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No Swimming: A Residency by Katherine Ball

Katherine Ball will take up residence on Indianapolis Island from Friday, August 12 to Sunday, September 25, 2011. Her six-week-long residency, titled No Swimming, will be centered around Ball’s ecological interventions with the 100 Acres lake. Before starting her residency, Katherine will construct mycofilters from burlap, straw, and mushroom mycelium, which will be placed in the lake in an attempt to lower E.coli levels in the water over time. Katherine will test the lake water frequently and document her findings on this blog.

Park visitors will have the opportunity to interact with Katherine and view her initiatives more closely through visits to Indianapolis Island. Visiting hours for the island will be posted online and in 100 Acres. Katherine will also organize weekly activities for the community, including workshops, yoga sessions, and bike excursions along White River.

Katherine’s artistic practice is founded on a hands-on approach to environmental activism and social engagement. In 2010, she filmed a documentary (to be released this winter) about small-scale, yet effective, solutions to climate change as she bicycled with a small group from Oregon to Washington, D.C., where they met with legislators and shared their findings.Afterward, Katherine traveled intermodally to Cancun, Mexico, to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference. From 2009–10 Katherine co-directed SEA Change Gallery in Portland, Oregon, which developed exhibitions and activities to encourage social and environmental justice. She is currently enrolled in Portland State University’s Art + Social Practice MFA program and recently participated in an exchange at the School of Walls and Space in Copenhagen.

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