Join SPARC in welcoming Dr. Nathalie Blanc, the director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research, for a off-campus lecture at the home of SPARC Fellow Barbara Benish. Dr. Blanc will deliver a lecture titled "Aesthetics and Environments: Interdisciplinary Issues" followed by a discussion facilitated by Barbara Benish about her project the SS Palo Alto art park, which seeks to teach visitors to Seacliff State Beach about ocean sustainability. Ms's. Blanc and Benish are currently co-authoring a book on Art and the Environment. Off-campus lecture hosted by SPARC Fellow Barbara Benish at 707 Spring Street, Santa Cruz, CA. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Nathalie Blanc is Director of Research (DR) at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France. Her PhD. is in Urban Geography, with main research interests in Urban Environment; Nature in Cities; Environmental Aesthetics, including dozens of articles and several books (Animals and the city, O. Jacob, 2000), (Towards an environmental aesthetic, Quae, 2008; Ecoplasties.Practices and thoughts of art and ecology, éd. Manuella, 2010; New Urban Aesthetics, Armand Colin, 2012). Since 2008, she is Co-Director of the program “Assessment of greenways and elaboration of a frame of reference: an infrastructure between aesthetic and ecology owards a new urbanity” of the call for projects ANR 2008, Sustainable City. Since May, 2011 she is the French Delegate of the pan-european project COST, involving 14 countries, which concerns Investigating cultural sustainability, (European Cooperation Brussels in the field of Scientific and Technical Research – COST IS1007). The convergence of the preoccupations of nature in cities, and of the aesthetic become particularly concrete in 2009 by the participation to an activity qualified as eco‐artistic. It is followed by an important activity in the matter of social and sound poetry.