BYO: CLIMATE AS SITE
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Going green has become “big business,” with eco-conscious brands and a booming organic food industry, but the realities of environmental change have perhaps never been so closely linked to social, political, and economic disparities as they are today. International resource wars, corporate prospecting, toxic waste dumping, and the privatization of natural resources disproportionately affect disenfranchised populations and yet often remain disregarded and unsolved. This panel brings together three artists, activists, and researchers working to bring awareness and visibility to the complex and uneven territory of climate change and the environment. Lize Mogel will present her interventionist “counter-cartography” projects, in which she employs mapping techniques to rediscover largely invisible narratives of environmental sites and systems. Jane Marsching will discuss the narrative, dialogic, and direct action strategies her artworks employ to engender novel relations between individuals and their environments. Emily Eliza Scott will introduce her forthcoming seminar on the emergent spatialities, temporalities, and representational crises triggered by climate change. Traversing multiple disciplines, these practitioners devise novel paths for cultural work to interrogate and mitigate the immense geopolitical and ecological challenges posed by our changing climate.
Lize Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist who works with the interstices between art and cultural geography. She has created and disseminated counter-cartography maps and mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues. Her work connects the real history and collective imaginary about specific places to larger narratives of global economies. She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles; future territorial disputes in the Arctic; and wastewater economies in New York City. She is co-editor of the book/map collection "An Atlas of Radical Cartography," has exhibited internationally, and recently presented at the 2013 Creative Time Summit.
Jane Marsching is a Boston-based digital media artist who explores our past, present and future human impact on the environment through interdisciplinary and collaborative practices that have appeared in the sky, public parks, radio waves, museums, buses, observatories, and classrooms. She is the co-editor of Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles (2011) and co-founder and member of Platform2: Art and Activism, an experimental forum series about creative practices at the intersection of social issues. Her current collective is Plotform with Andi Sutton, which focuses on activist dialogic spectacles for community engagement in local climate change disruptions.
Emily Eliza Scott is a Zurich-based scholar focused on art that illuminates/interrogates pressing geopolitical and ecological issues, often by blurring with other forms of thinking and making to impactfully engage the world. A postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), she is co-editor, with Kirsten Swenson, of the forthcoming volume Critical Landscapes: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Land Use (University of California Press, 2014). She is also centrally involved in two long-term, collaborative projects: World of Matter (2011-), an international art, media and research platform on natural resource ecologies; and the Los Angeles Urban Rangers (2004-), a group that develops interpretive tools to spark creative explorations of everyday habitats in its home megalopolis and beyond.
Sponsored by the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities at Harvard University. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Living as Form (The Nomadic Version).
BYO: PERFORMING FEMINISMS
Friday, March 28
Presenters: A.L. Steiner, Emma Hedditch, and the Dirt Palace.
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Sponsored by the Harvard College Women's Center; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and the the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities at Harvard University. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Living as Form (The Nomadic Version).