Aviva RahmaniArtistat Colorado University
Aviva Rahmani is an Affiliate with the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB). She gained her PhD from the University of Plymouth, UK. In 2015. In the sixties, she founded and directed the American Ritual Theatre (1968 - 1971) performing throughout California. Her undergraduate work was at The Cooper Union and New York University. She received her BFA and MFA at the California Institute of the Arts, where she double majored in electronic media and electronic music, holding teaching assistantships with Allan Kaprow and Morton Sobotnick. Rahmani has been exhibited and published internationally and has produced over thirty, hour long raw Gulf to Gulf webcast sessions viewed online from over eighty-five countries. “Trigger Points/ Tipping Points,” a precursor to Gulf to Gulf, premiered at the 2007 Venice Biennale. In 2009, she participated as a formal observer for UCB at the United Nations IPCC conference on climate change.
Rahmani is currently in residence on Governors Island with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, to expand her work, Blued Trees (2015- present) which challenges globalized ecocide by legally contesting fossil fuel expansions. That project has received numerous grants and fellowships and been shown internationally. In 2018, A Blade of Grass produced a mock trial to test the legal premises in the project and gained an injunction. Previous ecological art projects resulted in restoring a former dump site to flourishing wetlands systems, Ghost Nets 1990- 2000 (www.ghostnets.com) and helped catalyze a USDA expenditure of $500,000. in 2012 to restore 26 acres of critical wetlands habitat (Blue Rocks) in the Gulf of Maine.