Symposium Schedule

FRIDAY, November 3rd

  • Kittredge Gallery Reception for In the Flow Exhibit
  • Kittredge Gallery, Poetry Reading 5:00-5:30pm
  • Daniela Naomi Molnar, independent artist and poet; Ocean, poet and novelist
  • Kittredge Gallery, Panel Discussion: Decolonizing Land’s Imaginary 5:30-7:00pm
  • Donna Haraway discusses the need for “a thousand names…to erupt out of the Anthropocene into another, big enough story.” Telling “big-enough” stories in this time of global warming and globalization requires critical and creative links between language and land. Decolonizing Land’s Imaginary explores how naming, classifying, and representing the world animates reciprocal human and non-human relationship, contends with notions of indigeneity, and examines both a sense of place and displacement. Facilitator: Elise Richman, Professor, Art and Art History, Painting, University of Puget Sound; Participants: Cynthia Camlin, Professor, Art and Art History, Western Washington University; Rachel DeMotts, Professor, Environmental Policy and Decision Making, University of Puget Sound; Renee Simms, Associate Professor & Leadership Team Member, African American Studies, and the Race and Pedagogy Institute, University of Puget Sound; Banu Subramanium, Professor & Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College
  • Welcome Dinner for Panel and Workshop Participants

SATURDAY, November 4th

  • Rotunda, Coffee & Tea, Check-in, Registration for open workshops
  • Rotunda, Web of Relations
  • This interactive workshop invites participants to bring their full selves and web of relations into our learning space for the day. Through a series of conversations and experiential processes, we will each identify how ourselves our ancestors and future generations connect with land, water, systems of power, and each other. By grounding ourselves in our complex positionalities, we can move through the day with intention and attention to all that we carry into shared spaces. Facilitators: Natalie Baloy, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Western Washington University; Sasha Petrenko, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media, Western Washington University
  • CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS: 10:00-12:00Pre-register for these workshops
  • WORKSHOP 1: Eco-Transmission Soundwalk Trimble Forum register here
  • Experience the acoustic landscape of the University of Puget Sound through the perspective of a tree during this, artist-led sound walk. Through radio transmission and an industrial-grade vibration sensor, the inner acoustic sounds of a tree growing on the university campus will be broadcast across the environment. Using radio-receiving headphones (provided by the artist) the inner acoustics of the tree will serve as an eco-soundtrack for the guided walk. A 60-minute, artist-led sound walk around the UPS campus. Participants will wear FM radio-receiving headphones tuned to a live broadcast of the inner acoustic vibrations emanating from a tree living on the UPS campus. The walk will conclude with a group discussion about the concept of transmission ecology, i.e., the relationship between the transmissions, biological (bird calls, insect noises, etc.…) and synthetic (radio waves, satellite signals, electromagnetic radiation, etc.…), present in an environment. Facilitator: Dann Disciglio, Visiting Professor, Lewis and Clark College
  • WORKSHOP 2: Symbiocene Drawing Workshop Kittredge 202 register here
  • Imagine being symbiotic, a microorganism metabolized by a larger organism, or an organism living on the life and death of other organisms. The philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who coined the word, Symbiocene, writes: “We must say goodbye to ‘the environment’ as all it has done is perpetuate the myth of human separation from nature. In life, there is no strict ‘outside’ to which the term the environment refers. All living beings have internal interconnections to other living beings via their microbiomes. We all share in the life present in meso-biomes (ecosystems) and our macrobiome (the Earth). The more we look, the more we discover the symbiotic relationships between species that exist within bodies and between them in intimate associations.” Using inks and watercolors from foraged materials, in this workshop we will make drawings that experiment in their form and process with ideas about networks of the “intimate associations” in our lives. Facilitators: Cynthia Camlin, Professor, Art and Art History, Western Washington University, and Daniela Molnar, independent artist and poet
  • WORKSHOP 3: Walking and Breathing Through the Climate Emergency Murray Boardroom register here
  • We will do a 15-minute walking meditation on campus, observing our breath, pace, and energy as we notice what and who is speaking to us as we move through the landscape. Attention will be paid to all of our senses. Participants will be asked to consider what may or may not exist in these spaces after 150 years of climate chaos, and write that down for 10 minutes. In the following hour, they will be asked to create a small object out of junk (an artifact) that represents something precious to them that may or may not survive the climate emergency and write down a commitment to an action that will help future generations thrive (rather than just survive). They will insert that commitment within the artifact. The artifacts will be left on a table in a central location during the colloquium for people to experience like fortune cookies. Facilitators: Beverly Naidus, Emerita Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio Arts, UW Tacoma and Yixuan Pan, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio Arts, UW Tacoma
  • WORKSHOP 4: The Fungus Among Us: Myco-Remediation to Heal the Earth Ceramics 002 register here
