Of elemental forces & compositional forms: recent work by Adam Bobette & Christine Shaw with respondent Etienne Turpin
This ART PANEL will feature a conversation between the educator and curator Christine Shaw, Ph.D., and the artist and landscape architect Adam Bobbette, whose recent projects engage the problems and ambiguities of the elemental and their attendant forms of composition, in relation to wind and fire, respectively. In both Shaw's curatorial project developed through her engagement with Sir Francis Beaufort's Scale of Wind Force, and Bobbette's project for a guide to the 'Combustible City' of Manhattan, there is an attempt to relate the force of the elemental to the form of composition in the work of curation and artistic practice. The discussion will be moderated by Etienne Turpin, Ph.D., whose recent work also engages themes of the elemental, primarily through his study of the Anthropocene and its legibility in Northern Ontario, Canada. The panel will develop the theme of 'the elemental' as an anticipation of and an analog to the pharmakon through an interrogation of the ambiguities, reversabilities, and elisions that the forces of the elemental make manifest. The goal of this panel is to discuss recent projects by Shaw and Bobbette that signal the strange yet productive force of elemental autoantonymics - those grandparents of the pharmakon - as they relate to current themes in aesthetics, urban ecology, and philosophy.
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