Berkeley/Stanford Symposium: April 7

Berkeley/Stanford Symposium: A Line in the Sand


Line in Sand


Berkeley/Stanford Symposium | A Line in the Sand: Art, Ecology, & Precarity 
Saturday, April 7 from 10am-5pm
White Box Gallery, 4th Floor, SFMOMA, San Francisco 

A Line in the Sand takes its title from the sense of precarity and urgency emerging from recent efforts to take unified global action on environmental issues. Epitomized by the mission to mitigate climate change outlined in the Paris Agreement, drawing a line in the sand marks a boundary, the recognition of a critical horizon that demands a collective response and solution. In the wake of the United States’ decision to withdraw from this seemingly global imperative, what are the limitations of political action in the name of the environment? Do these strategies reduce Earth to a receptive surface for human action, and narrowly legislate what counts as positive engagement with the environment? Are there ways of visualizing our relationship to the planet — other ecologies — that go beyond conservation, sustainability, and “living green” to address humanity’s inextricably deep political, social, and cultural entanglement with the environment? Across art, design, and visual culture, what new forms of action do such ecologies permit? The Keynote Address will by presented by T.J. Demos, University of California, Santa Cruz.



Schedule of Events:



10:15 – PANEL 1

Sintia Issa, University of California, Santa Cruz
Falling is Not Collapsing: Waste Histories and Capitalist Desire in the Realm of Flora

Rachel Kase, Boston University
Getting on the Map: Claes Jansz Visscher’s View of Houtewael

George Philip LeBourdais, Stanford University
Lines in the Ice: Arctic Photography as a Frame for Ecological Thought

Connie Zheng, University of California, Berkeley
A Certain Kind of Fluorescence



13:00 – PANEL 2

SG Yeros, University of California, Berkeley
The New Ground: A Visual Manifesto

Kiersten Mounce, University of Delaware
Integration According to Herbst: Mass Production as Nature in Interwar France

Patrick Monte, California College of the Arts
If a Mine Collapses and No One is Around, Does it Make a Sound?



14:20 – PANEL 3

Stephanie Triplett, University of Michigan
Bovine Reproductions: Rosa Bonheur, Anton Braith, and Scientific Cattle Prints, 1848-1880

David Gilbert, Stanford University
Mobilization’s Many Lines: Political Ecology Aesthetics in Indonesia

Zoya Brumberg, University of Texas at Austin
Between Matter and Spirit: The Radical Politics Behind the Future Building of Paolo Soleri’s Arcologies



T.J. Demos

Professor of the History of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz

Director, Center for Creative Ecologies




For more information, or to register, please see the following website (link).