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Art of Environmental Justice in an Expanded Field: A Symposium on Creative Activism and Eco-Politics across Boundaries

Art of Environmental Justice Symposium

This one-day event brings together leading international contemporary artists who engage problems of environmental justice in expansive ways. The purpose: to highlight the critical power of visual art to reimagine the politics of ecology across various boundaries—not just national borders but also socioeconomic classes, identities, disciplines, species, and media. Speakers will discuss creative projects that demonstrate the far-reaching capacity of visual art to interpret urgent ecological issues and problems of environmental inequality for a broad public. Participants will also consider the aesthetic and practical implications of environmental justice for expanding art itself. The format: nine 30-minute artist presentations, organized in three sessions with faculty moderators and audience Q&A. Lunch available and reception following.

Participating artists:

  • Ravi Agarwal, New Delhi-based artist, environmental activist, writer, and curator
  • Amy Balkin, San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist engaging ecology and the public sphere
  • Sammy Baloji, mixed media artist based in Democratic Republic of Congo, examining colonial ecologies
  • Subhankar Banerjee, photographer and environmental activist, professor of art, University of New Mexico
  • Steve Kurtz, founder of tactical art-technology collective Critical Art Ensemble
  • Teddy Cruz, architect and professor of public culture, urbanism, and visual arts
  • Fonna Forman, professor of political science, UC San Diego
  • Edgar Heap of Birds, multimedia artist focused on Native land and sovereignty
  • Lucy Orta, Paris-based collaborative multimedia artists and eco-activists

For more information contact Alan C. Braddock, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor of Environment and Humanities, Princeton University.
This event is part of Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice Series.

This event is open to the public


Schedule

Thursday, April 13

9:00-9:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast in Atrium, School of Architecture
9:30 a.m.  - Welcome and Opening Remarks  by Alan Braddock
 
9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  - Session 1: Public Sphere 
 
Ravi Agarwal, New Delhi-based artist, environmental activist, writer, curator
Amy Balkin, San Francisco-based artist engaging ecology and the public sphere
Steve Kurtz, founder of tactical art-technology collective Critical Art Ensemble
Moderated by Rob Nixon, Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment. Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.
 
12:00-1:15 p.m. - Lunch Atrium, Guyot Hall
1:30-3:30 p.m.  - Session 2: Community
 
Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, professors, University California, San Diego
Lucy Orta, Paris-based collaborative multimedia artist and eco-activist
Moderated by Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies.
 
3:30-4:00 p.m. - Coffee break
4:00-6:00 p.m.  - Session 3: Sovereignty
 
Sammy Baloji, mixed media artist based in Democratic Republic of Congo
Subhankar Banerjee, photographer, activist, professor of art U. of New Mexico
Edgar Heap of Birds, multimedia artist focused on Native land and sovereignty
Moderated by Anne McClintock, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies.
 
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Closing Reception, Atrium, Guyot Hall
 
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Event Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Location: 
Betts Auditorium, Architecture Building
Category: 
Conferences & Lecture Series
Department: 
Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)