Catalogues and Exhibition Texts – click thumbnails to read

Sarah Howard

"Sponge Exchange, Hope Ginsburg" (exhibition text)

University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 2020

Denise Markonish
"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder" (excerpt from catalog essay)
MASS MoCA, 2016
pp. 50–51

Jennifer Lange
"Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy" (exhibition text)
THE BOX, Wexner Center for the Arts, 2016

Sarah Demeuse
"Weather Permitting" (catalog entry)
9th Mercosul Biennial, 2013
pp. 308–311

Regine Basha
"Hope Ginsburg" (catalog essay)
CUE Art Foundation, 2011
pp. 6–7

Emily Sessions
"Hope Ginsburg" (catalog essay)
CUE Art Foundation, 2011
pp. 21–25

Jennifer Kollar
"Factory Direct: New Haven" (catalog entry)
Artspace, 2005

Helen Molesworth
"Work Ethic" (catalog entry)
Baltimore Museum of Art, 2003
pp. 147–148

Larissa Harris
"Heart of Gold" (excerpt from catalog essay)
PS1, 2002
pp. 3–5

Omer Fast
"Fido Television" (excerpt from catalog essay)
Hunter College Times Square Art Gallery, 2000

Books – click thumbnails to read

Sarah Urist Green

"You Are An Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation"

Penguin Books, 2020

pp. 239–232

Corina L. Apostol and Nato Thompson, Editors

"Making Another World Possible: 10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects"

Routledge, 2020

pp. 277–278

Akiko Busch

"How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency"

Penguin Books, 2019

pp. 199–200

Articles and Reviews – click thumbnails to read

Antonia S. Krueger

"Art for a Warming World: Sponge Exchange and Flood Zone"

Creative Pinellas

February 19, 2020

Emma Colón
"5 Artists Bridging Communities Across Difference"
A Blade of Grass Magazine
March 28, 2019

Leila Ugincius
"Optimistic and Tragic: A Glimpse of Coral Restoration"
VCU News
March 26, 2019

Sydney Cologie and Brynne McGregor
"Wex Moments 2018: Film/Video Studio artist Hope Ginsburg" (Q&A)
Wexner Center for the Arts
December 26, 2018

Tim Dodson
"Performative Diving Piece Featured at Festival Honoring the James River"
Richmond Times-Dispatch
June 9, 2018

Karen Newton
"Deep Dive: Artist Hope Ginsburg Becomes One with the Sea"
Style Weekly, June 2018

Jessica Lynne
"From Climate Change to Race Relations, Artists Respond to Richmond, VA" (review)
Hyperallergic, 2015

Lauren O'Neill-Butler
"Hope Ginsburg CUE Art Foundation" (review)
Artforum, Summer 2011

Gary Robertson

"Art Students Find Inspiration in the Lab"

VCU News Center, 2010

T.J. Demos
"Work Ethic" (review)
Artforum, February 2004

Videos – click thumbnails to view

Land Dive Team: Amphibious James

Television Program is a Production of VPM

Producer/Director: Mason Mills

Producer/Field Director: Allison Benedict

September 22, 2019

Conjure a Studio – Hope Ginsburg
The Art Assignment
PBS Digital Studios, 2016

The Art of Pedagogy – Hope Ginsburg
Creative Time Summit
Biennale Arte, 2015

Art and Education in the 21st Century
Panelists: John Brown-Executive Director, Windgate Foundation; Tom Finkelpearl-Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Hope Ginsburg-Artist and Educator; Moderator: Geoffrey Cowan- President, The Annenberg Foundation Trust
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2014

Unknown Unknowns: An Inquiry into Wonder, the Rainbow, and the Aesthetics of Every Day Experiences​ (excerpt)


Hope Ginsburg’s work has always been relational and collaborative. Her Sponge HQ (2010–2015) was an interdisciplinary lab, workshop, classroom, and project space at Virginia Commonwealth University. At the Sponge, artists, beekeepers, felt makers, musicians, marine biologists, and students came together and practices models of collectivity.[58] In 2013, while in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Ginsburg was scuba diving [59] and had a moment of feeling in sync with the seascape around her, which reminded her of a similar state achieved through meditation; she also realized that the respirator made her feel more aware of and connected to her own breathing. Then, in 2014, when Ginsburg was at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, she realized she wanted to bring together these notions of healing, diving, breathing, and meditation, but this time on land. Ginsburg assembled a “Land Dive” team of fellow residents, all in full scuba gear, meditating on dry land, concentrating on every breath. Ginsburg describes this collective action as follows: “The mild, if not moderate discomfort of the equipment (its weight, warmth, constraints) keep the wearer in mind of his or her physical presence, and the experience of a group of people breathing in chorus is an unusual and amplified soundscape.” [60] Conscious of choosing sites where water is or may be an issue, Ginsburg assembled a dive team at the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada, a 170-mile Atlantic coastal bay and home to the highest vertical tidal range in the world, ranging from 47.5 to 53.5 feet, or approximately 160 billion tons of water a day. There is a sublime majesty to the force, amount, and speed of the water in this region. For Ginsburg, the challenge was not just breathing on land, but breathing and meditating as the water came in and took over the team. The resulting video features four divers sitting in the lotus position on the rocky shore; their rhythmic breathing lulls us as it is modulated through their respirators, making the sound more akin to hearing our own breathing echoing in our heads. The water starts to come in and, before we know it, the dive team is being submerged, and the breathing becomes the gurgling sound of water. There is a fierce determination–or is it a radical calm and oneness with the body?–evident in each diver’s eyes. Finally, they disappear under the water. But we still see the bubbles of their breath rising to the surface, reminding us to breathe along with them and to be mindful of the wonders of nature that our bodies, minds, and eyes breathe in.


[58] Ginsburg’s project is based on the idea that the sea sponge is generative. If you place a sea sponge in a blender, all the pieces would form into new sponges. With this analogy, all collaborators are equal yet interconnected.


[59] It is important to note that scuba diving was the first real physical activity Ginsburg engaged in after a car accident, so for her the link between scuba and healing is very holistic.


[60] connexionarc.org/2015/10/23/breathing-on-land-a-conversation-with-hope-ginsburg

Denise Markonish
"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder" (excerpt from catalog essay)
MASS MoCA, 2016
pp. 50–51