Pumping screens at 3 film festivals in India in December

A big (and belated) thank you to the Pune Short Film Festival (Kothrud Pune, India), the IMA International Film Festival (Thrissur, India), and the Kanyakumari International Film Festival (Kanyakumari, India) for screening the movie, Pumping, in December.

Two Upcoming Exhibitions of The Sharing Project

I am super excited about two upcoming exhibitions of The Sharing Project. The installation will premiere at The Adamski Gallery For Contemporary Art in Berlin on April 2, and the show will run through April 29 (including Sundays). It will then be presented at The University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach (Long Beach, California) from June 13 – July 19.

“Private Property And Inequity” in The Huffington Post

In honor of the upcoming Moral March in Raleigh on February 14, here’s a piece from The Sharing Project​ about private property and inequity. It’s in The Huffington Post in the politics section.

“How Do We Figure Out How Much To Share?” in The Huffington Post

Here’s a piece I wrote for The Sharing Project that brings up some of the philosophical issues in play when figuring out how much to share. It’s in The Huffington Post in the “Impact” section.

“To What Extent Are We Teaching Our Kids To Share?” in The Huffington Post

I hope you enjoy this piece I wrote for The Sharing Project. It contemplates the extent that we’re teaching our kids to share and looks at some ways that we may be teaching the opposite. Check it out in The Huffington Post (in the parents section).

“We Share More When We Feel Interconnected” in the Huffington Post

I hope you enjoy reading this piece I wrote for The Sharing Project, called “We Share More When We Feel Interconnected.” It explores some of the psychological forces at play in relationship to sharing and altruism. It’s in the “healthy living” section of The Huffington Post.

Sharing Project Preview Event In Berlin November 19

I’m really looking forward to this upcoming event at the Adamski Gallery in Berlin.

Details and info below:

We would like to invite you for a talk with Joel Tauber and Astrid Mania at the gallery on Wednesday November 19th at 7:30 pm.

Joel will present a sneak peek of his recent works and present a preview of The Sharing Project, his latest installation that is going to be finished and presented in the gallery in Berlin in spring 2015 before traveling to LA.

The Sharing Project poses questions about whether we share enough in our capitalist world. It focuses on the seemingly simple task of Tauber teaching his young son Zeke to share. As Zeke and Joel struggle to understand what sharing means and how much they should share, experts in philosophy, evolutionary biology, psychology, history, anthropology, economics, politics, and education offer their thoughts, creating more complexity and questions. In pursuit of answers, Tauber turns to the forgotten Socialist Jewish commune of Happyville (1905-1908) in South Carolina, hoping that some of the mysteries of sharing are buried in the traces of the utopian community.

Tauber’s practice has led him through a series of rigorous personal investigations about mysticism, ethics, and the environment. These research projects are presented as installations and films that are designed to raise questions and offer cultural critiques in non-didactic ways. Tauber spent two years trying to achieve enlightenment outside the confines of organized religion by inserting himself into holes in the ground. He spent another two years researching flight as a metaphysical tool and applying that research to his own pursuit of flight, flying 150 feet into the air for an hour and a half in a bagpipe-and-balloon-powered flying machine that he had constructed. He spent the next couple of years exploring the ocean while scuba diving and translating his movements into music before he spent the following five years protecting and celebrating a forlorn and lonely sycamore tree that was stuck in a giant parking lot in Pasadena. His last project – Pumping – is a meditation on the birth of Los Angeles and how the Southern Pacific Railroad commandeered the City and exploited the oil and water resources in the region.

Joel Tauber was born in Boston in 1972. He studied at Yale University and Art Center College of Design. He currently lives and works in North Carolina.

Astrid Mania is an art critic based in Berlin.

Adamski / Berlin, Strausberger Platz 3 / 10243 Berlin

Sick Amour and Pumping screening in Transition Town Totnes Film Festival

The movie versions of Sick-Amour and Pumping will be screening in the Transition Town Totnes Film Festival on Sunday November 16th at 6 pm in the Civic Hall (on High Street) in Totnes, England. Afterwards, I will be talking about Sick-Amour, Pumping, and The Sharing Project.

Three Screenings In Sandwell England On October 25

The movie versions of Pumping and Sick-Amour will be screening in the UK Man and Biosphere Committee Urban Forum’s event, “Spirituality, Culture, Myth, Art, and Nature.” The event will be held at the Balaji Temple Conference Centre in Sandwell, England on October 25 and 26.

Sick-Amour will screen on October 25th at 3:30 pm in the Main Hall at the Temple.

Pumping will screen twice, first at 3:52 pm and then at 4:50 pm, on October 25th in the Upper Film Room Conference Centre at the Temple.

Here’s the link for more info about the event.