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“reterrarium” or “how to use rabbits to represent scale”


note: just to give a lay of the land to anyone who’s reading and our future selves when we forget what all of this is: we’re revisiting the logistics of terrarium.  designs, aims, etc.  taking the initial proposal and reassessing from lessons learned over the last year, evolution, devolution, etc.  each of us took the initial proposal and did what we wanted–fantastical, practical, conceptual, theoretical, literal, physical, liminal, subliminal, criminal, half-baked, fully-baked, dough-like–and sent each other notes and sketches.  with the hopes of seeing where everyone’s minds are at, where we coincide, where we don’t, and where we go from here.  drew and jack have posted their ideas in previous posts.  here’re some of my scribbles and (in)articulations…

* design for smaller, individual terrariums
– smaller terrariums representing the individual
modular terrariums, made from materials that are easy to find, anyone can make, and are constructed in using the least material possible, and therefore efficient in maximizing material. planks of wood are harder to come by, as well as transport. lengths of wood (2x4s, strips, dowels) are easier to come by, easier to transport. glass/plexi hard to come by, plastic bottles are easier to come by. at the same time, as learned from aquarium and warned by hmk, there’s a pretty tight infrastructure in place for plastic bottle recycling, and in bulk, actually pretty hard to come by. on other hand, plastic bags are easy to come by (and can make rope), and are also easy to transport. so both lengths of wood and plastic bags could possibly be prepped before going to hoorn, thereby saving lots of time scavenging everything everything.

so… use these lengths of wood to build basic frames. terrariums are triangular, modular and shallow. use plastic bags to create the base of terrariums — waterproof, and if fused and stretched + basic frame underneath, can offer a pretty solid base for even heavy items. also, no need for sealant.

in terms of using 3d space, terrariums can be cut to different heights, also angled.  also, don’t have to raise terrariums also; legs not necessary.  though lots of possibilities can come with playing with height. stacking terrariums for example?

* design for triptych
– triptych representing the cluster/group
made up of smaller terrariums; don’t know if this has to be a “triptych” or adhere to specific number 3. i imagine it more as representative of the possibilities when people work together, for better or worse. so putting together a cluster of smaller terrariums, perhaps they are distinguished in being larger in size. maybe we configure it, and the whole thing is very orderly and serves as a pretty obvious altar. or, it is configured and so overloaded with vegetation that it starts taking over itself, cannibalizing the wood and structure, and by the end of the exhibit, the “manmade” elements have more or less fallen, and it’s transformed into a monster of vegetation. us letting nature do its thing, start taking over.

* designs a floorplan for the installation
– smaller terrariums are arranged along the city map of hoorn; each terrarium more or less representing a house/building (aka individual) and triptych representing a communal space (aka hmk)
– triptych set where hmk would be on the map

* materials for the installation — where from and what?
– scrap wood, plastic bags, plastic bottles — materials that are readily accessible and in bulk
– indigenous plants that are also hardy and easy to come by — moss, grass, ivy, ferns, whatever’s growing in the area at the time. plants that are easy to grow and can be transported/replanted if need be — weeds, essentially
– additional non-organic materials to add to the visual mix?

* idea of what to do with the terrariums at the end of the installation
give to people who want them. if no one wants them, plant the rest, break down and recycle materials. loved this aspect of aquarium–that all the materials for the aqueduct/pipes were so easy to break down and recycle, that it was literally zero-waste.    bottles recycled; plastic bag rope recycled; steel returned to scrap yard.  also that i know at any time, if/whenever i want to, because the materials are accessible (except the stell, i suppose; but any stick/bar would do), the construction simple, it can be recreated easily and in that way still “exists.”  with both aquarium and planetarium that these are more the beginnings rather than the ending of possibilities; that we’ve constructed objects and spaces that any layman can construct, can take basic designs and material and build upon them.  like legos.  that this is larger than us.  because, well, it is.  (same can be more or less said with planetarium, paper if we’d actually recycled the paper or used the fire to some purpose, though not with the frame which was a recycled pvc frame from another installation)

