Mary Mattingly, whose artistic practice addresses nomadic themes with current and future global environmental and political conditions, is in the Philippines on a fellowship through smARTpower. Mattingly's Artist Talk will expound on her general practice and interests as an art practitioner. This will take place at 3:00pm on Saturday, 29 September in 98B Art Collaboratory, First United Building, 413 Escolta Street, Manila. Mattingly’s work addresses nomadic themes within current and future global environmental and political conditions, focusing on the interdependence of communities facing challenging political and climatic conditions. She has been exhibiting since 2000, and is the recipient of several awards. During the summer of 2009, she led a group of artists, builders, civic activists, scientists, and marine engineers in the creation of the Waterpod Project, a mobile, sculptural, autonomous habitat and public space built on a 3,000-square-foot barge. The Waterpod Project was designed to be an experimental platform for assessing the efficacy of onboard living systems, as well as to provide a public space for conversation and questioning the status quo concerning energy, water, food, and shelter. Over 200,000 people visited the Waterpod and participated in programs ranging from tours to classes, tutorials, music, and meet-ups.
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