Christa Donner and Andrew Yang
Ecological Storytelling: Imaginative Experiments for All Ages is a special workshop by artists Christa Donner and Andrew Yang. Join us (and bring your family and friends) to this hands-on experience exploring unexpected connections between the things in your everyday life and our world - natural, artificial, cultural, and imaginable. Participants of all ages will work together to explore the ecological webs that connect through our lives. Through open-ended prompts, participants will collaboratively devise stories from a blend of drawing, collage, and game playing to spark inter-generational conversation and ecological thinking. In this time of environmental complexity, we need new ways of telling stories that connect us to each other and to our futures, pasts, and present environment. This playful approach to ecological narratives involves the complex, non-linear, and indeterminate. Let’s make art together to invent new relations and new ways of learning!
Christa Donner and Andrew Yang: Christa Donner and Andrew Yang are transdisciplinary artists who work both separately and together. Yang has a PhD from Duke University and has publications in Leonardo; Current Biology; Interdisciplinary Science Reviews; Evolution & Development; Biological Theory; International Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Insectes Sociaux; Liberal Education; Gastronomica. Yang works across the interweaving of the naturalcultural. Donner’s studio practice moves between material & social exchange linking the human/animal body to the world we inhabit. Donner is also the founder of Cultural ReProducers: a creative platform, web resource, and community-based project made up of an evolving group of active cultural workers (professional artists, designers, curators, musicians, performers, writers, etc) who are also parents. Donner and Yang have created projects for BankArt NYK in Yokohama, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Gallery 400 in Chicago, SPACES in Cleveland, and Tue Greenfort's The Worldly House at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. Both teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This event is free and open to the public.
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Additional funding, co-sponsorship, and support from: Bubbler @ Madison Public Library; Arts Institute; Center for Culture, History and Environment; Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies.