Professor Ozayr Saloojee, in partnership with colleagues at the University of Minnesota (Karen Lutsky and Vincent Debritto in Landscape Architecture and Howard Oransky from the Department of Art) and Emily Scott (ETH, Zurich), co-organized a symposium and exhibition titled: World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities.
Developed as the final series of events in a 3 year cycle of programming (Professor Saloojee was named the University of Minnesota Imagine Chair in the Arts, Design and Humanities from 2014-2016), the symposium and exhibition featured artists, scholars, architects, landscape architects, geographers and cultural theorists from around the United States, Canada the UK and the world. Mobilizing Materialities brought together seven works and nine scholars in order to investigate primary materials and the complex ecologies in which they are embedded. The symposium and exhibition, in addition to the programming since 2014 is being developed into a book project, to be edited by Professor Saloojee, Professor Lutsky (Minnesota) and Professor Scott (Zurich).
Partnered with the World of Matter artist collaborative, the exhibition (on display at the University of Minnesota’s Katherine E. Nash Gallery until December 2017), features work from the Dutch artists Lonnie Van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, Frauke Huber and Uwe H. Martin, Peter Mörtenbock and Helge Mooshammer, Xavier Ribas, Mabe Bethônico, Paolo Tavares and Ursula Biemann. Programming included a field tour to Minnesota’s Iron Range (and a tour of an active mine-pit), along with a series of field stops that investigated the movement and extraction of material in, on, and over the landscape.
Sympoisum speakers included: Kai Bosworth, PhD Candidate in Geography (University of Minnesota, USA); Bruce Braun, Professor of Geography and Director of Graduate Studies (University of Minnesota, USA); Fellipe Correa, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Director of the Urban Design Program (Harvard University, USA); Brian Davis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture (Cornell University, USA), Director of the Borderlands Research Group and member of the Dredge Research Collaborative; TJ Demos, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, Director, Center for Creative Ecologies (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA); Rania Ghosn, Assistant Professor of Architecture (MIT, USA), Geographer and Founder of DESIGN:EARCH; Brian Holmes, Art Critic, Cultural Theorist and Activist (Chicago, USA); Emily Eliza Scott, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zürich; Kathryn Yusoff, Reader in Human Geography (Queen Mary University of London, UK).
The event was been made possible through funding by the University of Minnesota’s Imagine Chair in the Arts, Design and Humanities, the Department of Landscape Architecture, the School of Architecture, the Department of Art and the Center for Changing Landscapes at the University of Minnesota. World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities was co-sponsored by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, by the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zürich, by the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, by c-url (Carleton Urban Research Lab), the IFA and SwissPro Helvetia.
More details on the entire cycle of programming can be found at: www.mobilizingmaterialites.com.
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