culture / nature / structure

Meghan Moe Beitiks
writing

The Artist as Facilitator: being present with & loving the unknown (2019)

I’ve had the honor to have my essay “The Artist as Facilitator” published in a recent issue of Performance Philosophy. It went through an extensive editing process with Kelina Gotman, Theron Schmidt, Christine Shallenberg and Fereshteh Toosi, as part of a 3-year existential gestation process. Please check it out for reflections on facilitation, presence and nonhuman relationships.

An Apology to NATO ISAF Commander General John Allen (2012)

The NATO summit in Chicago is happening right now. Back in February, NATO ISAF Commander General John Allen apologized for the ignorant actions of his coalition soldiers. So I apologize for my own ignorance. And emailed this video to the ISAF.

A + E Conference at the Nevada Museum of Art

   This weekend, William Fox described artists as having an arc of inquiry that is equal and parallel to scientists. He did this at the A + E Conference at the Nevada Museum of Art. I know because I was there.

The Center for the Art and Environment has been building steadily since its initial conference in 2008. I wanted to go so badly back then: couldn’t make it happen. Now spent the weekend standing in the same room as eco-art behemoths.

The concept of an institution for art and environment is incredibly unique. Partly because eco-art by its very nature is difficult to archive and exhibit. Partly because there’s no precedent. And partly because, well, most of the eco-art dialogue in recent years has been happening on blogs and websites, nimbler programs with little or no funding-slash-facilities.

So it’s both weird and wonderful to encounter 3 floors of a building exclusively designed for eco-art. It’s dizzying to realize that while I’m very familiar with the work of Fritz Haeg, The Harrisons and Chris Jordan, before this weekend I’d never actually seen them in person. It’s especially weird to do all this in Reno, with the lights and the gambling and whatnot.

Back to Chicago tomorrow. Everything is old and new at once.

Considering Sustainable Design @ PQ 2011

Every four years theater artists of all kinds gather in the Czech Republic for the Prague Quadrennial. Countries set up pavilions to display the best of their professional and graduate-level stage design. The city is swarmed with performances, lectures, panels and demonstrations. When I first went in 2003, site-specific performance was highlighted as a fascinating trend in scenography. Since then, the Quadrennial has expanded from a stage-design conference to a dialogue on all things performance and space. Site-specific projects are more the rule, less the exception. I’m here until June 27th, nerding out with the folks from the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. We’ll be participating in a Roundtable Discussion– Considering Sustainable Design— on June 21st. Check sustainablepractice.org for further updates. Until then, I’m loving me some cobblestones.

p.s. : the Latvian pavilions are kicking butt, as usual.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People conference.

I love conferences. I love them when they’re full of moving lights and impossible ideas, and I love them when most of the attendants are barefoot and eating quinoa. The “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” conference was neither of these things. It was full of very smart folks very interested in making change– who were also in an excellent position to do so. Which means I was in a dizzied cloud of endorphins for most of it. Or maybe it was the free coffee (which came in silicone-and-ceramic-fake-paper-coffee cups! Yeah, those things! I was excited, too).

These folks did not let me hide in the blogger background. I was forced into breakout groups and brainstorming sessions, coaxed into collaboration with big players in public space and health. I’ll be posting about the experience on sustainablepractice.org and maybe inhabitat.com, but for now, let me just say how refreshing it is to watch government officials, corporate VPs, and non-profit directors draw mind-maps and talk about healthy communities. One director even took her shoes off.

COP 16 Coverage from Cancun, Mexico

I’ll be in Cancun from November 26- December 5th covering the cultural aspect of the COP16 talks for inhabitat.com, and, time permitting, Culturebot. Here’s a feed of my posts. Here’s Inhabitat’s flickr page. Pardon me while I disappear for long bit.

I’ve started writing for Culturebot.

I’ve been following Culturebot for awhile now, so when they put out a call for “non-NYC” writers, I submitted myself, droolingly. They cover some of the most exciting and relevant art happenings, and they do it with depth and craft. Here’s my first piece for them. There will be more as time and opportunity allow. My culture-nerd culture always needs feeding.

“Good Fix” at Green Stage Scratch Night

I’ve been working on a play called “Good Fix.” It’s about do-gooding and righteous highs. An excerpt of it is going to be read on “Green Stage Scratch Night,” Nov. 28th at 7:30 at the Rosemary Branch in Islington, in the UK. Green Stage is all about creating original environmental work. Imma see about begging someone to tape the reading for me. Just as soon as I send them the full script.