ARS Research Colloquia Series of the UT Dallas ATEC/EMAC Programs
Art Rendevous Science
The Force Majeure
Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison
The Harrison Studio
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Noon
ATEC Conference Room, ATC 2.807
Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison will be talking and sharing their work that addresses the accelerating transaction between aspects of the Global Warming phenomenon and their interaction with the many ecosystems that are under stress or in actual turbulence from over-demand by human activity. The work envisions a counter to the reduction of production and consumption due to market contraction and turbulence that mirrors the shrinking productivity and wellbeing of the world ocean and many other overstressed planetary sub-systems. Their Force Majeure work is designed to make clear, albeit in a very simple way, that subcontinents and countries that inhabit them are not equipped conceptually, legally, or structurally to meet a future shaped by such a force.
Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.
The Harrison’s concept of art embraces a breathtaking range of disciplines. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.
Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture and forestry issues among others. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have often led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations throughout the United States and Europe.
The ATEC/EMAC Colloquium Committee welcomes suggestions for speakers visiting the metroplex or from the metroplex. Please send your suggestions to one of the Colloquium Committee Members: Professors Roger Malina and Mihai Nadin; co-chairs: Paul Fishwick, Mona Kasra and Bonnie Pitman.