AMBIGUOUS TERRITORY: architecture, landscape and the post-natural Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion with exhibition curator, Kathy Velikov (University of Michigan, RVTR)
and contributors:
Brad Cantrell (UVA)
Sean Lally (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Jason Johnson (California College of the Arts and Future Cities Lab)
Alexander Robinson (USC and Office of Outdoor Research)

Campbell Hall 153
Exhibition Reception to follow, Elmaleh Gallery

Exhibition: 09.04.18 – 10.06.18
Campbell Hall, Elmaleh Gallery

Short Text:
Can the ill effects of modernity’s insistence on isolation – of ideas, people, disciplines, cultures, species, wealth, objects, nature and culture, etc. – be understood, let alone reversed, by ever-more isolation? Or, do complex environmental and humanitarian issues demand more inclusive and indirect techniques to recognize and reflect upon them? The sometimes unnerving, sometimes empathetic affects presented in the Ambiguous Territory exhibition are the outcome of the unexpected juxtaposition of remote sensors, robots and rock piles; of strip mines, stratigraphy and satellite imagery; of pollution, plant languages, and point clouds; of deft draftsmanship and timely data-scapes, of net-worked kites, clouds, buoys, and balloons; and of new ideas and new forms of representation. The resultant forms highlight the synthetic and surprisingly efficient ability of art and design to reveal what is ubiquitous but often invisible in our cultural and physical climates. Ambiguous Territory is an exhibition curated by Kathy Velikov, Chris Perry, Cathryn Dwyre, and David Salomon at and supported by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

The exhibition and panel at UVA School of Architecture are supported by the Office of the Dean and the Myles H. Thaler Endowment.

Image credit: A Curious Cabinet by pneumastudio. Drawing by Cathryn Dwyre. (courtesy of exhibition curatorial team)


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