The Delivery Project is part of The Crow & The Wolf Project in which we distribute mason jars around the country charged with the soil of previous Crow & Wolf interactive installation exhibitions (SF & Oakland). Some have already been planted in, some have seeds, some are blank canvases. The first batch has been distributed in Oregon.
This side project will act as an invitation to people all over the country to become a part of the installation and research project we will be conducting in The Crow & The Wolf Project. YOU, the finder of the jar, are in control of the interaction and its continuation.
If you find a jar or receive one from a friend, there are 3 simple instructions:
1. Nurture it (Bury something in the jar!, plant in it, take it to parties, eat dinner with it, introduce it to your friends and family, etc). Be creative! These jars will become traveling time capsules of sorts. We anticipate the soil from one state traveling to the other side of the countryand the traveling of your nurturing energy to one person to the next.
2. Take a photo of the jar/you with the jar and include the tracking number on the tag (see photo below) in the e-mail and send it to us at email@example.com. There will be a blog entry for each tracking number. Therefore you can watch where the jar is traveling via our blog.
3. Pass the jar on (leave it in the park, mail it to someone you know or don't know, gift it to a friend)
By staying in touch with us you will be able to see where the jar travels and future recipients. You have total creative control, so have fun, make it yours while you have the jar and pass it on :)
From New Mexico to California to Oregon.... The Crow and The Wolf have evolved with our movement and activities in the places we have spent our developmental time. So for new friends and followers here is the revised mission:
ART + SCIENCE + ACTION = Social Sustainability
The Crow & The Wolf Project is a nationwide installation and research project that will travel for two years with the acquisition of an eco-friendly vehicle to work and collaborate with communities around the United States.
Our focus is social sustainability and the education of a balance between environmental sustainability with psychological and emotional (human) sustainability. In order to have one, we must have the other. We hypothesize that our tool (an art making and installation platform combining expressive therapy and bilateral stimulation) will be a successful way for us to revisit our natural creative and expressive language as humans in order to collaborate on sustainable solutions as a nation.
Through the project we intend to:
a. reconnect communities and individuals with the natural way of communicating; art-making. Over time we have lost touch with our expressive intuition (technology, art education budget cuts, etc). It is of great importance to bring back the creative influence to communities around the US.
b. share solutions and learn more about preexisting initiatives within communities around our country who are forward thinkers, eager to communicate their group's/community's sustainable practices. We feel very strongly that there is someone or a group of individuals in EVERY community who feels passionate about sustainable options but may have trouble communicating their alternative concepts to their neighbors.
c. collaborate with groups and individuals in the use of our interactive platform to assist in their communication. Our proposed platform is an experimental concept combing expressive art therapy techniques and bilateral stimulation.
Expressive therapy: the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, dream-work, and visual arts in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development and healing. It is about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for creative expression of our individual and collective human experience in artistic form. Expressive arts therapy is also about experiencing the natural capacity of creative expression and creative community for healing.
Bilateral Stimulation: immersing the senses to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain in order to activate and integrate information.
d. document the human and community responses to our installations and interactions in both an academic, physical and creative manner. Throughout the two years of our field study we will document the positive and negative human reactions to our concept in order to determine if our hypothesis that the creative and art therapy influence on communication of sustainability has the strong and positive affect we anticipate. Artistically and physically, the communities we engage with will assist in a tangible final product, a book. Each location visited will have its own page on our website that can be shared with others and revisited by everyone involved.
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans, it is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which in turn depends on the well being of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.
a'ka'sha, v. the self-caused, undifferentiated substance from which all extended and non-extended substances derive. Not limited to space; comprised of infinite dimensions and corresponding possibilities of movement, both material and spiritual. the fount of energy and potential that gives rise to and nourishes the five elements; Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit.
Spir*a'ka'sha, v. to breathe, everything. n. 1. an invitation to participate in a story within a story and infinitude. 2. an interactive and sensory stimulating environment, situated around the five elements and the various traditions surrounding each. 3. an investigation of these traditions with the intention of creating a new story. 4. an exhibition by the Crow and The Wolf, missionaries of alternative thinking.
We are The Crow and The Wolf, an artist duo dedicated to furthering human sustainability by reconnecting society with it’s primal form of communication, art-making. We are committed to the evolution of our own medium, transforming it into one that combines installation art, expressive therapy, civic involvement, and anthropology. Our passion for social reform coupled with our belief that art is a powerful tool for communicating and maintaining mental health, inspired us to launch the The Crow and The Wolf Project.