Spring 2014 Events


Ernst Karel Sound artist, Member & Staff of Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab
May 5, 4:00 p.m., Center for the Arts (CFA) Room 112

Sound artist and sound designer Ernst Karel will screen recent works including excerpts from collaborations “Single Stream” (with Pawel Pajtasik and Toby Lee) and “Leviathan” (directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel). Work will be presented in the context of the greater project of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab which was included in this year’s Whitney Bienniale.

Ernst Karel’s audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, and sound for non-fiction films. Together with Pawel Wojtasik and Toby Kim Lee, he made Single Stream, a large-scale video and four-channel audio installation commissioned by the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York in 2013. Since 1999 Karel has performed and recorded together with Kyle Bruckmann in the electroacoustic duo EKG. Films for which Karel has edited and mixed sound include Sweetgrass, Foreign Parts, Leviathan, and Yumen. His most recent albums composed with location recordings are Materials Recovery Facility, Swiss Mountain Transport Systems, and Heard Laboratories.

Beynan Ransom UB PhD Candidate in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (UB ERIE-IGERT Fellow)
April 21, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. UB Gender Institute, The Commons, Room 207
Epistemological Pluralism of Degraded Landscapes: Using Native American Toponyms in Ecosystem Restoration

Neil Patterson Founder and Director of the Tuscarora Nation Environment Program and member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force
April 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. UB Gender Institute, The Commons, Room 207
Talk Topic: Hydropower relicensing work on the Niagara River, including the recent development of a 4th grade school curriculum called “Life on the River”, using a recently excavated archeological site to explore perceptions about local indigenous culture.


Candida Girling UB Department of Visual Studies
A City Slice of Green: An Urban Intervention (2014)
(funded by the UB Techne Institute)
On view through May 25, 2014

Where are the Commons of today?

This sculptural installation is an attempt to reclaim public space and to facilitate green incursions into the concrete and steel of the city. It suggests that we have an inherent need for nature but instead find ourselves in a contemporary urban environment characterized by the triumph of consumer culture with its attendant pollution, alienation and diminished green space. The installation juxtaposes elements from the natural and urban worlds with the aim of providing a momentary respite from the mania of city life. A curved array of steel towers support four rings made to contain a variety of possible objects, such as baking tins to hold plants, solar panels to power water pumps, or objets d’art. Each ring can be positioned at various angles to the sun. The green wall is intended to be installed at a range of places in the city and will vary in size accordingly. The plants address contrasting ways that the city may be greened: there are cloned elm trees that pay homage to the trees that once lined the streets of Buffalo, vegetables to grow and eat, and weeds that find their own way to green the city, whether or not humans have had a hand in it.

Millie Chen UB Department of Visual Studies
Two Exhibitions @ the Albright Knox Gallery

Millie Chen
Tour (2013)
On view Thursday January 30 – Sunday May 18, 2014

Tour, 2014, an audio-video installation that contemplates arguably “healed” genocide sites, provokes the question: How can we sustain the memory of that which has become invisible? How can we possibly represent such horrific history and maintain the critical specificity of the local within a narrative about the global? Events that occurred over the last century retain heat as some victims and perpetrators are still alive, and justice, truth, and reconciliation processes are still underway. Yet, with the passage of this amount of time, these genocidal events are already archived as history—we have gained some distance from them, and have even started forgetting: Murambi, Rwanda (April 16–22, 1994); Choeung Ek, Cambodia (April 17, 1975–January 7, 1979); Treblinka, Poland (July 23, 1942–October 19, 1943); Wounded Knee, U.S.A. (December 29, 1890).

Millie Chen
The Miseries and Vengeance Wallpapers (2011)
On view through April 12, 2015

In The Miseries & Vengeance Wallpapers, what initially appear to be decorative walls are ultimately revealed to be a provocative dialogue between two sets of images. The exquisitely horrific imagery was culled from a set of historic prints from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection. In the seventeenth century, Jacques Callot (French, 1592–1635) produced the epic suite of etchings “The Miseries and Misfortunes of War” that documented the Thirty Years’ War. An early recorder of the atrocities of war and social injustice, Callot influenced the likes of Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828), a fellow observer of human folly and cruelty.
The Miseries & Vengeance Wallpapers improvises on the thematic rubrics established by Callot for his suite of etchings. On the Miseries wallpaper, agonized bodies have been extracted from Callot’s prints and assembled to form a disturbingly decorative pattern. On the Vengeance wallpaper, the landscapes from Callot’s etchings have been entirely emptied of bodies and presented as vacated/evacuated terrain, leaving only land and built structures like buildings and torture devices.

