Feet to the Fire
Feet to the Fire
The first year of F2F began with a seven-month planning period that began in September 2007 where partnerships were solidified, project activities outlined, a budget finalized and an evaluation plan drafted. All activities were overseen by the Feet to the Fire University Planning Committee made up of the provost, the academic deans, participating faculty, students, and community partners, such as the Jonah Center for Earth and Art and the Green Street Arts Center. This initial planning period was dedicated to planning the 18-month project that includes research opportunities for a team of students and faculty to explore first-hand the effects of global warming, fieldwork studies in art and science, performances, festivals, pedagogical exchanges in existing courses, commissioning of artists and convening of experts.
Feet to the Fire Festival
The first event to kick off the project was the Feet to the Fire Festival, which took place on May 10, 2008. For over seven months, a 32-member planning committee of campus and community members worked to plan the Festival. “All of us working on the Festival are united in the belief that the arts have the potential to help us see and understand the impact of climate change while at the same time assist us in envisioning a sustainable future,” Pamela Tatge, Director of the CFA, said.
Professor of Biology and Earth & Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff co-taught this course with choreographer and dancer Ann M. Carlson. This intensive, interdisciplinary course melded scientific and choreographic inquiry in pursuit of one of the most important topics facing society: climate change due to global warming. The course included both classroom and laboratory sessions that took place at the Middletown landfill. With an emphasis on the body and its relationship with its environment, participants had an opportunity to consider the multiple layers of histories, time and memory layered within the landfill and the continuing impact of this changing environment onthe body.
ECON 148: The Economics of Climate Change
Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Gary Yohe and choreographer Ann M. Carlson
ARST 436: Architecture II
Assistant Professor of Architecture Elijah Huge, Patricia Brennan, Ph.D. and Kristof Zykowski, Ph.D.
ANTH 232: Alter(ed)native Approaches: Middletown Lives
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Gina Ulysse and printer/bookmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
E&ES 359: Global Climate Change
Professor of Earth & Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Art & Art History Tula Telfair
GOVT/EAST 382: Civil Society in Comparative Perspective
Assistant Professor of Government Mary Alice Haddad and choreographer and dancer Eiko Otake
ARHA 362: Issues in Contemporary Art
Adjunct Lecturer in Art & Art History Nina Felshin, Professor of Earth & Environmental Studies Suzanne O'Connell and musician Michael Pestel
DANC 309: Advanced Modern Dance Technique III
Assistant Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio and Professor of Earth & Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff
Marion Belanger's Landfill is a photographic installation that consists of three photographs printed on silk, suspended in trees. It premiered at the Feet to the Fire Festival in May 2008 and was also a featured work in the Zilkha Gallery’s exhibition, Global Warning. Landfill was commissioned by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts and Environmental Studies Program.
Ann Carlson's Green Movement incorporates signs, symbols and metaphors emerging from the dialogue around climate change. Issues explored in the work include an examination of what is consumed, what resources we use to live, work, eat, thrive and how that impacts the environment. Green Movement was commissioned by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts and Environmental Studies Program.