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Tis the final days of 2019, a long, long year. So I'm going to keep it brief!

Sarah Meadows' AMPAMOMP was found! and is in stock online.

Funny Animals- January 9/10/11 2020- I will be leading a narrative building seminar on non-human animals in Lisbon, Portugal. This event is part of the Anthropocene Campus 2020 which will include a variety of presentations, talks, and workshops centered around our changing world.

It’s the end of 2019 and IFIAAR’s second year of official existence. In my mind and perhaps in reality I had less time to give to the project but I’m trying to remember that’s ok. It’s not about progress or achievement really and it can’t be about pushing myself to take on more than I can handle. It’s confusing though to try and remove that thinking when it’s so thoroughly reinforced in this country and in capitalism. IFIAAR doesn’t have to produce to validate its existence and I need to remember that.

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That being said, things happened in 2019! IFIAAR hosted the closing event at In Lieu gallery in Los Angeles of Suzy Zak and Nina Hartmann’s show. It consisted of a lecture by biologist and survivalist Duke Brady and a screening of Flatwing by Madeline Hollander about the chirpless crickets of Hawai’i. Over the summer, IFIAAR hosted two participatory events in NYC. In June, 22 people came out to Marine Park Salt Marsh for a wildlife drawing workshop led by me, Lala Albert, and Suki Sekula. We practiced styles of life drawing then divided up into groups to explore the marsh and try and capture some of the diverse birds and insects on paper. In July, the Cactus Store hosted IFIAAR to screen two episodes of Why Look at Animals, a contributor based video assemblage of phone footage of animals, in their outdoor garden. IFIAAR also released the first copy of the Non-human Observer which collects submissions of animal related materials, edited by Shawn Creeden and AMPAMOMP by Sarah Meadows, a small reader of appropriated gardening commentaries.

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So what’s to come? Well, first of all, my accountant just talked me into dissolving the business structure I first created for the project- an S-Corp. It seemed like an intriguing idea at the time but watching how IFIAAR has come to function, is far too complicated a tax system when I literally do like no business. I’m still curious about becoming a non-profit but again, the taxes get complicated and there’s so much one has to document and ‘prove’ and be focused on asking for money…nothing totally suits the ambiguous nature so I’m going to sit with being a sole proprietor business in California for now.

This week I’m teaching a three day workshop in Lisbon, Portugal on thinking about and building non-human characters, pulling from my personal work as an artist and the work I’ve been building up with IFIAAR. It’s part of a larger event called the Anthropocene Campus. If all goes well, there will be a lasting model that could come to the USA! Any interest? This year I’d really like to host some more events in Los Angeles and the Mojave. A big idea is a long weekend in Fall that could be a little summit situation- workshops, hikes, screenings in the desert…It’s a thought! But as much as I love the idea of events- coordination is NOT my strong suit. Meanwhile, expect the vegan cookbook edited by Nick Norman, The Non-human Observer #2, and special artist edition bookmarks in 2020.

Pet a cat, play with a dog, photograph a bird, draw a bug, point at a fish, and enjoy the New Year (despite crippling anxiety over the lack of global care and coordination on climate action and the coming US election)~!

Aidan & Chippy & Isabel


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