Joan Linder UB Department of Visual Studies
April 11, 4:00 p.m. Scholars@Hallwalls (Hallwalls: 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY)
(sponsored by the Humanities Institute)
Love Canal: A Drawing Project

“Love Canal: A Drawing Project – is a large, room-sized, landscape drawing of Love Canal, one of twenty-two toxic sites listed on the EPA’s website in Niagara and Erie counties. The history of our regional terrain, its use and misuse are an integral part of the economic development and collapse of the area. This project takes a slow look at the man-made environmental atrocity that prompted the creation of “Superfund” and now exists like an unmarked grave, a mundane field grown over with wild flowers and a chain link fence. Close observation, fundamental to the drawing process, will reveal subtle and not so subtle clues to the history of the site. The studio, a cube truck, allows the artwork to be created on location. In a culture hyper-saturated by electronic imagery, using traditional materials, quill pens and bottles of ink—I situate myself in specific places and create large-scale images, exploring the sub-technological processes of embodied observation and mark making. Working with drawing on heroic scale this work situates itself between the tradition of American plein air and heroic landscape painters such as Albert Bierstadt, Asian scroll painting, and contemporary artists such as Rackstraw Downes and Dawn Clements. The work will culminate in an exhibition and the mobile studio will be open to the public while I am working.”

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Schedule of Events for Fall 2013

Theme: Native American & Indigenous Perspectives

photo credit: Bill Gilbert

1:00 p.m., The Gender Institute, The Commons, Room 207
Dr. Caroline Funk, Research Assistant Professor, UB Department of Anthropology

Dr. Funk is an archaeologist who works to understand the intersection of cultural landscapes/seascapes and the physical environment. She works within a broad socionatural theoretical approach that incorporates the influence of indigenous identities on their recursive negotiations with the natural environment. She is concerned that culturally mediated data from the Aleut archaeological record is being utilized in Northern climate change studies and active restoration ecology projects without a critical examination of the role of Aleuts in the formation of that record. Her collaborative research about the Aleut past and environmental history in the Western Aleutian Islands (Alaska) brings together data from archaeological analyses, oral- and ethnohistory, ethnography, oceanography, sea mammal demography, food web ecology, geology, geomorphology, and paleopalynology.

6:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Room 112 Auditorium:
Bill Gilbert Professor of Art & Ecology, Lannan Chair, University of New Mexico
Founder and Director of Land Arts of the American West Program

Bill Gilbert completed his undergraduate work in studio art at Swarthmore College and Pitzer College. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 1978 and has served on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico since 1988 where he holds the Lannan Chair as director of the Land Arts of the American West program. Gilbert is co-founder of the new Art & Ecology emphasis in studio art. Gilbert has exhibited his place-based, mixed media installation and video works internationally since 1981. He has participated in collaborative projects resulting in exhibitions in US, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, and Canada. Gilbert received a Lila Wallace Arts International Grant in 1994 to work with the Quichua people of Ecuador and has curated numerous exhibitions and written essays regarding the work of indigenous artists from the US Pueblos, Juan Mata Ortiz, Mexico, and Pastaza, Ecuador.

3:00 p.m., Center for the Arts, Room 112, Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Haudenosaunee and Native American Research Workshop
Dr. Jolene Rickard Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the American Indian Program, Cornell University

Jolene Rickard, Ph.D. is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is the Director for the American Indian Program at Cornell University and an associate professor in the History of Art and Visual Studies and Art Departments. Recent essays include “The Emergence of Global Indigenous Art” in Sakahan: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, 2013, “Visualizing Sovereignty in the Time of Biometric Sensors,” in The South Atlantic Quarterly: Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law, 110:2, Spring 2011, “Skin Seven Spans Thick,” in Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor, NMAI: DC, 2010, “Absorbing or Obscuring the Absence of a Critical Space in the Americas for Indigeneity: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian,” in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, No. 52, Autumn, 2007, and Rebecca Belmore: Fountain by Jolene Rickard and Jessica Bradley, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada, 2005.

