"Sponge Exchange, Hope Ginsburg" (exhibition text)
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 2020
"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder" (excerpt from catalog essay)
MASS MoCA, 2016
"Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy" (exhibition text)
THE BOX, Wexner Center for the Arts, 2016
Corina L. Apostol and Nato Thompson, Editors
"Making Another World Possible: 10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects"
Antonia S. Krueger
"Art for a Warming World: Sponge Exchange and Flood Zone"
February 19, 2020
"5 Artists Bridging Communities Across Difference"
A Blade of Grass Magazine
March 28, 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
"Performative Diving Piece Featured at Festival Honoring the James River"
June 9, 2018
"From Climate Change to Race Relations, Artists Respond to Richmond, VA" (review)
Land Dive Team: Amphibious James
Television Program is a Production of VPM
Producer/Director: Mason Mills
Producer/Field Director: Allison Benedict
September 22, 2019
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
All sponge cells are germ-line cells–all potentially immortal. They have several different cell types, but they are deployed in development in a different way from most multicellular animals. Eumetazoan embryos form cell layers that fold and invaginate in complicated ‘origami’ ways to build the body. Sponges don’t have that kind of embryology. Instead they self-assemble–each of their toti-potent cells has an affinity for hooking up to other cells, as though they were autonomous protozoa with sociable tendencies.
–Richard Dawkins, “The Sponge’s Tale” in The Ancestor’s Tale (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004). pp. 486–87.
Continuing her long-term research into sponges and the production of prototypes through the organization of felting and dyeing workshops, Hope Ginsburg has focused on two freshwater sponge species native to Rio Grande do Sul: the Oncosclera jewelli and the Drulia brownii.
In Agua doce [Freshwater], Ginsburg will present two tanks, each of which features representations of a singular sponge type. Color, texture as well as display architecture are crucial elements for Ginsburg. In the installation she wants not only to mimic and underscore the sponge’s natural appearance, but she has also developed a design for the tanks to be observed from above that alludes to traditional Japanese transparent screens. [Title and installation of work shifted slightly after catalogue text was written.]
The sponges represented at the Usina do Gasometro are produced through a manual felting and dyeing process in which local wool and dyes are used. As in other projects developed under the name of Sponge HQ, Ginsburg opens these preparatory processes into a workshop format for local artists and her own students from VCU in Richmond, USA. The presentation at the Usina do Gasometro, then, is a product of multiple cooperations–between sponge expert Cecilia Volkmer-Ribeiro and the artist, as well as between the Sponge HQ and local artists. For the artist, the sponge’s “sociable tendencies” stand as analogy for the type of social collaborations her projects aim to catalyze.
"Weather Permitting" (catalog entry)
9th Mercosul Biennial, 2013