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Environmental Art Lecture Series - Isabel Beavers

Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
355 Linden Street, Santa Cruz CA

DEEP/FAKE: artificial ecologies, ameliorative tech + collaboration

March 5th 11:00am - 12:30pm

FINAL LOCATION CHANGE: 355 Linden Street, Santa Cruz CA

The environmental artist of the future is acutely attuned to science, interrogates inherited lineages of thought, ruptures inequitable systems, and imagines more equitable futures. Artist Isabel Beavers presents recent work that probes our cultural responses to climate change by exposing inequitable systems of thought and exploring the use of emerging technology for both scientific research and artistic expression.

Recent projects investigate Arctic melt, Norse mythology, California mega-fires, Mars colonization, and artificial ecologies. Using High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT), satellite data, drone technology, and AI the work examines the simultaneous destructive and ameliorative capacities of emerging tech in the face of climate change. How do we utilize new technologies to create positive feedback between the arts and sciences? How can artists add to scientific and environmental knowledges? What collaborative potentialities exist across disciplines? What are our climate futures?

Isabel Beavers is a multi-media artist and educator based in Los Angeles. Her work explores ecologies, examines environmental histories and postulates about climate futures through multimedia installation + new media. Beavers’ work has been presented, exhibited, and screened at New York Hall of Science (2020), CultureHub LA (2020), SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery (2020), MIT Museum (2019), Icebox Project Space (2019), Framingham State University (2018), Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin Thaer-Institut (2018), Mountain Time Arts (2017), Emerson Media Arts Center (2017) among others. She has held workshops at the Hammer Museum (2020) and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (2019). She holds an MFA from the SMFA at Tufts University and a BS from the University of Vermont. She is currently a 2019-20 Resident Artist with CultureHub LA and 2020 SciArt Ambassador with SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery.