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Arts and Ecology

Speakers: Newton Harrison, David Dunn, T.J. Demos
Newton Harrison
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 5:20pm
Second Stage, Theater Arts Center (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Arts Division

Newton Harrison and his late wife and collaborator Helen Mayer Harrison, commonly referred to as The Harrisons, are among the earliest and the best known social and ecological artists. Working with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners, and other artists, the Harrisons initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions that support community development and biodiversity. They have had numerous international solo exhibitions, and their work is in the collections of many public institutions, including the Pompidou Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.
David Dunn is a composer, artist, and bio-acoustic researcher. In his landmark work, The Sound of Light in Trees: The Acoustic Ecology of Pinyon Trees, Dunn layered two years of recordings of beetle activity below the bark of a particular pine tree in New Mexico into a seamless hour-long piece. Partnering with scientists, he has patented a sonic device made for incapacitating the destructive bark beetles that have been devastating West Coast forests for years, thus using acoustics in ecology research.
T.J. Demos writes widely on modern and contemporary art and his essays have appeared in magazines, journals, and catalogues worldwide. His published work centers broadly on the conjunction of art and politics, examining the ability of artistic practice to invent innovative and experimental strategies that challenge dominant social, political, and economic conventions. His latest book is Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Berlin-New York, Sternberg Press, 2017).

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The 2018 Arts Dean’s Lecture Series on Creative Entrepreneurship is part of the Arts Division’s new creative entrepreneurship initiative entitled Artist21, this year’s series features a distinguished roster of arts practitioners, creatives, educators, and advocates who provide illuminating insights, practical tools, and personal stories on how to shape an artistic or arts-related career in the 21st century.

As a component of the course THEA 7-01 taught by Dean Susan Solt with Co-Instructor Nada Miljkovic, the series is open to graduates and undergraduates. Non-arts students are also welcome to enroll in the course and attend the series. The public is invited.  

Sponsors: UC Santa Cruz Arts Division, Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence, Theater Arts Department, U.S. Bank

Speakers are subject to change.

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FREE and open to the public
Parking $4 by permit (available from paystation vending machine in the Arts parking lot #126 after 4:30PM).