2002-2003 ICE Project Grant
Kate Ross
MFA Candidate
Lamar Dodd School of Art

A collaborative arts project between artists and community members that explores local ecology and the impact of urban sprawl.

eco-log was developed through community workshops and culminated in a series of May performances at the Canopy Studio Movement Arts Center in Athens. Catherine Ross (M.F.A. candidate, Printmaking) was the Artistic Coordinator and Producer. This ambitious and intensely collaborative project synthesized aerial performance (trapeze), dance, spoken word poetry, projected digital video, sound, installation and fiber arts. Sculptural forms and instruments were created from non-recyclable materials during the workshops, which reinforced the non-hierarchical, participatory methodology of the project. In addition to UGA students and volunteers from the Athens community, the performances featured the Gemini Twins, a professional aerial arts team formerly of the Cirque du Soleil and the reading of an original poem contributed by Scottish author John Wallace. Eco-log was supported in part by a project grant from ICE and received additional support from R.E.M., the Canopy Studio Movement Arts Center and the Lyndon House Arts Center.

Kate Ross and Topher Dagg

Photography by Tish Payton