Feet to the Fire

Earth and Justice for All

In the 2012 - 2013 academic year, F2F was dedicated to issues of enivornmental justice. Associated programming sought to raise questions about equity and distributions of environmental quality and health on a local to global scale.



The Common Moment 2012 program featured music and movement from around the world. Students embodied the traditions of these cultures through dance, movement, traditional, and non-traditional sounds. The Common Moment featured Ghanaian, Japanese, South Indian, Caribbean, and American Contra dance and music ensembles. All new students were assigned to a cultural group and spent time rehearsing before performing their dance with their respective musical styles.


ENVS 331: Perspectives on Mountain Top Removal: Origins, Techniques, and Impacts


ENVS/PHIL 273: Justice and the Environment

PHIL 216: Women, Animals, Nature


Food-Water-Life/Lucy+Jorge Orta Exhibition


The work of Lucy+Jorge Orta explores the major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among peoples. At the same time, this work embodies the philosophy that steers their pioneering art practice, ‘the ethics of aesthetics.’ As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Ortas’ works are, in a sense, relics of their own function—beguiling assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements that they created for their 2007 expedition to Antarctica and that are part of an effort to amend Article XIII of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The works in this exhibition are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic. It is in their ability to actually function, albeit, awkwardly and haltingly, that these objects gain power as works of art created to move us to awareness and action. 

For more information and essays, visit the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery exhibition website.


"Cutting across art, performance, architecture, and design, the arresting work of Lucy + Jorge Orta deals with fundamental human needs. Issues such as water, food, shelter, and mobility underscore their practice, rendered in their drawings, sculptures, performances, and large-scale installations, as well as in the workshops and conferences they have become known for. Rather than stand-alone projects, their works are often developed in series over a number of years, with various acts that build on one another, reinforcing their mission. Since creating Studio Orta, based in Paris, in 1992, their work has increasingly grown in ambition and scale while retaining a core mission to investigate, challenge, and stimulate dialogue and exchange about social and cultural issues that are rooted in and have come to define comteporary life."

-From Food-Water-Life/Lucy+Jorge Orta Introduction by Zoe Ryan.

TRASH DANCE Film Screening

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Allison Orr, choreographer and director of Forklift Danceworks, will screen the film TRASH DANCE at Wesleyan on February 6 at 5pm at the Powell Family Cinema at the Center for Film Studies. Filmed by Andrew Garrison, this documentary follows Orr as she joins city sanitation workers in Austin, Texas on their daily routes to listen, learn and ultimately to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance that included two dozen trash collectors and their trucks. Presented as part of the Creative Campus Initiative and Feet to the Fire: Earth & Justice for All.

Watch the trailer!

Presented by the Center for the Arts as part of the Creative Campus Initiative and Feet to the Fire: Earth & Justice for All with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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