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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.