Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Land(un)locked
  • Lecture
  • 3/31/2016
  • 18:00-19:00
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons
Event Description
Los Angeles-based artist, curator, and researcher Steve Rowell explores the intersection of technology and culture, and society’s interventions on, beneath, and above the landscape. Appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer, he contextualizes the built environment with the surrounding medium of nature through still and moving images, maps, and sound installations. Join Rowell for a discussion of current and recent sites under investigation—from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to remote sensing labs, to sites of water extraction in California—and the ways that artistic research can reveal their stories. Taking the long view, Rowell offers a meditation on the tangled relationship between advancement of society and environmental sustainability. Before the talk, between noon and 6 PM, grab a bag of free popcorn and view a series of Rowell's short films in the mini-cinema set up inside the KU Mobile Collaboratory (moCOLAB), a modified airstream trailer parked in front of the Kansas Union. Films range between 6 and 30 minutes.