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EcoArtTech lecture launches WaterWays 2010 and Fluid Frontier initiatives

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For four years, EcoArtTech has been using art to bring ecological problems to the forefront of public awareness. Now, EcoArtTech is coming to the University of North Texas to spread its message with a lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 (Wednesday) in Room 125 of the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, located at the corner of Hickory Street and Avenue C.

EcoArtTech artists and founders Cary Peppermint and Leila Christine Nadir will lead a discussion about their works; how digital art can be used to get the public to rethink ideas about relationships between nature and technology; and how they combine fields of art, literature, philosophy, ecocriticism, computer science and ecology to create interactive ecoart.

Peppermint and Nadir will also discuss how examining digital art can raise awareness about environmental issues, how outdated technology can be recycled for new uses and how digital spaces and public domain space may require environmental protection.

The lecture will launch Fluid Frontier and WaterWays 2010 at UNT. Fluid Frontier is a year-long exploration of the environment as a personal, geographical and cultural experience. WaterWays 2010 is the third international biennial water conference at UNT, organized by the Philosophy of Water Project. The WaterWays conferences are a confluence of art, science, policy and philosophy to encourage interdisciplinary discussion about water. The theme of WaterWays 2010 is rivers and cultures, with a main focus on the Trinity River.

A major shared program is the hosting of visiting EcoArtTech artists who will be in residence at UNT's College of Visual Arts and Design. The artists will focus on the Trinity River Basin in North Texas. Fluid Frontier and WaterWays 2010 will conclude March 3 to 5, 2010 on the UNT campus with an exhibition and conference.

EcoArtTech was founded in 2005 as a collaborative platform for marking art that combines environmental concerns with digital technologies. EcoArtTech is a 2009 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Their recent works include Untitled Landscape #5, a digital environmental piece commissioned by the Whitney Museum of Art for its website, and Eclipse, an internet-based work commissioned by Turbulence of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.

The above text is based on a UNT News Service news release available on the web at http://web3.unt.edu/news/story.cfm?story=11637.