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No Swimming: A Residency by Katherine Ball

By Kira Heuer

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Did you ever hear about the Indianapolis Island Residency? And did you know that artist Katherine Ball was there from August to September 2011 was there for six weeks, working on her residency ‘No Swimming’, which was centered around Ball’s ecological interventions with the 100 Acres lake. Ball constructed microfilters from burlap, straw, and mushroom mycelium, which were 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. Katherine’s work had always been founded on a hands-on approach to environmental activism and social engagement. In 2010, she filmed a documentary 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.

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