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

Cosmopolitical struggles for a pluriversal planet: Projects


Hope Ginsburg


Ginsburg's long-term projects are collaborative, cooperative, and participatory, seeking to build community around learning. For each new project, the artist spends time mastering skills such as beekeeping, vermiculture, scuba diving, wool felt-making, and natural dyeing through informal apprenticeships and skill sharing. Driven by curiosity, Ginsburg aims to challenge institutionalized pedagogy, traditional disciplinary boundaries, and hierarchies of expertise. Her 2014 project Breathing on Land, began when the artist was in residency in Captiva, Florida, working through the memory of a car accident and the healing process that followed, "in an environment where all is quiet, calm and neutrally buoyant (but where peril is potentially lurking a split-second away)"(Ginsburg.)* During this time, Ginsburg was inspired by a group of people meditating on the beach with scuba gear and, working backward from that image, turned her studio into a diving shop that accommodated herself and seven fellow resident artists.**

Breathing on Land uses group meditation with scuba equipment as a site for exploring healing both in the body and of its ecological surroundings. Ginsburg observed about the project that:


The image presents the absurdity of hyper-meditation and suggests a sinister, survivalist impulse in the face of environmental catastrophe. However the practice (of breathing on land with scuba) makes for a kind of assisted meditation. The mild, if not moderate, discomfort of the equipment (its weight, warmth, constraints) keeps the wearer in mind of [their] body. The amplification of each breath becomes a kind of involuntary meditation; it is hard not to 'show up' for each exhalation when an entire apparatus is calling attention to it.


According to the participants, the experience of a room full of people breathing in an amplified chorus created a highly unusual and immersive soundscape. Events of the Land Dive Team have since taken place in Zekreet, Qatar, in Richmond, Virginia, and in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania. During her 2015 solo land dive in a Dukan desert in Qatar, the project summoned the specter of a future ocean, as rising sea levels are clearly a threat in the Arabian Gulf region. In a period of divisiveness regarding the state of the Earth's environment, Breathing on Land focuses attention on the body, its context, and, implicitly, the health of our atmosphere.


Corrections:

*This description refers to the undersea environment where I imagined making an underwater video of the car accident, not the environment of the residency.

**I had an image in my mind of a group of people meditating on land with scuba gear, which prompted the realization of a group of divers meditating on the beach, the first iteration of Breathing on Land (2014).

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