Caroline Jones and Rebecca Uchill to deliver Keynotes at Technical Landscapes Conference

On Thursday, April 6th, Caroline A Jones, MIT Professor of Art History, and Rebecca Uchill, MIT Center for Art Science & Technology Postdoctoral Fellow, along with Harvard University Professor Peter Galison, will be the opening keynote panel for the graduate student conference “Technical Landscapes: Aesthetics and the Environment in the History of Science and Art” at 6 pm, in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard University. PhD candidate Albert Lopez will be delivering a paper entitled "Communicative Landscapes: Images and Infrastructures of Integration in Mexico, 1938-1958” as part of Saturday, April 8th’s “Scaling Infrastructure” panel, 12:30 pm, Thompson Room, Barker Center. 

As part of the companion events, Rebecca Uchill is conducting a ticketed workshop titled “Out of Place: From Site-Specificity to Political Timing-Specificity” with artist Tania Bruguera, a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The event is on Friday, April 7 starting at 3 pm hosted by the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

“Technical Landscapes” draws conceptually on Uchill and Jones’s Fall 2016 HTC course Landscape Experience, which explored ‘land’ as a complex medium and abstraction operating across art and architectural history.

The conference, co-organized by HTC PhD candidate Walker Downey, and Harvard students Leah Aronowsky and Brad Bolman, will critically interrogate sites and spaces where human intervention—whether technological, scientific, or artistic—has led to a breakdown of the "natural" and "cultural" as stable categories. The conference is free and open to the public and registration is encouraged.

Image Description:  In Aug 2016, students from Jones and Uchill’s Landscape Experience class and Galison’s Technical Lands class explore Michael Heizer’s 1969-1970 Nevada earthwork Double Negative.