In Place: The Ecologies of Sound in the Southwest

Jennifer Nev-Diaz and Dylan McLaughlin in conversation with Dr. Steven Feld


When: August 19, 5:30 pm, MT

Where: Online, zoom

Cost: Free, donations accepted

Join us for the LASER talk The Ecologies of Sound in the Southwest, featuring sound, video, and new media artists Jennifer Nev-Diaz and Dylan McLaughlin in conversation with Dr. Steven Feld as they explore sound as placed-based knowledge. They will discuss how sonic and visual art combined can convey the spirit or psyche of place; how technology, community, and ethics shape their work in the Southwest; and how sound can forge emotional, cultural, and physical connections to place.


This is the third in SciArt Santa Fe’s three-part series titled In Place: Recentering Eco-critical knowledge of the Natural World, in which diverse humanities scholars, artists, and scientists consider regional land-use histories and ethics of place. This series is funded by New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Series Schedule:

2/25/21 -- "In Place: Representing Environmental Racism on Tribal Lands and Communities of Color" featuring artist Will Wilson; artist, scientist, and author Valerie Rangel; and writer-curator Alicia Inez Guzmán, Ph.D.

6/24/21 -- "In Place: The Aesthetics of Placemaking through Land-based Practices" featuring artists Chrissie Orr and Joanna Keane Lopez in conversation with Susan Ryan, Ph.D.

8/19/21 -- "In Place: Ecologies of Sound in the Southwest" featuring artists Jennifer Diaz and Dylan McLaughlin in conversation with Steven Feld, Ph.D.

Links to In Place: Environmental Racism LASER talk recording and resources.

THIS SERIES IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE NEW MEXICO HUMANITIES COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES.

In Place: Recentering Ecocritical Knowledge of the Natural World

This is three-part LASER series in which diverse humanities scholars, artists, and scientists consider regional land-use histories and ethics of place. This series is funded by New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. All webinars in this series will be offered in English with Spanish translations.

Announcements:

SciArt Santa Fe received a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council to host a three-part LASER webinar series on environmental art and science, and a general operating support grant from the Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

February 5, 2021

SciArt Santa Fe, in conjunction with Leonardo / International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, will host “In Place: Representing Environmental Racism on Tribal Lands and Communities of Color,” a Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER). Featuring artist Will Wilson and artist-scientist Valerie Rangel in conversation with writer-curator Alicia Inez Guzmán, Ph.D., “In Place” will examine the legacy of extractive industries and resource exploitation in New Mexico. Delving into the implications of such industries and what paths lie ahead for remediation, the panel will also look at the role of aesthetics in representing environmental devastation and imagining new futures beyond crisis.


This is the first in SciArt Santa Fe’s three-part series, In Place, in which diverse humanities scholars, artists, and scientists consider regional land-use histories and ethics of place.

This series is made possible with the generous support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Videos of LASER talks hosted by Biocultura Santa Fe in coordination with Leonardo/International Society for Art, Science and Technology and local art, science, education and community organizations.

SciArt Santa Fe creates opportunities for the powerful exchange of ideas among practitioners in the arts, sciences and technology. Through public forums, we facilitate cross-disciplinary research in these fields, seeking to catalyze fruitful solutions for the challenges of the 21st century. Among the challenges requiring cross-disciplinary approaches are establishing sustainable environmental practices, spreading global scientific and artistic literacy, creating technological equity and encouraging freedom of thought and imagination.

We support artists and other practitioners whose practices do not always fit within a traditional gallery framework. Many of the practitioners we work with tackle pressing issues that disproportionately affect people of under-represented races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, citizenship statuses, and ages including climate change, species extinction and migration.

Why Santa Fe?

We chose to locate SciArt Santa Fe here because it is a city with a high level of contemporary art and science practice, a center for international art galleries and museums with proximity to two major national laboratories. Santa Fe and the region is also on the front lines of global changing ecosystems due to anthropogenic climate change. Our city faces critical challenges with water, soil and land use, and many people in Santa Fe are highly engaged with local and global environmental and social justice advocacy.

DIY Biology
Sitting room at the tea house event
Tubes of fruit flies at the UNM Lab of Richard Cripps
DIY Bio
Biohacking materials
Dried kombucha scoby as a tube holder
John Donalds performing DIY Bio
DIY Bio Kombucha
Growing plants
Close up caterpillar

Images shown from art/science workshops around the world including Biophilia, a workshop with Symbiotica at Aalto University, SCOBY growing projects at the Vermont Studio Center, Biocultura's T-House in Springfield Missouri, TasteLab created by University of New Mexico (UNM) Bio Art and Design students for the Farm D'Art Tour in rural Wisconsin, A Bio Hack Academy workshop at the Waag Society in Amsterdam, Drosophila research at the UNM Cripps Lab, and a workshop with Bio Artist Marta De Menenez in Mexico City.