Recent projects include; Advisor – “Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art”, at the National Gallery of Canada in 2013, Cornell/Duke 54th Venice Biennale Dialogue (Italy) 2011, Banff Residency-Painter House Conversations (Canada) 2010, Te Tihi Scholar/Artist Gathering (New Zealand) 2010, Ford Foundation Research Grant, 2008-11 and co-curator for the inaugural exhibition for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.) 2004.
Jolene is from the Tuscarora Nation territories in western New York.

Friday, All day, 240 Student Union
Haudensaunee Research Symposium
Organized & sponsored by the Haudenosaunee & Native American Research Workshop

10:00 a.m., The Gender Institute, The Commons, Room 207
Dr. Alice Hovorka Associate Professor and Department Head, University of Guelph

My research program broadly explores human-environment relationships and is theoretically informed by feminist, poststructuralist and posthumanist philosophical perspectives. I currently explore how animals shape human society. We cannot understand human affairs and relations without recognizing the ways in which animals are wrapped up with social constructions, organizations and dynamics. How do we think about animals? Where do we put them and where do they belong? How do we interact with them? Are these human-animal relations good, bad, otherwise? Chickens, donkeys, cattle, wild dogs and elephants in Botswana serve as case studies exploring the positionality of animals as influential actors.

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Final Meeting of LAD for Spring 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Gender Institute, Room 207, The Commons
William Meyer, Post-doctoral Fellow, IEMA
(Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology)

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Landscape Across the Disciplines: A Symposium



MAP TO VENUES: UB North Campus
101 DAVIS HALL (see #37)

Exhibition Reception APRIL 4:
UB Lockwood Memorial Library Second Floor Lobby
Reception April 4, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: https://www.ubevents.org/event/landscape13
Registration includes lunch and coffee on both days, plus bus transit to Buffalo Waterfront and walking tour of Silo City guided by Professor Emerita Lynda Schneekloth, UB Architecture / Buffalo Riverkeeper.

This two-day SUNY ‘Conversation’ on Landscape Across the Disciplines provides a platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research, criticism, debate, and exchange around the subject of landscape as it spans the arts, humanities, and sciences (natural, social, and cognitive). Presentations will include scientists, artists, humanities scholars, activists and designers whose work intersects with this topic in new and challenging ways.

Landscape Across the Disciplines: A Symposium grows out of a recently established Research Workshop sponsored by the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute. With this event we extend the conversation to include scholars, researchers, and practitioners from across the SUNY system and beyond, including:

Keynote lectures
Edward Casey (Philosopher, SUNY Stony Brook)
Friday, April 5, 2:00 p.m., Student Union Theater

Lucy Lippard (Arts Writer and Activist, Galisteo, New Mexico)
Friday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., 101 Davis Hall Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Peter Del Tredici (Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum; Associate Professor, Harvard University)
Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m., 101 Davis Hall Auditorium

Additional SUNY speakers include:
Millie Chen (UB Visual Studies)
Susan Dieterlen (SUNY Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Landscape Architecture)
Wendy Miller (SUNY Cortland, Geography)
Lynda Schneekloth (UB Architecture and Planning)
T.L. Thurston / Amber Anderson (UB Anthropoogy)
Teri Rueb (UB Media Study)
David Mark (UB Geography)

Speakers selected from the Call for Proposals include:
Jill Desimini, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Beynan Ransom, University at Buffalo / NSF-IGERT
Margaret Konkol, Georgia Institute of Technology
Melissa Clarke and Genevieve Hoffman, New York University
Paul Lloyd Sargent, University at Buffalo / Media Study

Exhibition Artists / Designers selected from the Call for Proposals include:
Melissa Clarke and Genevieve Hoffman, Laura Curry, Jordan Dalton, Laura Garofalo, Sarah Kanouse, Raquel Ladensack, Paul Lloyd Sargent, Angela Washko, and Ripley Whiteside.

