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Danny Lyon’s Burn Zone

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ARID Journal is pleased to announce Danny Lyon’s Burn Zone. Published just before the upheaval of the 2016 presidential election, Burn Zone is Lyon’s highly personal and reflective treatise ruminating on human-induced climate change within New Mexico’s Rio Grand Valle. Burn Zone is illustrated with new photographs and includes a list of fifty climate criminals, prepared by the climate activist and Conceivable Future co-founder Josephine Ferorelli. Bleak Beauty offers the entire contents of Burn Zone free to anyone who wishes to read …

ARID takes a break from publishing during 2016

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The editors at ARID Journal are so busy right now with their own projects and teaching that we regret that we will not publish our annual online issue during 2016. Please check back with us in early spring 2017 for submission guidelines.

Watch the trailer for PAYA—a film by ARID contributor Jenna Cavelle

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PAYA documents the history of Paiute Native Americans who constructed and managed 60-miles of intricate irrigation systems in Owens Valley for millennia long before LA secured its largest source of water through modern engineering a century ago. After the Indian War of 1863, surviving Paiute returned to the Valley from the Eastern Sierra and White Mountains to find their ancient waterworks taken over by white settlers. Today, 150-years later, the Paiute continue the fight to save their waterworks, which are …

ARID 2015 is now available!

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This 2015 issue marks another milestone in our quest to make ARID a sustainable not-for-profit publication. Climate change continues to drive many of the projects and writings featured in this year’s ARID, and we have found our contributors expressing a greater urgency around this global issue. The research represented illustrates that the scale of climate change requires practitioners from every discipline to bring their expertise and methodologies to the problem. We need everyone: artists, designers, scientists, the problem is just …

Fall 2015 Editor’s Statement

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This 2015 issue marks another milestone in our quest to make ARID a sustainable publication. Thanks to the hard work of co-editor Kim Stringfellow, ARID has become part of the Emerge Program of the Pasadena Arts Council. Emerge provides the fiscal sponsorship that ARID has sorely needed, and much more. An incubator for art and design projects, Emerge offers financial management, marketing and fundraising support. Although the Emerge partnership is very new, Robert Crouch at PAC has already become a …

Fall 2013 Editor’s Statement

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This issue of ARID is inspired and supported by the Metabolic Studio, led by Los Angeles artist Lauren Bon. In November 2012, the Metabolic Studio launched a process designed to nurture public debate about our relationship to water, land, energy, and neighbors.  In anticipation of the November 2013 centenary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Studio engaged a wide constellation of organizations and institutions, charging each to critically reevaluate one hundred years of LA’s hydraulic history and to creatively reimagine …

American River Archive | Edward Morris & Susannah Sayler

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Artists Edward Morris & Susannah Sayler create a speculative history of California’s vast waterworks.

Laying Claim | Scott Polach

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Artist Scott Polach draws upon the history of pluviculture in a series works examining water issues in California.

The Sublime Is Then and Now | Arcy Douglass

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Writer Arcy Douglass reflects on Double Negative and other seminal Land Art works.

Prayer Changes Things: Desert Faith in Trona, CA | Christopher Langley & Osceola Refetoff

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Writer Christopher Langley ruminates on how faith transforms a desolate Mojave Desert town with photography by Osceola Refetoff.

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