Friday, December 5, 2014

THROAT = Rhinebeck → Linda Weintraub → Eco-Art → M.C.Richards

Solar Plexus = Newburgh/Beacon
Throat Kingston/Rhinebeck
Middle EyeCatskill/Hudson
Crown Albany/Troy

"It is possible to deal with the entire environment as a work of art."
--Marshall McLuhan

My eighth earth acupuncture/needle insertion takes place in Rhinebeck, NY, on the east side of the Hudson River, representing the throat energy point in the body. I am inserting into the earth, copper spikes wrapped in iron wire, in twelve locations along the Hudson River. The locations represent acupuncture meridian points corresponding to the human spine. I am giving the river and valley a Jin Shin Jyutsu energy-healing treatment called Main Central Vertical Flow.

Invited by curator Linda Weintraub to submit a proposal for her Dear Mother Nature exhibition at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY, New Paltz gave me the perfect opportunity to realize my idea of applying Jin Shin Jyutsu techniques to the earth.

Choosing Linda Weintraub's  Rhinebeck property, representing the throat energy point in my project, was the most obvious of choices in deciding on where to insert my copper and iron needles. The throat chakra is associated with the ears, listening and speaking; the communication center.

Linda is one of our greatest communicators on Eco Art and her home and life is a realization of her environmental philosophy of creating productive eco-systems. Her latest book, To Life! Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, documents the Eco Art movement from the 1970's into the 21st-century.

Linda Weintraub's home in Rhinebeck
K. Anderson placing Copper/Iron Earth Acupuncture Needle
Rhinebeck Copper
41º 57' 29" N, 73º 49' 43" W
Numerous performances curated by Weintraub take place on her Rhinebeck property throughout several of her handmade outdoor amphitheatres.

In 2004, I presented an outdoor performance on the same site I now have placed my copper needle. Two performers in translucent metallic silk robes lit with 160 led's sewn on the inside, explore movement to the sound of a didjeridu played by Thomas Workman. 

Alongside a pond, the reflections in the water create a sensation of floating in space.

"If the source of our design sense is our bio-psychic identity, this makes design-insight a part of ecology. It is important for us to develop our intuition for design ecology: for living inner forms...and the health of the whole."
--M.C. Richards

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