Main Conference Location: University at Buffalo, North Campus
April 5
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Student Union Theater
April 5
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Keynote: Lucy Lippard, 101 Davis Hall Auditorium (free and open to the public)
April 6
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., all events at 101 Davis Hall Auditorium

UB Lockwood Memorial Library Second Floor Lobby
Reception April 4, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Conference Registration ($65 Full Registration, $40 Student Rate) includes lunch, coffee and bus to Buffalo Waterfront and walking tour of Silo City on Saturday afternoon.
Please register at:

This conference is sponsored by the Conversations in the Disciplines Program of the State University of New York. Additional funding has been generously provided by:
UB Humanities Institute
UB Gender Institute
Department of Media Study
Department of Geography
Department of Visual Studies
Department of Architecture
UB Art Galleries
UB Libraries
Open Air Institute

For futher information please contact:
David Mark (dmark@buffalo.edu) or Teri Rueb (terirueb@buffalo.edu)

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Special Event

Professor Jill Desimini (Harvard University, Landscape Architecture) will present on the exhibition she recently curated titled
Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary

March 5, 2013
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
CFA 232 (North Campus)

More about the exhibition:

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Spring 2013 Schedule

Regular LAD Meetings (Wednesdays)
All to be held at The Gender Institute, The Commons, Room 207, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

January 31 Tom Bittner, UB Philosophy / UB Geography, “The Essence of a Landscape”
February 20 Scott Mackay, UB Geography, “Ecosystem Patterns and Processes: Points, Paint-by-numbers, and Spatial Continua”
March 20 Graduate Student Roundtable / Workshop
April 24 William Meyer, Post-doctoral Fellow, IEMA (Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology)
IEMA Profile Page

CID Symposium: Landscape Across the Disciplines
April 5 & 6
Keynote Speakers: Edward Casey (SUNY Stonybrook Philosophy); Lucy Lippard (Independent Art / Archaeology Writer): Peter Del Tredici (Harvard Arnold Arboretum)

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CFP Landscape Across the Disciplines Symposium

We are pleased to release the Call for Proposals for the upcoming symposium on “Landscape Across the Disciplines” to be held on April 5 & 6, 2013 (sponsored by SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines). DEADLINE: February 5, 2013. Please submit your work and help us spread the word!

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Colleen Culleton to speak at next LAD Meeting on Wednesday December 5 10:00-12:00 @ The Gender Institute

Colleen Culleton
Associate Professor of Spanish and Catalan Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

The Landscape in the Background:
Envisioning Territory in Contemporary Catalonia

This project explores the intersection of literary, cultural, political, and environmental discourses about water in Catalonia. Water’s presence on the landscape is a prominent feature in Catalan cultural production, which, in turn, is a significant medium for the articulation of what it means to be Catalan. Is it impossible to ignore the idealization of the rural, the romanticization of landscape, and the nostalgia for a way of life that foments a sense of connectedness to place, which inform representations of the Catalan territory in contemporary media. One might read this as an obvious political gesture for this Stateless nation, especially given the very recent discussions of Catalonia’s secession from Spain. However those who take a sentimentalized approach to the landscape are missing something, for while they celebrate the territory, they leave out the tourists and the trash. The sense of territorial identity that underlies nostalgic evocations of charming rural traditions and images of postcard ready landscapes meets with compelling responses, in the arts and in environmental care, from on-the-ground approaches that have little patience for sentiment.

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Save the Date . . .

6th IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference
13-14 April 2013
Greiner Hall, Ground Level
North Campus, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Organized by: Dr. Will Meyer 2012-2013 Post-Doctoral Scholar
Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA)
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Save the Date . . .

Landscape Across the Disciplines Symposium:  April 5 & 6, 2013

Sponsored by a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Grant 
Keynote speakers include:  Edward Casey, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Stonybrook; Lucy Lippard, Independent Arts Writer, Galisteo, New Mexico; Peter Del Tredici, Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum & Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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