Jane Tsong is an artist whose performative works in and about public spaces explore the interleaving of urban life with nature, past, present, and future, and collaborative aspects of city making. Her artmaking investigates and provokes, inviting alternative futures by asking "what if...?"
Her permanent public artwork for the City of Seattle "no beginning no end/circle the earth/blessed water/blood of life, air help us bless with each breath all creatures of land, sea and air..." bestows blessings on the air, water, and biosolids treated by the Brightwater wastewater treatment plant before being released back into the environment.
Sometimes she contributes to LA Creek Freak.
M. L. A. Cal Poly Pomona, M. F. A. UCLA, B. A. Yale.
Live streaming of live streams underneath the city of LA during September 2023. Schedule of events to be announced at underflowla.net
Come to our panel discussion Saturday Sept 2, 2023, 3pm at Shatto Gallery
I am quoted on freedom and the space of the LA River on SBS America News in their coverage of Our River at Shatto Gallery
Our river water is a living archive of our urban lives, and is never the same twice.
I'll be contributing some sounds from beneath the city at this show organized by Shatto Gallery
Man lives between Heaven and Earth suddenly like a guest travelling from afar
I am interviewed alongside many of my favorite people by Denise Hamilton in Alta Journal and Alta Live
The Comfy City Chairs illustrate the concept of being awesome in Nick Riggles' On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck
From My Liveable City: When Art Re-envisions the City-- How art, activism, and planning have intereacted in the cultural cosmos of Los Angeles
Thank you to Christopher Nyerges for this article about my research into the streams of Northeast Los Angeles
Giving thanks to the four directions is appropriate even as we stand in the middle of a parking lot, as part of NELA Stories Walk on Figueroa Blvd in Highland Park with Maryam Hosseinzadeh and Soraya Em
From My Liveable City: Tending the wilderness within-- how plants of the various land use typologies of Los Angeles can suggest strategies for designing more sustainable cities
Exploring useful and edible plants of typical Los Angeles area land use types at "Science and the Senses," Harvey Mudd College's 2017 Hixon Forum with Christopher Nyerges
Being open to change: Talking about urban landscapes at Dig This! at Moonwater Farm in Compton, a fundraiser for the Ron Finley Project
Intimate, fiery, vernacular, imported, activist, art, compassionate, conflicted, frustrated, inspired,... So many configurations of dialogue at Chats about Change, a taste of which are sampled in this video by Emily Lacy
Jared Green describes the Brightwater landscape, and ends with a mention of No beginning no end... in this Huffington Post article: Brightwater: A Model of 21st Century Infrastructure
Look for No beginning no end... at the beginning and end of Make the world your studio, a video by 4Culture
Changing the Terms of Engagement at Chats About Change: Critical Conversations on Art and Politics at Cal State LA, January, 2015
Flowers For Action, Seeds For Change at Chats About Change: Critical Conversations on Art and Politics at Cal State LA, January, 2015
Students at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts talk about the North Branch
No beginning no end... covered by Urban Gardens
Martin Patrick mentions the Comfy City chairs in Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity, and Social practice in Contemporary Art." University of Chicago Press.
What can artists and designers do about climate change?
I loved organizing a conversation on art and science for the panel Can Artists Heal Nature in Los Angeles? as part of SOC(i)AL: Art + People. The conversation was previewed on KCET's ArtBound and continued to grow at Final Fridays at Montalvo
When They Were Wild, the exhibit I designed for The Huntington Botanical Gardens, was reviewed in Eagle Rock Patch and KCET's Artbound
Domuspublishes images of WaterLAB, a project for the Steven Kanner Education Center at the Architecture and Design Museum, by Leigh Jerrard and Jane Tsong
Opening nightat A+D, and Adventures in collecting water in preparation for WaterLAB, a project for the Steven Kanner Education Center at the Architecture and Design Museum, by Leigh Jerrard and Jane Tsong
Public Art 4Culturereports on the installation of the water blessings at Brightwater
Brightwater at the AIA Seattle Design Festival
Public Art 4Culture: Brightwater Art & Utility
These photos on Mithun's website beautifully convey the essence of this large scale engineering project
Circle of Blue reports on Brightwater
Owen Driggs capsule and photos from Performing Public Space at the Casa del Tunel in Tijuana, 2010
Planting poppies on York Boulevard, in the beautiful trailer for the Miroslav Mandic film about Johnny Appleseed, Searching for Johnny , which has shown at film festivals in Sarajevo and Athens
Exploration of the management of public space through the medium of poppies.... atobcommute.blogspot.com
Martin Patrick, "Performative tactics and the choreographic reinvention of public space" in Art & the Public Sphere, 2011.
90042mentions Creek Freak and my research into the streams of Northeast Los Angeles, 2010
Jocelyn Chuireports on my visit to Colin Lingle's communications class at University of Washington, 2009
Peter Frank ties together street art and high art, but seems a bit puzzled nonetheless, in Angeleno Interiors, Fall 2008.
Margaret Arnold, the Arroyo Seco Journal, July 2008.
Linda Immediato, Angeleno, January 2009.
Michele Roohanirecords a planting in the Shakespeare garden during her visit to the Huntington, 2008
I'm one of the first 150 artists represented online on Artasiamerica, a historical archive curated by the Asian American Arts Centre in NYC
Greensward Civitas, an excellent blog on urban planning issues by L Barlow, 2009
My map of LA water cycle is discussed by Doug Hennings of Behind the News and Lize Mogel on WBAI January 10 2008 (starts midway through the clip)
Farmlab Salonwith Jane Tsong and curator Donna Conwell, 2008
LA Timesarticle on The Rock as Art, 2004
Participating in Mandarina Duck's show was a lot of fun, 2000.