  • Mycelium is the neurological network of nature. It’s the fungi that create the soil that creates the foundation of life.—Paul Stamets This is a poetic and practical workshop focusing on the overlooked ecosystem underfoot (soil) and what fungi can teach us about resilience, decomposition, death, and life in the face of climate change. Cara Tomlinson and the students of Art & Ecology will lead participants through an understanding of fungi and mycelium by collaborating on a painting meditation that will be incorporated into a soil remediation project on the campus of UPS. We will cover the basics of cultivation and the science of myco-remediation. Participants will leave with mushroom bags that they can take into soil remediation projects of their own. Facilitators: Cara Tomlinson, Professor, Art, Lewis and Clark and Art and Ecology Students: Sophie Abbassian, Miriam Baena, Summer Dae Binder, Owen Clark, Allison Clarke, Mallory Dubois, Margo Gaillard, Liv Ladaire, Gillian Largay, Paloma Richeson, Gabriel Rosenfield, Stella Scheffer, Anthi Sklavenitis, Ezequiel Walker, Lila Ward, and Aiden Wilkson
  • LUNCH 12-12:30 Rotunda
  • Rotunda, Refusing Straight Lines and Post Conversation Reflection. 12:30-2:30
  • Linda Tuhiwai-Smith defines the importance of lines to the “spatial vocabulary of colonialism.” She explains that line “…is important because it was used to map territory, to survey land, to establish boundaries and to mark the limits of colonial power.” Refusing Straight Lines explores the potential for art and ecology to resist lines that bind, channelize, and territorialize. Social practice, community-based art, Maya Lin’s site-specific Confluence Project, and relational approaches to queer ecology and river management inform a conversation about refusing borders, pipelines, dams, rigid boundaries and embracing flow through meandering rivers, the porousness of borders, and tidelines that change. Strategies for refusing straight lines include listening to rivers, excavating histories, embodying community, and harnessing relational environmental policy to activate multi-faceted forms of resistance and renewal that participants bring to their land and place-based practices and research. Facilitator: Natalie Baloy, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Western Washington University; Participants: Amanda Leigh Evans, Assistant Visiting Professor of Art in Ceramics and Social Practice, Whitman College; Cleo Wölfe Hazard, Assistant Professor School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington; Matt Reynolds, Associate Professor of Art History, Whitman College; Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman, Assistant Professor in Socially Engaged Art, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University + Visiting Professor, Institut für Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste Berlin (2023-24)
  • CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS: 2:30-4:30Pre-register for these workshops
  • WORKSHOP 5: Breaking in Place: Earth Pigments from Local Places. Ceramics 002 register here
  • Part A: Walking and gathering portion of this workshop is with Heidi Gustafson to engage with the UPS campus landscape and source earth pigments and found objects to create a material palette of this place. Part B: Back inside, Melonie and Heidi will assist participants in engaging with various layers of meaning and technology hidden in geologic and urbanized matter. Participants will learn how to process various materials into pigment, and how to transform that dust into artistic materials. This workshop, in conjunction with Heidi’s and Melonie’s exhibits in the Kittredge Gallery, will help people connect with place-based learning to engage with an environment and resources on a personal and practical level. It will offer multi-sensory, holistic, and Indigenous learning methods and encourage broader exploration and participation with microcosms of being, doing, and mark-making. Facilitators: Melonie Ancheta, Director of Pigments Revealed, educator, artist, and researcher, and Heidi Gustafson, artist and ochre specialist
  • WORKSHOP 6: Learning language: an eco-poetics of place Kittredge 202. register here
  • What is the language of place? How do we discover a new way of speaking for and within the systems in which we are entangled? How can invented words, loanwords from other languages, acoustic attention, and retracing etymologies help us to speak with or as place? This workshop and discussion investigates and troubles how we think with language. We will create a generative word salon to develop a place-based lexicon of new language for the present. Working with a series of prompts, we will collaborate on a large scroll that will serve as a score to be performed. Facilitators: Daniela Molnar, independent artist and poet; Cara Tomlinson, Professor, Art, Lewis and Clark
  • WORKSHOP 7: Felting our Future Murray Boardroom register here
  • This workshop invites community members to practice mindfulness, patience, and presence through the process of dry felting. We will be using felting needles to shape raw wool into 3-D sculpture. Each maker will have the opportunity to contribute to one large collaborative sculpture. Facilitator: Cricket Jergens, Lewis & Clark Class of ‘23, has an art practice that encourages healing through reflection, solace in community, and activation of physical actions through which grief and mourning may be expressed and processed.
  • WORKSHOP/DISCUSSION 8: Maya Lin’s Confluence Project Discussion. Kittredge Gallery (no pre-registration needed)
  • Meet in Kittredge Gallery to hear about and discuss Maya Lin’s monumental and controversial Confluence Project along the Columbia River. Facilitator: Matt Reynolds, Professor Art History, Whitman College
  • Rotunda, Sharing Space, and Ending Reception 4:30-6:30