notes on concept/questions
– individual terrariums and “triptych”/cluster as representation of human individual/society — akin to religious architecture (churches, temples, gudwaras) which reflect the structure of the universe and humanity’s role within it…
– continuing idea of “parts of a whole” running through other installations
– terrarium as a representation of what it would be like if natural environment was central to thought/behavior.
– terrarium installation as incubator/nursery for plants but also ideas; reclamation space as a germinating space, literally and metaphorically
– made of materials easy, accessible, modular — anyone can make, and uses materials efficiently (meaning, not so much waste). this doesn’t necessarily mean we end up using our time the most efficiently–an interesting thing to consider. this idea of “efficiency” and time.
– meditating on what happens when you domesticate wilderness…
– non-interference/minimal interference as action — in conceiving of an installation that attempts to maximize materials and as representation, to essentially bring the nature available in hoorn inside to hmk, addressing some questions about modes of thought related to “action” — social, environmental, otherwise. since reclamation’s inception, there’s been a lot of questioning regarding utility. what’s the purpose/point/function in making a planetarium out of thousands of sheets of office paper or an aqueduct that doesn’t work so well to water a garden that’s getting too much water from a very rainy february? but i wonder, why the fixation on utility? just because we are working with tangible problems, does that mean art has to be equally tangible in its utility? is it not enough to try to make something beautiful by using readily-available materials and incubating/growing what’s already there? if it is not enough, why does there have to be more? i also wonder if this mode of thinking–in equating utility, repurposing, in tinkering as intervention and addressing environmental and social issues, is actually systemic to the problem. the best thing to do to revitalize an ecosystem is to just let it be–chernobyl is a perfect example of this. in the case of some endangered species, there’s the breeding, incubating, reintroduction into the wild programs, etc. which also seek minimal interference, though there is obviously interference in this instance. if the whole planet’s at risk, flora/forests, etc. then even the least exotic of species are in danger–what if this is our version of these programs? maybe this a contradiction of thought? we (humans) are incredibly resourceful, coming up with a myriad ways to use anything and everything — but it’s both a blessing and a curse. it allows us to look at things in so many ways and rethink things (the hammer that isn’t the hammer), but it can also make us greedy (look at all the ways we can use oil — let’s rape the world of oil!). not sure if i’m being clear here; actually, very aware that i’m probably not. but also aware that continuing will just make things longer, not clearer. so stopping here for now.


Die Liedertafel


Die Lidertafel is a “weblog for singers, composers and poets” that my friend and colleague, Siobhan O’ Leary–a singer, writer, translator, and lover of cheese to boot–pointed me to.    It has poems and sketches and such.  Beyond that, I don’t know what anything means on the site because I don’t know German.  But at the same time, I feel like it’s cosmically linked to Reclamation’s website.  Perhaps this is me being totally naive.  If you know German, maybe you can prove me right or wrong.  Oh Babel…


“Terrariums Make a comeback” in NYT


Article in The New York Times on terrariums being back en vogue, etc..  And here I didn’t know they had ever gone out of style.


breaking glass, breaking everything


coming off of drew’s blog post, i feel less sheepish (bahhhhhh!) to relate my own aquarium woes and triumphs a few thousand miles away over the past few months. there’s a lot, as there always is. so much so perhaps that for now minced words suffice, as they feel better and less overwhelming. maybe if we go the poetic form first, the explanatory backstory will follow thereafter once i get the images off of my camera. doesn’t make sense? well, probably, neither will this, for now anyway…

seoul. coldest winter in 130 years. pipes broke twice. both at 2:30am. up and down 5 flights of stairs with a 50 pound gas heater on your back to figure out where the fuck the ice is. no running water for 10 days except pooling into the basement. the 50+ bottles collected over 6 months coming in handy to provide storage for water we wouldn’t have had otherwise. getting yelled at for collecting junk over months vindicated somewhats. just like the ivs in the hospital gave me ideas for aquarium, so had this experience. double layer of bottles. you’ll see once i get the images off of the camera i… wait for it… forgot in korea! sister of a saint will send the pics in the next few days… tragedy transformed into aquarium quandries saved. honestly, would swap one for the other in a heartbeat, but take what you can get i suppose. new appreciation for the rush of water, like music. my mother said i was running around like a sasum, that’s a deer for english-speaking folks. how lovely to do the dishes in a sink in a kitchen. and take a shower in a tub and not a bucket. left camera on the dining table. along with my good luck charm of a hat so no photos to show. but again, because of all of this, aquarium problems solved. and take what you can get to be thankful.

