Expanded Ecologies

  • Image: Misha Davydov, Who Bent the Tall Grasses, 2023

Expanded Ecologies

M.F.A. Open Call Curated by Zachary Korol Gold


May 20 - June 10, 2023

Opening Reception: Sat., May 20 at 2 p.m.
with performances by Devin Wilson, and Laura Li with Chinese Artists and Organizers (CAO) Collective members' huiyin zhou and fran yu

Beall Center for Art + Technology

Ecology has become generalized. What began as a natural science discipline that investigated the relations between an organism and its environment has become a general worldview that posits relations themselves as ontological. Karen Barad’s “intra-action,” Bruno Latour’s “actor-network theory,” Donna Haraway’s “string figures,” Jane Bennett’s “vital matter,” Deleuze and Guattari’s “rhizome,” and Rachel Carson’s “web of life” each focus attention on the interactions, communications, and exchanges between beings and things. With relations as foundational, things start to disintegrate. Beings become porous, their boundaries indistinct, as organisms are understood to be contingent within kaleidoscopic webs of life. How do these conditions open the field of art production? How do they foreclose it?

Zachary Benson
Brian Bowman
Misha Davydov
Anastasia Denos
Lauren Goldenberg
Omar Costa Hamido

    Laura Li
Davora Martine Lindner
Andy Montiel-Phillips
Alyssa Rogers
Liz Stringer
Grant Speich
Devin Wilson

Beall Center for Art + Technology’s new Art + Ecology offerings recognize that technology isn’t the only “art plus” intersection worth exploring. We’re approaching our 25th anniversary and—like the world around us—we will need to adapt to thrive. Expanded Ecologies is the third event in a sequence of programming experiments that began with our Winter/Spring 2022 speaker series and continued with sponsorship with the graduate seminar Arts at Burns Piñon.

Image: Misha Davydov, Who Bent the Tall Grasses, 2023; Four archival pigment prints, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist


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Saturday May 20, 2023, 12:00 pm to Saturday Jun 10, 2023, 6:00 pm
Saturday Jun 10, 2023, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Reception Date: 
Saturday May 20, 2023, 2:00 pm