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New Photography: Lecture Series . Susannah Sayler . The Canary Project: Art and the Anthropocene

Wed, Jan 28, 2015, 5:00 pm to Thu, Jan 29, 2015, 5:59 pm
DARC 230

New Photography: Lecture Series
A series of artist’s Talks and Presentations at UCSC Art Department – Winter 2015
Susannah Sayler,  Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, to present: 
The Canary Project: Art and the Anthropocene

Wednesday, January 28, 9am-10am Digital Arts Research Center, Rm 230


Talk Description

Sayler will discuss her work in relation to the Anthropocene, a term proposed by scientists to describe our current geologic epoch – one in which humans have a dominant impact on ecosystems.  The concept suggests a radical rethinking of nature and our place within it.  Sayler considers what the role of an artist can be in productively addressing the challenges of this “new nature.” 



Susannah Sayler works with photography, video, installation and open-source projects. Of primary concern are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness and the possibilities for art within a social activist practice. In 2006 she co-founded The Canary Project - a collaborative that produces art and mediathat deepen public understanding of the Anthropocene.  Sayler is currently a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and Fellow at The Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment.  In 2008-2009 she was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.