faith, environment, whatever indeed.

p.s. drew, during planetarium, while you were away, 1 week after i sold me car, 1 week before the deed was transferred, i had to replace my windshield because someone decided to crack it on the 1 day i parked it NOT in the lot to save money… HAHAHAHA… maybe it’s like the breaking of glass at a jewish wedding. mazel tov! though in NL, prior to NL, maybe we should do some symbolic gesture so it doesn’t manifest into -$200 for anyone… so this is how rituals are formed…




FDA’s putting in $10 million in research over the next 2 years to really get down to the bottom of BPA as safe/not safe in plastic.


on aquarium: water donations


sketch of one water collection idea... with a snake in love with a hose... and a rat afraid of the snake...

in prepping for aquarium, been mulling over the many ways to collect used water to make the thing Go. among others, considered setting up various stations throughout the la-area that collects the water, where we devise these moldable bins that fit into sinks and siphon used water into these massive bins that kind of look like recycling bins and are labeled “reclamation : aquarium” which we in turn collect and bring to sea & space… but that seems like, kind of crazy, right? erg. one of many that have come and gone through my brain.

but there’re two that’ve stuck. and compared with the prefaced idea, they’re far more reasonable. here they are:

1) shelf o’ water donation
shelf of bottles filled with waste water donated by visitors. there’s a list of “dos and don’ts” with the waste water we’ll have to come up with. like, water from the toilet, urine, used to wash your blood stained hands are a “no” for the fact that it’ll kill our plants and violate health codes of the space. yesses include water leftover in yoru water bottle that you never drank, rain run-off, water used to wash your hands for hum-drum stuff… here’s what i see in my head: a shelf (out of reclaimed wood, of course) floor to ceiling set in front of the window in s&s, where people can load their donations. we label them with people’s names (donation by…). how to make sure standards are met? faith in our fellow man, of course…

2) shelf o’ water collected
as in we load up on reclaimed water from a water reclamation plant (where else?!) … and keep on reusing this water since it’ll come out the other end a bunch of times. store extra on same shelf (see above if your memory’s as short as mine). one of the leading facilities in reclamation water development is in orange county; they’re heading up the green acres project. there’s also one in irvine. alternately we can pilgrimage to san fran to load up on water from the first reclamation water plant in the country. the shelf can also be an opp to educate about water reclamation — which is somewhat controversial, in development phase, and not that well known — in a functional, elegant way that’s sans the self-righteousness that comes with panels of information, etc.

both are feasible and i believe solve the water issue. maybe we can combine both. this question’s kept me up every now and then for the past few months, but now that there’re some answers, looking forward to reclaiming at least a few hours of sleep. HAHA. sorry. so not funny.


some expressed beliefs


in a “have your say” page, the bbc asked:

What do you think of the global climate deal?

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-backed climate deal in Copenhagen as an “essential beginning”. Do you think the agreement represents a fair deal for smaller countries?

here are some responses in which people write on their belief/disbelief of global warming. interestingly (and disturbingly, as far as i’m concerned), the “most recommended” responses  are those that deny global warming or claim it as a political conspiracy…

Added: Sunday, 20 December, 2009, 03:56 GMT 03:56 UK

The climate deal is of little or no consequence. The climate change is direct proof f the nearing of last day of judgement which is inevitable.

Shazib Khan, Lahore, Pakistan

Added: Sunday, 20 December, 2009, 03:45 GMT 03:45 UK

This weather is probably God’s way of telling us that He is in control, and not man. What greater irony than this (especially with the meetings happening in Copenhagen)?

N F, Alberta, Canada

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Added: Sunday, 20 December, 2009, 03:26 GMT 03:26 UK

Human caused “global warming ” is a fraud.

Solar activity is key – and we have zero impact on that.

