Expanded Ecologies

Ecology has become generalized. What began as a natural science discipline that investigated the relations between an organism and its environment has become a general worldview that posits relations themselves as ontological. Karen Barad’s “intra-action,” Bruno Latour’s “actor-network theory,” Donna Haraway’s “string figures,” Jane Bennett’s “vital matter,” Deleuze and Guattari’s “rhizome,” and Rachel Carson’s “web of life,” each focus attention on the interactions, communications, and exchanges between beings and things. With relations as foundational, things start to disintegrate. Beings become porous, their boundaries indistinct, as organisms are understood to be contingent within kaleidoscopic webs of life. How do these conditions open the field of art production? How do they foreclose it?

Beall Center for Art + Technology’s new Art + Ecology offerings recognize that technology isn’t the only “art plus” intersection worth exploring. We’re approaching our 25th anniversary and—like the world around us—we will need to adapt to thrive. Expanded Ecologies is the third event in a sequence of programming experiments that began with our Winter/Spring 2022 speaker series and continued with sponsorship with the graduate seminar Arts at Burns Piñon.

Beall MFA Exhibition Open Call 

Image: A tree that looks like a human, 2009 (planted in 1998). Photo by Becky Northey. www.pooktre.com.


May 20, 2023 to June 10, 2023
Opening Reception: 
May 20, 2023 - 2:00pm
Curated By: 
Zachary Korol Gold
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