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Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a Sustainable Future

November 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


This webinar is dedicated to art and science collaboration. As this topic has increased in importance to both artistic and scientific communities, *Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a Sustainable Future*, will showcases examples of collaborations between scientists and artists who have addressed biodiversity, ecosystem function and/or climate change in their work. A presentation will be given by three speakers drawn from various academic perspectives and institutions: Pacific Northwest College of Art faculty member Emily Bosanquet, Antioch faculty member Kim Landsbergen and Rutgers faculty member Elizabeth Demaray.

The questions they will address in their presentations include:

  • How do artists situate scientific information into the cultural sphere?
  • How do scientists account for inspiration?
  • How does art/sci collaboration promote agency and action in response to the overwhelming evidence of ecological collapse on the planet?
  • How can artists and scientists better collaborate in support of a sustainable future?

Webinar participants will be invited to submit comments and links to projects being done in Art:Science collaboration on their campuses or in their communities. We will share these with attendees as a post-webinar resource.

For members: Access webinar recording and presentation materials


Kim Landsbergen

Kim Landsbergen, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Antioch

Kim Landsbergen is an ecologist who uses physiological and biogeochemical methods to study carbon and water dynamics in terrestrial systems, usually in the context of climate change, invasive plants, urban ecosystems, and land management. Prof. Landsbergen is a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America and owner of CarbonEcology Consulting. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed ecology papers in scientific journals. She also holds an appointment as Visiting Research Scholar with Ohio State University’s Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. She is also interested in helping connect science with environmental policy issues and is active with state and national environmental non-governmental organizations. She is a STARS Technical Advisor with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and serves on as an Associate Board Member on the Franklin County Soil Water Conservation District.

Emily Bosanquet, Assistant Professor, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Emily Bosanquet is an interdisciplinary scientist interested in describing the connections between natural phenomena, social and cultural dynamics, and the political, legal, and economic institutions that organize our lives. Bosanquet teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) where her current research interest is in supporting cross disciplinary dialogue between artistic practices and scientific methodologies within a pedagogical framework in order to address social and ecological concerns.
Bosanquet has worked as a geologist and environmental scientist in Australia, South East Asia and the United States, and studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Bosanquet has developed and currently teaches a variety of undergraduate science curriculum, as well as classes in critical pedagogy in the MFA Print Media program. Bosanquet is the PNCA representative to the Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability, and the principal investigator for a five-year grant with NOAA Fisheries and the founder of the Art + Science Initiative at PNCA.

Elizabeth Demaray, artist

Elizabeth Demaray, Associate Professor of Fine Art, Head of Sculpture Concentration, Rutgers University

Elizabeth Demaray is sculptor who’s area of enquiry is the interface between the built and the natural environment. In this vein she makes listening stations for birds that play human music, cultures lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City and fabricates alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs out of man made-materials. Created with a team of scientists, her latest work is the IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving. This artwork entails building light-sensing robotic supports for houseplants. These moving floraborgs allow potted-plants to roam freely in a domestic environment, in search of sunlight and water.

Demaray is the recipient of the National Studio Award at the New York Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture and the Featured Artist Award at the Association of Environmental Science Studies 2014 symposium Welcome to the Anthropocene. She is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Rutgers University, Camden and is an advisor at the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers New Brunswick, which is a lab dedicated to supporting artistic practice in the fields of computer vision and machine learning. He her current projects can be viewed at http://elizbethdemaray.org.



November 1, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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