Should the earth warm up, it will do more good than harm. We in north America could be under glaciers. That would be a problem.

Charles Calhoun, White Plains, NY

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Added: Sunday, 20 December, 2009, 03:11 GMT 03:11 UK

In addition what depresses me is those who think that man is not influencing climate change keep bringing up things that have been answered or refuted – as a simple information search would show – it would be like someone bringing up H&S myths as facts. Dangerously close to lying.

[michellegrand], Alton, United Kingdom

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Added: Sunday, 20 December, 2009, 24:15 GMT 00:15 UK

Sprited leaders from small countries like President of Maldive put up a splendid performance & much better than leaders of major polluting nations. It is very obvious that those self-serving leaders have joined the ranks of U.S Evangelist to wait for resurrection of Jesus to clean up the earth!

Sid, Delhi

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 13:02 GMT 13:02 UK

Regardless of whether global warming exists or not, and regardless of man’s influence, we live on a planet of finite resources and should use those wisely.

Its a bit like giving everyone a patch of soil, and a “chunk of energy” to use as they wish. You can boil a kettle in 3 minutes or drive to the local shop, up to you.

People are used to doing both, and its a problem.

Now what one needs are products that use “nothing” to run them.

Reduction of emissions should be bi-product


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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:59 GMT 12:59 UK

This deal is a joke, it is farcical. Top scientists are even skeptic. The ones that seem to be adamant are politicians who know nothing, and scientist working for the politicians..seems like a political stunt to me.

Why is evidence based on projectory and natural weather shifts.. nature always changes its course… so i was told till copenhagen summit, now i believe it is my fault. a famous economist said.. “man’s potential in saving the world would be equivalent to saving one cow”

Concerned Brit, London

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:56 GMT 12:56 UK

I think we common folk are being lied to.
If the world was at stake due to emissions, don’t you think even wealthy countries like US would be truly concerned?

There’s a problem all right & it’s far worse than climate change. Namely, the earth’s crust is shifting. It’s happened before & it’s about to happen again. The crust-shift will rid the planet of its surplus population while the elite watch from safe retreats, pondering the inheritance of the entire earth (as Gods).

Regina-Gabrielle Berry, Toronto, Canada

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:08 GMT 12:08 UK

I am very glad that the copenhagen conference has failed.I really think it is time that the BBC started looking at the opinions of the thousands of real scientists who disagree with the ‘consensus’ view do none of your journalists ever get on the net and look at the real science? Remember, consensus has no place in science..and despite rising CO2 levels even the ‘adjusted’ temperatures show NO warming this century..this proves the computer models are wrong as are all the outlandish forecasts

hickman, dover

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:02 GMT 12:02 UK

I agree with hundreds of scientists all over the world who are never heard in the media who have found that global warming is a myth and has no scientific basis.

Nicholas Dyson, Letchworth

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:40 GMT 12:40 UK

My reaction ,a load of face saving political spin. With all the facts and truth that has surfaced in recent weeks this face saving maneuver is the first big nail in the coffin of AGW.
“I have sworn on the altar of god,eternal hostility against every form of tyranny against the mind of man” Thomas Jefferson
Truth shall prevail over propaganda,the alarmist warmist brainwashing of our children shall not be forgotten. Gettinggrumpier

wayne job, broadford

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:38 GMT 12:38 UK

Global warming Deal and Britain Paralysed by snowfalls before Christmas.

Two swallows don’t make a Summer, and could well be coincidence. The same is true for many situations. Scientific evidence is sound only when unshakable in every concievable way.

There is great doubt that the evidence for the Global warming argument is sound or complete, let alone tested or proven.

Politics and science are vastly different. Politicians Talk, that’s all they do. The Deal is meaningless.


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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:31 GMT 12:31 UK

All the climate change deniers obtain most of their information from the media. If instead they started reading the actual science papers (1,000s of them) then they would reach the same conclusion as EVERY scientific institute in the world. It is only individuals who question manmade climate change. There are thousands of science institutes and yet not one supports the deniers. You either trust the newspapers or you trust the scientists. Controversy sells papers – don’t forget this.

