A SymbioticA Symposium
November 26 to 28 2010
A symposium exploring the possibilities and difficulties of theÂ diversity of life through critical investigations in art, ecology andÂ activism.
The ecology of biodiversity is based upon an uncertain definition,Â incomplete statistics and the need to act in a world without balance.Â While multiple flora and fauna databases have being established andÂ are being coordinated, there is an urgent need to engage even moreÂ proactively with complex ecosystems and human responses. Artists,Â scientists, humanities scholars and conservationists will comeÂ together to talk of the â€˜matters of concernâ€™ around the potentials andÂ futures of biodiversity.
Confirmed Speakers include Professor Bruce Clarke (Professor ofÂ Literature and Science, Department of English, Texas Tech University),Â Professor Timothy Morton(Professor of English (Literature and theÂ Environment), Department of English, University of California, Davis),Â Associate Professor Anas Ghadouani (School of Environmental SystemsÂ Engineering, The University of Western Australia), Greg Pryor (ArtistÂ and Lecturer, School of Communications and Arts, Faculty of EducationÂ and the Arts, Edith Cowan University), Dr Lesley Instone (Lecturer,Â School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and
Information Technology, Newcastle University) and British Artists DrÂ BryndÃs SnÃ¦bjÃ¶rnsdÃ³ttir and Mark Wilson.
Dates: Friday 26 November to Sunday 28 November
Locations: Perth and Mandurah, Western Australia
Registration: Symposium sessions free but please RSVP for cateringÂ purposesÂ firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for contemporary artworks for a survey of examples:
Artist whoseÂ work explores the idea of biodiversity are invited to post links toÂ their work under the following categories or email an image andÂ paragraph of text to:Â email@example.com
- 1. as a concept or idea (eg taxonomy and classification, issues ofÂ scale in ecology, resilience)
- 2. as an issue (habitat loss, over-exploitation of resources, alienÂ species, pollution and climate change)
- 3. as a way of thinking â€” diversity (human/nonhuman), complexityÂ and interconnectedness, compositionist strategies (Latour), resilience