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Shivaji Competition

The great warrior king of 17th century India, Shivaji Maharaj, established the Maratha Empire against the dominant Mughals and held off the territorial ambitions of the Europeans. Part of his legacy is a group of island forts in the Arabian Sea with stonewalls ringing the edges against the sea and the Europeans. The Shivaji island forts are the starting metaphor and reality for responses to the invasion of the seawaters for the barrier islands and low elevation islands and deltas around the world.

With the predicted sea level rise of one meter, thousands of islands and deltas and millions of people around the world will be threatened with frequent saltwater floods from storms and king tides. Freshwater may disappear. Sewer and rainwater drainage will not function. Evacuation will intensify a refuge crisis and tensions in national borders. Most islands have a light human or agricultural intervention. Others like Miami Beach are dense urban places.

The competition asks artists, architects, designers, planners, scientists and writers to propose the practical and impossible to maintain the continued human habitation of these islands throughout the 21st century. The ideas should be demonstrated on an island or delta under high risk to bring worldwide attention to these threatened places and push the world to live up to Article 8 of the COP21 agreement signed in Paris.

Responses can be elaborate infrastructures for urban cities and DIY methods for agricultural islands by residents with very limit economic resources. (or vis-a-versa). Both parody and reality are welcome as long as the proposals help wake up politicians, engage the minds of a broad public and respect the people of the islands or deltas. Think like Shivaji. The old political structure has lost its ability to respond and the invasion of the little known outside forces from the sea pose a serious threat to your way of life.

Each entry will be submitted online as a GIF demonstrating a proposal when the sea rises at least one meter. The GIFs should be persuasive to an international audience. Humor, drama, paradox and factual reality in photographs, anime, renderings and all other visual formats are acceptable. Clarity of idea and message is very important.

A group of 15-25 finalists will be selected by most of the participating artists, architects and scientists from Rising Waters Confab 2015 & 2016. These finalists will become part of a traveling exhibition available to museums, global warming conferences and outdoor giant screens. One of the finalists will be selected to join Confab 2016 for one week in May 2016. All expenses will be paid to travel and to participate.

The competition is a project organized by Glenn Weiss as a contribution to the Rising Waters Confab 2016 dialogue. Weiss has curated and managed other competitions and exhibitions for the public art agencies in the USA including Times Square and for institutions such as the Storefront for Art and Architecture and PS1 in New York City.

Rising Waters Confab 2016 at Robert Rauschenberg Residency
The second annual Confab will be held for 4 weeks at the Robert Rauschenberg estate on the threatened island of Captiva in the Gulf of Mexico. In the 2016, Buster Simpson and Glenn Weiss are coordinating the residency and think tank to produce works and dialogues about rising seas and global warming. The 2016 list of artists, architects and scientists has yet to be released, but 2015 included David Buckland, Mel Chin, Xavier Cortada, Orion Cruz, Gretel Ehrlich, John Englander, Walter Hood, Lewis Hyde, Natalie Jeremijenko, Edward Morris, Helen Nagge, Jeremy Pickard, Andrea Polli, Thomas Ruppert, Susannah Sayler, Tom Van Lent, Glenn Weiss, June Wilson, Kristie Anders and organizers Buster Simpson, Laura Sindell and Anne Focke. The online catalog of projects from 2015 can be downloaded at https://risingwatersrr.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/risingwatersreportfinal.pdf



Competition Website:   https://Shivaji2016.com

Existing Engineering and Situations: https://www.pinterest.com/shivaji2016

Sample GIFs: https://www.pinterest.com/shivaji2016/sample-gifs/

Recommended GIF Maker:   http://ezgif.com/maker

Rising Waters Confab: https://risingwatersrr.files.wordpress.com


Rising Waters Confab II, April-May 2016

Rising Waters II will bring together the diverse perspectives of writers, artists, scientists, designers and other creative thinkers to address issues of climate change. Low-lying landmasses, such as Captiva Island, present a laboratory and a platform to address the first wave of rising waters worldwide and are the first to be affected by global weather disturbances. Captiva Island, resting at sea level, will serve as a “ground zero” threshold for discussions and actions on how we will address one of the most crucial issues of our time.

It is inevitable that climate change will require a phased adaptation proportionate to humanity’s ability to reduce consumption. The focus will be on the idea of graceful migration, sustainable in all forms: social, cultural and political. The approach will be open-ended, with participants engaging in collective discussions and collaborative projects, with time for personal investigations/work. Projects/actions could encompass interventions, research, agit props, performances, social engagements and creative solutions. In addition to the core residents, we will host visitors throughout the month to help inform the collaborative work, including engineers, activists and scientists.

The first Rising Waters Residency was held in the spring of 2015. Some of the concepts have served as catalysts for projects ongoing elsewhere, including ArtCOP21 in Paris. With Rising Waters II, the public outreach effort will continue. Artist Buster Simpson is the project curator for both Rising Waters I and II.

The emphasis of Rising Waters II is in concert with RRF’s focus on environmental conservation and stewardship, which stems from Robert Rauschenberg’s longstanding concern for the safekeeping of the environment and the notion of individual responsibility. The residency will embody Rauschenberg’s innovative edge and cross-disciplinary approach to artistic expression and belief that art can change the world.

Robert Rauschenberg’s home in Captiva, where he lived and worked for 40 years, was converted into a multidisciplinary artists’ community in 2012. The Rauschenberg Residency is committed to advancing new bodies of work, extending practices into new mediums, and serving as a research and development laboratory for performance-based projects. The 20-acre site is infused with an exceptional history, beauty and serenity that is both stimulating and regenerative. The Rauschenberg Residency serves over 70 artists and creative thinkers annually.