G Walker, UK

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:31 GMT 12:31 UK

Its a start
Global warming /climate change is a reality ..we are accelerating natural change
I want t my Grandchildren to have a future
I want my grandchildrens future decided by common sense and best safe not sorry

And NOT decided by the Top gear hedonists and Tabloid bigots who are scared their here and now live today pay tomorrow gluttony and jet set life is at risk
Fact is the oil and gas will run out and history will weep at what we wasted burnt up for tatty baubles and fun

tiger moth, stoke

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:31 GMT 12:31 UK

“I say it again. The left consist of two obsessive compulsions. Fascist dictatorship and total anarchy. Gee, how would that dichotomy not bind things up..”

Dear pen pal, USA

Dear pen pal, I would prescribe for you less Glenn Beck, less Hannity and less O’Reilly. Fascism is a right wing impulse, not left wing. Think Franco, Mussolini and Hitler. True, they made the trains run on time but freedom for me means not being obliged to salute your own flag every day.

Love and kisses.

Zippy, Bush

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:07 GMT 12:07 UK

I’ve no doubt that the climate is detrimentally being affected by human activity and that it’s essential to do something to help reduce the effects.

This includes procreating at a much slower rate and religions need to get wise to that.

What has been semi agreed in Copenhagen will probably make little more difference than Kyoto did.

What was the carbon footprint of this conference?

Do these huge summits actually make a difference?

I fear it’s all a load of hot air…

Jon Storr, Wales, United Kingdom

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:00 GMT 12:00 UK

Why do people make snide comments that developing countries resisting the current Copenhagen deal are just holding out for more money? Pacific Islanders value their land as home, not as a commercial exercise! Coastlines are eroding, seasons and weather patterns are changing, in other parts of the world glaciers are melting – we in the small island countries may be the first to be affected by rising sea levels, but in the end everyone will suffer & everyone should help.

C.J.N., Luganville, Vanuatu

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 11:44 GMT 11:44 UK

To people saying the real problem is overpopulation, how do you intend to solve it?
The issues are the same. In the end people will have to own responsibility and no longer rely on dumb politicians. World leaders have failed, now its up to us. Capitalism has to go, governments have to go and we need to collectivise, instead of the self interest individualism like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, we have to form a political system of common ownership and mutual consensus.

Capitalism Sucks, Lancaster

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 12:41 GMT 12:41 UK

I think it’s ridiculous. Climate science is nonsense compared to proper sciences. There is no proper scientific proof that man is significantly affecting the climate, and there is major evidence that he isn’t. Even if the warmists are right, human development isn’t just going to stop because the planet gets a bit hotter – that’s not how life works. The amount of political spin on this and the secrecy involved are very suspicious. I think the whole thing is a scam.


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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 13:05 GMT 13:05 UK

Our place is out there in the cosmic space.
Lunatic, fantastic?
Yes, it is today.
But getting rid of limitations (e.g. dogmas) all will change at once.
There are no alternatives.
Unless we kill/eat each other…

Tibor TK, Neuss

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 22:37 GMT 22:37 UK

Of course the world isn’t getting hotter. Of course we’re not threatened with the risk of flooding all of our coasts. That’s why New Orleans was bone dry as was the whole of Cumbria. Let’s not forget all the other areas which suffer increased flooding as well as the truly immense lake that has appeared in Nepal that used to be a glacier.

The world is warming, we are accelerating it and it will bring catastrophic disasters and even wars in the next 50 years.

It’s already too late.

T, Derby

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Added: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 05:08 GMT 05:08 UK

The scientific evidence that this summit is based upon has now been questioned. No deal should be agreed until the true facts are agreed. No political spin, ideals or showmanship should be considered. Clean air is one thing, global warming or climate change is another. The UK government and its agencies are prime suspects in this conspiricy to fleece everyone of yet more tax for idealistic and unworkable ends.

John Wurrows, Nottingham

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dded: Saturday, 19 December, 2009, 07:59 GMT 07:59 UKThe very idea that humankind can control the world temperature, over even a day let alone a decade, is simply breathtaking! It really is time that this global warming bandwagon stops.

Richard Elliott, Shrewsbury

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