Illinois Arts Council Agency
Recipient of 2023 Artists Fellowship
Media Arts, finalist
21c Chicago site specific video installation, Holding Rhythm, on view through Oct. 2023
Panelist: Art and Animals / Living With Animals Conference
Eastern Kentucky University hosts the fifth biennial “Living with Animals” conference March 9-11, 2023
The theme, Habitat and Home, reflects our dual concerns that accompany the ongoing dev- astation of landscapes across the globe: first, that these landscapes are homes and habitats shared by humans and nonhumans alike; and second, that this crisis shared among species calls for an attempt to forge a connection be- tween the emotional appeal of “home” with the scientific language of “habitat.” In addition, so many of us have animals (wanted and unwanted) in our homes that the human home has become their habitat, or at least a significant part of it.
Linnea Ryshke, Lee Deigaard and Colleen Plumb
Panelists, on the theme: Belongings
Joan flasch artists’ Book collection
Thirty Times a Minute was acquired by the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. The collection brings together over twelve thousand artists’ publications in all formats and media including: books, zines, multiples, video, and audio recordings, digital works, periodicals, and other unique works of art created by artists of local, national, and international significance. Focusing on materials published from the 1960s to the present, it is complemented by collections of reference works and exhibition catalogues to support in-depth research on artists’ publishing.
Holding Rhythm, at 21c Chicago
Holding Rhythm (12:22 min, color video, loop, sound)
Video projection is viewable dusk-midnight from the interior-facing windows of 21c Chicago. Holding Rhythm is a new experimental video that weaves together vast landscapes with captive animals. It looks at the contradiction of keeping wild animals in captivity, raises questions about what it means to participate as a spectator, and acknowledges nature’s capacity to calm or soothe. How can paying attention to forces and rhythms of our natural world be a guide toward symbiosis, and contribute to pathways toward remedy?
Join me and 21c Museum Manager, Juli Lowe, for a private viewing of the projection February 26, 2023. More viewings announced monthly.
Orion Magazine: Invisible Visible
A collaborative work featured in Orion Magazine acknowledging the many hidden lives involved in factory farming. Plaster cast sculptures, installation, photographs, and video by Colleen Plumb with writings by Katherine Kassouf Cummings.
Nonhuman Rights Project
Natural Transcendence at Oolite Arts, Miami
June 16 - November 7, 2021
Curated by Rhonda Mitrani
928 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL
ecoartpace exhibition and book: Embodied Forest
ecoartspace, Patricia Watts, Founder
To understand our place within nature as part of the whole is an eminently social and existential matter. The environmental crisis and the frequency of natural disasters we have experienced last decades, indicates the urgency for a different logic of conceiving, interacting and projecting the natural world. The artistic community and its ability to expand the social mind have an essential role in creating a new value system concerning the environment, which breaks through modern anthropocentrism and the antagonism between nature and culture.
Coexisting, interacting and exchanging energy with other organisms and natural phenomena is the basis for developing the artistic works presented in Embodied Forest. From the sensitive to the rational, these works contain an effervescence of processes, poetic materials and techniques that reframe Forest in a set of plural languages. These cultural processes unfold nature by using knowledge and poetic freedom to help understand ecology in the Anthropocene and generate new sensibilities to an ethical relation to nature.
curated by Lilian Fraiji
Thirty Times a Minute / News:
”This publication of Colleen Plumb’s profoundly moving artistic investigation of elephants in captivity is both gorgeous and heartbreaking. Plumb has been making videos of caged elephants rhythmically swaying, roughly in time with their heart rate, which gives the book its title. The creatures are exhibiting what is called ‘stereotypical behavior’—a consequence of being forced to suppress their natural instinct to roam over fifty miles a day. To raise awareness of the elephants’ plight, Plumb travels the country projecting her videos on urban streetscapes. She doesn’t announce the time or location of the screenings but readily engages any interested passersby in conversation about the elephants. The outsized scale of her projections belies the modesty of her approach but is matched elegantly in the publication. The thick volume includes transparent overlays, a folded insert, sumptuous reproductions, and a wide range of essays that consider her work from a wide range of scientific and cultural perspectives. It’s a monumental achievement to which I find myself returning often during my pandemic-induced confinement.”
—Lisa Hostetler, PhD, Curator in Charge, Dept. of Photography, George Eastman Museum
NPR Interview Live, on Wednesday, December 5, 9:10 am CST on show: "Talking Animals with Duncan Strauss"
EcoLit Books: Best Environmental Books We've Read in 2020
Colleen Plumb’s Thirty Times a Minute is a book that speaks to our hearts through the power of images. The volume offers reader/viewers an immersive experience featuring photographs from Plumb’s projections of captive elephants around the world and essays reflecting on the life of captive elephants by Linda Hogan, Hope Ferdowsian, Joyce Poole & Peter Granli, Steven M. Wise, and others. Gorgeous, provocative, unique, and thoughtful, the images and elephants in this book yield new insights with each opening. —John Yunker
Conversation with Nonhuman Rights Project Director of Government Relations, Courtney Fern, about a vision of a world where all elephants live freely and how both art and legal advocacy can help change a status quo that unjustly sees elephants as “things” with no rights.
September 22, 2020
Photography + ________ Collabortions at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
Invisible Visible, a collaborative work acknowledging the many hidden lives involved in factory farming, by Katherine Kassouf Cummings and Colleen Plumb. A multi-disciplinary project including sculpture and video installation, photography, and writings, created as an act of acknowledgement for the many lives involved in factory farming: the chickens and the workers, together subjected to the suffering created by our industrial food system.
1637 W. Chicago Avenue
July 10-Sept. 4, 2020