Monthly Archives: November 2010

Passive Houses Could Make Energy Efficiency Cool

Lately, I’ve been writing (and talking) a lot about the energy-efficient “Passive House” construction system. Here’s a link to my latest E Magazine cover story on the fledgling boom in these low-energy homes that take a mere fraction of the electricity the average household requires to heat, cool and keep the lights on. If you’d rather hear than read all about it, check out my interview today with Kathleen Dunn of Wisconsin Public Radio.


Art + Corporate Sponsorship II

Yesterday I wrote about the trouble with relying on corporate sponsors — be it to produce artwork or carry out environmental work. Here’s a link to a 2 minute video of the video installation, “Present Interval / Intervalo del Tiempo” that I discuss in that earlier post.

The Trouble with Corporate Sponsorship

Having chronicled the corrupting influence of corporate donations to environmental groups, I found myself in uncomfortable territory last weekend while helping my husband, videoartist Alberto Roblest, produce “Present Interval / Intervalo del Tiempo,” a temporary public art installation that, for two nights, took over an alleyway in Washington D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Even before the trouble began, I was feeling a little queasy about Alberto’s deal with Best Buy. The electronics retail chain had agreed to loan him video projectors in exchange for sponsorship bragging rights.

Read the rest of this entry