in the tradition of Andy Goldsworthy, a lighting designer, a creator of unique structures in the land, where people can experience themselves in spaces that are esthetically sensual and inspiring. He calls himself a “spatialist;”…one who creates outdoor spaces that invite wonder and delight.

Jim lived for 20 years as a nomad, resourcefully navigating life artfully. Living out of a camper with an enviable free form, low overhead existence, he was able to travel the world.

He built the world’s largest voluntary habitat, a cave for Mexican freetail bats called a Chiroptorium, which has been occupied by 400,000 bats. In 1980, Jim received a building arts grant from the NEA to create an Iris Window. He shared his lighting design expertise with a Japanese “living treasure’, at a royal cremation ceremony in Bali, with a juice parlor in Medellin, Columbia, and on Orcas Island in the San Juans.

 

Marie-Rose Phan-Le / Film / Book "Talking Story: One Woman's Quest..."

"Talking story" is a film about one woman's quest to preserve ancient spiritual traditions.  It is her personal transformational journey traveling from the rainforests of Peru to the peaks of Nepal.

Marie-Rose Phan-Le has over 25 years of experience in Film/TV production. She has travelled extensively from the rainforests of Peru to the heights of the Himalayas for her award-winning documentary film and companion book Talking Story: One Woman’s Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions. Phan-Le founded the Healing Planet Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and preservation of healing and spiritual traditions.

The film Talking Story chronicles the lives, rituals and wisdom of healers and spiritual leaders from diverse cultures across the world. The film uses personal journeys to humanize the fight for cultural preservation and the importance of maintaining the different ways each culture perceives the world. 

Gay Dillingham / Film / "Dying To Know"

Gay Dillingham is the producer and director of Dying to Know and The WIPP Trail, narrated by Robert Redford. Dillingham founded and managed two environmental technology companies, Earthstone International and Growstone.

Dying to Know is a celebration of the 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, who began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became an LSD guru, challenging convention, questioning authority, and as a result spawned a global counter culture movement. Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for a generation. Ram Dass encourages us to ponder questions of life and death. Leary and Ram Dass collaborated on a book titled The Psychedelic Experience based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which explores the similarities of the psychedelic experience and the dying process.

Godfrey Reggio / Filmmaker / "Visitors"

Godfrey Reggio is a director of experimental documentary films. He co-founded La Clinica de la Gente, a facility that provided medical care to 12,000 community members in Santa Fe, and La Gente” a community organization in Northern New Mexico’s barrios. Reggio is best known for is Qatsi trilogy, which includes Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. Soundtracks for his films were composed by his friend Philip Glass. In 2014 Reggio was recognised by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City with a career retrospective entitled Life with Technology: The Cinema of Godfry Reggio.

Presented by Steven Soderbergh in Black and White digital 4K projections, Visitors explores humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotion states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. 

Carlos Carulo / Artist

Carlos Carulo is a Chilean painter and sculptor, whose work has been called ‘surrealistic,” “chilling” and high-tech.” He moved to Santa Fe in 1974.

About his work, Carulo says “My work is always changing, and my newest paintings could be considered Abstract Expressionism, but I call them Situationalism. I think of my art as my emotional response to situations in my life.”

Lily Yeh / Artist / Visionary / Barefoot Artists, Inc.

 

The art of mosaic is the art of taking something broken and creating something whole. Lily Yeh, with members of the community, created a memorial to the Rwandan genocide. Yeh is an urban visionary who creates collective collaboration.

Lily Yeh (born 1941, Guizhou, China) is an artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world.  She was a professor of painting and art history at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) from 1968 until 1998. As founder and executive director of The Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc., to bring the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in several other countries.

Joe Berlinger / Director / Film: "Crude"

Joe Berlinger is a documentary filmmaker known for his work with Bruce Sinofsky on Bother’s KeeperParadise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and Crude,  the film we discuss in the interview.

Crude is a 2009 documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, directed and produced by Berlinger. It follows a two-year portion of an ongoing class action lawsuit against the Chevron Corporation in Ecuador.

David Lebrun / Filmmaker, "Breaking the Maya Code"

The complex and beautiful hieroglyphic script of the ancient Maya was until recently one of the last great untranslated writing systems. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Coe, called by the New York Times "one of the great stories of 20th century scientific discovery", Breaking the Maya Code traces the epic quest to unlock the secrets of the script across 200 years, nine countries and three continents.

- Written by David Lebrun

Cyril Christo, Marie Wilkinson / Author / Photographer, Book "Lost Africa"

Marie Wilkinson and Cyril Christo work together documenting relationships between indigenous people and the natural world. Their books of photography include Lost Africa: The Eyes of OriginWalking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant and In Predatory Light: In Search of Lions, Tigers and Polar Bears.

Maggie Macnab / Author, Book "Decoding Design"

Maggie Macnab is a designer, author and educator. She is a lover of nature, symbols, and the human spirit. She founded Macnab Design in 1981, and her design work has received international recognition for over 30 years.

Her book, Decoding Design: Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication, reveals how common symbols and shapes resonate at a gut level and can lend greater meaning to a design.. She talks about how to uncover how philosophy, math and physics influence great design. .

Colleen Kelley / Trumpet: An Elephant Call

Colleen Kelley is an author, artist, and visionary influenced by the Tao. Kelley has worked on collaborative projects with other artists, musicians, teachers and ecologists, which produced an artful environmental curriculum that is used in schools, churches and family groups around the world.

Kelly collaborated with musician Jami Sieber in Thailand to produce “Trumpet: An Elephant Call.”  

Judy Chicago / Artist / "Chicago on Glass"

Judy Chicago is an internationally recognised artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual. Chicago pioneered Feminist art and art education in the 1970s at California State University, Fresno. Her mostcelebrated work, “The Dinner Party,” was executed between 1974-70 with the participation of hundreds of volunteers. It was permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007. Chicago has also created other great collaborative projects: “The Birth Project,” housed at The Albuquerque Museum, “The Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light,” and “Resolutions: A Stitch in Time.”

In this episode of Living Juicy! Judy Chicago speaks about her 2006 exhibition, “Chicago on Glass," at the LewAllen Contemporary gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

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Cathy Aten / Artist / Painting with Dirt when you have MS

Cathy Aten is a Santa Fe, NM artist who lives with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. She is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist, as well as a poet. Aten shifted from working in paint to sculpture and installation  art using natural materials, like dirt. Aten explains her work with dirt: “it is about bringing dirt inside so that we can let it inform out lives more directly—instead of sweeping it out the door.”