Terra Incognita Art Series: Artists Exploring our New Ecological Epoch

This artist-led workshop and event series showcases a range of expressions that explore the relationships between humans and the world they inhabit. Our mission is twofold: 

  1.  through the arts and humanities, to investigate environmental issues honoring the experiences, aesthetics, and struggles embedded in these topics, and
  2. bring people together with diverse, but interconnected, interests and identities. 

As we face a new epoch of environmental complexity, we need to encourage multidisciplinarity, a broader approach to environmental studies and the arts, and supportive learning communities.

To join our mailing list, send a message to terra.incognita.art@gmail.com

Over the semester, Terra Incognita is working on several cross-disciplinary projects, including becoming-Botanicals,* Displaced Horizons, and Garden for a Changing Climate. We are meeting regularly to discuss research-creation and the role of art in the academic forms of knowledge production. We are also working together to support the development of works-in-progress. If you are interested in coming to our workshops and meetings, please send us an email! 

*becoming-Botanicals is a long-term antidisciplinary project aiming to investigate and re-imagine the human/plant relationship with a view towards a sustainable future. We believe that new experiences with and deeper understanding of nonhuman life garners an ecocentric and empathetic perspective crucial to living sustainably in a shifting climate. This project is developed as a knowledge exchange led by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. We are working on the curation and publication of a ‘book of herbs’ which asks contributors and readers to contemplate in what ways we interact and depend on plant-life in a post-modern era and what future interactions and dependencies may be. The pamphlet will comprise of a selection of short provocative entries from practitioners of a myriad of scientific and artistic disciplines, accompanied by found, submitted and illustrated visual imagery to disrupt, contradict, or complement the entries. It is imagined that this collection of disparate ideas can act as a catalyst for creative thinking and artistic practice in the widening field of sustainability and performance ecologies. We are seeking submissions in the form of an entry which details the medicinal, cosmetic, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, magical, or spiritual uses of a plant species in a post-modern era. We are looking for diverse perspectives and voices from a variety of disciplines and cultural identities. Each entry should be between 250-500 words. More information: http://becoming-botanicals.com/submissions/

2018-19 Series

October 27 - Displaced Horizons. Gallery 7, 7th Floor Room 7240, George L. Mosse Humanities Building, 455 North Park Street. Exhibition @ 6:30pm-9pm. Musical Performance @ 7:00pm.

2017-18 Series

October 7 Christa Donner & Andrew Yang: Ecological Storytelling: Imaginative Experiments for All AgesBubbler @ Madison Public Library–1:00-3:00pm 

November 3 Nestle: Bird SongsFredric March Play Circle Memorial Union–7:00pm

November 30 Nina Elder: An Artistic Approach to Non-Linear ResearchAn Artistic Approach to Non-Linear Research. 8411 Sewell Social Science–12:30-2:00pm

February 21 - Sarah J. Stankey: The Traces and Trails of Camp. Art Lofts Gallery–6:00-8:00pm.

     Science Hall: 550 N. Park Street 2/26-3/16
     Bradley Memorial: 1225 Linden Dr. 2/27-5/8
     Education Building: 100 Bascom Mall 2/6-5/8

March 7 Sky Hopinka: Art Department Visiting Artist Colloquium. Conrad A. Elvehjem Building Rm. L160–5:00-6:15.

March 16 Dylan Miner: Artist/Author Meet & Greet Potluck. 6:00-8:00.

April 25 Alejandro Meitin (Ala Plástica): Art Department Visiting Artist Colloquium. Conrad A. Elvehjem Building Rm. L160–5:00-6:15.   

April 26 – Alejandro Meitin (Ala Plástica): Lectura. 4:00pm. 6104 Social Sciences.

May 11 Dylan McLaughlin: CausesLines Performance. Arts + Literature Laboratory–7:00. 

Upcoming Borghesi-Mellon Workshops and Events

Madeline H. Caviness

Representations in the Middle Ages of Ethnic, Cultural and Physiological Difference, and Their Social Significance Then and Now
Emerita, Department of English, Tufts University
Oct 26
Hagen Room, Room 150, Department of Art History, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond

Madeline H. Caviness

From Magdeburg to Charlottesville via Munich
Emerita, Department of English, Tufts University
Oct 26
Conrad Elvehjem Building, L150
800 University Avenue
4:00 PM Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond
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