On March 6, in conjunction with the Harrisons' exhibition, On Mixing, Mapping and Territory, the Sesnon Gallery presents DANM graduate students Catalina Giraldo, Matthew Jamieson, and Danielle Williamson, who will discuss working with the Harrisons on Mapping the eARTh's History in the Sesnon Gallery at 6:00pm.
Catalina is a second year graduate student in the Digital Arts & New Media (DANM) program at the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is part of the collaborative research in the participatory culture group -Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation-, under direction of ecologically concerned artists Helen and Newton Harrison. Prior to graduate school, she completed a bachelor's degree in Biology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, and worked for some years in botany, palinology (the taxonomy of pollen), palaeoecology (reconstruction of past ecosystems using pollen fossil as a proxy) and melissopalinology (bee's pollen). She also experiments with the photography of nature and human cultures in Latin America. Today she is interested in using new media to show results for science research and wishes to plant a seed of consciousness about how our planet Earth is our home and should be respected as such.
Matthew is a first-year graduate student in the Digital Arts New Media Program at UCSC and is engaged in a research group focused on participatory culture and environmental art. Matthew has a background in cartography and geographic information systems, and his work is inspired by the power of building interactivity into design, and using this for community engagement, promoting environmental perspectives, and transforming how we think about our surroundings.
Danielle is a media artist working most closely with video projection, yet has a body of work that spans over different mediums. She began working with Super 8 and 16mm film, enjoying the textures that can be created on celluloid, while also experimenting with digital as net art and installation pieces. Her interests range from avant-garde cinema to human rights and environmental activism to philosophy and beyond. Currently, she is a graduate student at the University of California Santa Cruz working towards her MFA in the Digital Art and New Media program.
The same evening at 5:00pm, the Earth as Metaphor lecture series at Porter Faculty Gallery presents
Hic Sunt Dracones: Extractive Industries, Climate Change, and New frontiers of Geography
Jeffrey Bury has worked in the Peruvian Andes, Chile, Costa Rica and the Himalayas for more than a decade evaluating the environmental and social impacts of extractive industries, political economies of climate change, and new conservation activities. His work is generally concerned with the transformation of natural and social environments by the forces of globalization, neoliberalism and geopolitical change. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, Departmental Curriculum Chair, and a Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Spatial Research at UCSC. He teaches classes in political ecology, sustainable development in Latin America, research methods, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing . He also supervises a variety of internships and directs a successful graduate lab at UCSC. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. http://people.ucsc.edu/~jbury/