Art NOW series presents Katherine Lawless and David Janzen
Soil Water Sunlight: Reattuning to the Natural World through Relational Media
12 pm MT | March 24, 2023
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome
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Katherine Lawless is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in critical theory and Associate Professor in the Centre for Global Studies at Huron University. She is interested in environmental aesthetics and politics, relational ontologies, conceptions of the good life, and radical social transformation. Her current research, funded by the New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration grant, explores the idea of soil as a relational medium through community engaged research in three field sites: Yukon, Alberta, and Ontario. Her previous research investigated the relationship between cultural memory and material histories of dispossession. She is highly engaged in public-facing work, agriculture, and community development. She is currently a member of the Complex Adaptive Systems Lab (Western) and the Soil Care Network (UK), and she serves on the board of directors for R.O.S.E., a Land Care Association.
David Janzen writes, teaches, and creates on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples. His research, writing and art spans genres and media, including poetry, sound art, music, and philosophy. Recent work includes: a poetry chapbook titled nature : nurture, which explores daily rhythms of raising an infant in the midst of climate catastrophe; Soil as a Relational Medium, a research project that examines how we can relate to soil in more sustainable ways; and rivertime a collaborative project that uses canoeing to help us rethink our relationship to colonial histories of Canadian rivers. David lives in London, Ontario, with his family and teaches at the University of Waterloo.
Thank you to the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery for their collaboration on this presentation.
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