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Opening: traces and technē - Provisional Island

  • High Tide Gallery 1850 North Hope Street - Apt. 14a Philadelphia, PA, 19122 United States (map)

A fermentation lab, a speakeasy, a lamentation: this project is a space to contemplate last

things—technē, symbiosis, art, life systems—amidst dramatic changes to the environment

and our world.

It asks what will remain of our civilization.

It raises a glass to time that stretches into the metaphysical.

Two special events will take place during the exhibition run on October 21:

Dinner by Mollie Goldstrom at 6:30 pm

Please RSVP to as space is limited.

Speakeasy at 9 pm

Open to the public.

Provisional Island's work seeks to create an archeology of the present, to examine and

disinter a way of life unraveling, a civilization falling apart. Through this exploration, they

hope to revive old technologies and forgotten stories, to find new ways of living together.

Eileen Shumate is a multidisciplinary artist exploring modes of community building and

social justice within a deteriorating natural landscape. She recently was a Resident at

Second State Press. She also supports self-taught artists as a Case Manager at the

Art/Works studios. She studied Art and Geography at the University of Iowa.

Heidi Ratanavanich is a visual artist and educator. Heidi’s work uses a range of media—particularly

sculpture, video and public/private events—to give form to inquiries into the politics

of place. Heidi is specifically interested in the intersection of food sovereignty, ecology and

economy and has taught at Rowan University, Moore College of Art and Design and Mural

Arts Philadelphia as an Artist-in-Resident. On most days Heidi works at Future and Sons,

building and repairing homes. Heidi’s work has recently been exhibited at 40th St AIR

Gallery, Asian Arts Initiative, and The Schuylkill Center.

Michael McCanne is a writer and visual artist. His writing and criticism has been published

by The New Inquiry, Fanzine, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, and Jacobin. He holds a

Masters degree from Goldsmiths University of London.

High Tide is an artist-run gallery and project space located in the Kensington neighborhood

of Philadelphia. Through formal exhibitions, performances, workshops and experimental

programming, High Tide seeks to maintain a critical dialogue between artists and our local

and global communities.

Earlier Event: September 30
Time Camp 001