Submergence and Survivance: Art in the Wake of Climate Violence
5:00 pm | 4/29/2021 | Live on Zoom | Until 6:00 pm | 4/29/2021
Emily Eliza Scott, Assistant Professor of Art History and Environmental Studies, History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon
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This talk explores art that operates in the face of, and in resistance to, climate injustice in its myriad forms. In particular, it will highlight projects by the London-born Colombian artist Carolina Caycedo and the Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves that confront the infrastructural violence wrought by dams in Latin America and offer vital (counter-)models for re-centering “unimagined communities,” human and more-than-human alike.
Emily Eliza Scott is an interdisciplinary scholar, artist, and former park ranger focused on contemporary art and design practices that engage pressing (political) ecological issues, often with the intent to actively transform real-world conditions. Her essays have appeared in Art Journal, Art Journal Open, American Art, Third Text, The Avery Review, Field, and Cultural Geographies as well as multiple edited volumes and online journals, and she is the coeditor of The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Climate Change (Routledge, 2021); Viscosity: Mobilizing Materialities (UMN Architecture, 2019); and Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (UC Press, 2015). She is developing a monograph, Uneven Geology: Notes from the Field of Contemporary Art, and teaching courses on subjects including “unnatural disasters,” land and environmental art, Anthropocene debates, and architecture in the expanded field.