Can species thrive together? Can we learn from nature to remediate environmental problems? Is hope possible in the Anthropocene?
Western Gallery’s fall exhibition focuses on these questions as well as creative efforts to address ecological concerns. Four art installations explore the complex relationships between biology and culture. A section, titled “What Would Nature Do?” introduces the nature-based design approaches of Biomimicry and Permaculture. An ongoing and evolving installation project by students in an Art and Ecology class at Western addresses a compelling question: what if we understood the universe not as a collection of objects, but as a communion of subjects?
The projects brought together in the exhibition present novel but grounded ways of thinking about ecological problems. Rather than dejection at the enormity of the challenges, they offer concrete and creative efforts. Rather than sweeping geoengineering schemes, they offer modest forms of biocultural hope. What the ecological thinker Donna Haraway has written about one of the projects (Wertheim’s Crochet Coral Forest) is true of them all: “[These are] not projects of melancholy and mourning. Theirs are figures of response-ability.”
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.
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