March 7-9: Ecopoesis CCA Spring Graduate Studies Symposium

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Ecopoesis: Spring Graduate Studies Symposium

at California College of the Arts

March 7-9, 2012

Join artists, filmmakers, writers, and scientists as they come together to explore front-line concerns around climate, biodiversity, and spatial expressions. The symposium will include film screenings, lectures, performances, and an expo of speculative + practical designs + art. It seeks to address our changing relationship with ideas of nature and to offer fresh understandings of the places we live + research + create around + in. This event is a collaborative effort by the graduate programs in Design and Fine Arts at California College of the Arts, with a sponsored reading in Graduate Writing.

All events are free and open to the public.


Wednesday, March 7

5 – 7 pm // ExPoesis Opening

Join us for the official launch of ExPoesis. Meet exhibitors and hear about their work. Bring T-shirts and other items for screenprinting with our EcoPo logo. Refreshments.

7 pm // Raising Cain About Razing Mountains

Filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer discusses the artist’s role in eco-advocacy and screens a clip from her documentary Razing Appalachia.


Thursday, March 8

All day // ExPo continues

Noontime speaker. Screenprinting continues, times TBD.

7 pm // Utilizing Trash to Save California’s Wetlands

Professor Oscar Romo of the University of California San Diego discusses trash revalorization systems that can save our coastal natural resources.


8 pm // Building an Ark to Preserve Seed Diversity

Architects Phoebe Giannisi and Zissis Kotionis recount the story of The Ark: Old Seeds for New Cultures, the 2010 Venice Biennale Greek Architecture Pavilion project.


Friday, March 9

All day // ExPo continues

Noontime speaker. Screenprinting continues, times TBD.

3:30 pm // We Live Here: Writing and Living Of and Off the Natural World

Poet Camille T. Dungy discusses what poets have to say about parks and trees, animals, pet dogs, and bees.

5 – 7 pm // Refreshments

7 pm // Interacting With, Within, and Through Our Environment

Sean White, PhD, discusses interacting with nature’s hidden network of dynamic information.

8 pm // Icing on the Continent

Professor Robert Dunbar of Stanford University reports the latest climate change news and unpacks how to build better human systems.


Where did the term ecopoesis (ee-coe-poe-ee-sis) come from?


Ecopoesis is a neologism derived from the Greek to describe the creation of an ecosystem. Robert Haynes, a Canadian biophysicist, geneticist, and terraforming expert, first used the term to detail ideas of creating ecosystems on otherwise lifeless planets. For this symposium, we have adopted and adapted the term to describe how designers, scientists, artists, writers, and other thinkers are working to create human systems more compatible with Earth’s changing natural systems. This symposium is intended as the beginning of a conversation designed to ignite the development of better human systems.


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The EcoPoesis Team

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