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Brian Holmes: LEARNING FROM CASCADIA: an experiment in collective perception

Apr 10 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design



511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

LEARNING FROM CASCADIA an experiment in collective perception

We are shaped by the region we inhabit, and vice-versa. This shaping process includes not only diverse human groups with their conflicts and collaborations, but also, all the other species who share the region. The process unfolds slowly in space and time, at scales beyond the lifespan and mobility of a single individual. How to grasp the form and evolution of an entire region? How to express some of its most crucial, or most beautiful, or most tumultuous aspects, so as to open up further pathways of collective perception?

In this lecture, Brian Holmes presents the core ideas of a participatory mapping project entitled “Learning from Cascadia.” The creation of this online multimedia atlas involves extensive outreach to local environmental organizations and stewardship initiatives, as well as to artists, who will be able to submit projects for the mapping platform. In addition, “Learning from Cascadia” includes a theoretical dimension focusing on earth science and urban metabolism, with a direct connection to the Anthropocene Curriculum program that has been unfolding at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin over the last five years. The project is supported by PNCA and will be shown at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture as part of the exhibition The Earth Will Not Abide, in Fall 2018. But first we need to talk about it, and maybe even work together! If you are interested in art, ecology and the social relations of perception and expression, then this might be the experiment for you.

Brian Holmes is a professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He holds a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of the book Hieroglyphs of the Future. In recent years, Holmes has been working on the issues of geopolitics and geopoetics. He maintains a blog titled Continental Drift, with the subtitle “the other side of neoliberal globalization”.

Brian’s visit to the Northwest is supported by c3:initiative