MLA+U ‘GROUND’ Conversation Series: Archival grounds
- Thursday, April 08, 2021
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With support from The Grant & Shaya Kirkpatrick Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Leadership Fund
The ground is a material register. It is an archive of climate events, tectonic action, erosive and sedimentary force in geologic time. It archives biotic presence and extinction. It serves as both witness and material testimony to human deeds and misdeeds that have occurred on very specific grounds (ground zeros) - often deemed hallowed. The ground holds the traces of past presences - memories of hands that worked it and the bodies buried within it. This conversation will feature these multifaceted considerations of the ground as material record.
Professor of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research
AYANA OMILADE FLEWELLEN
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Knowlton School and cofounder, Present Practice
Director, Humanities Action Lab, Rutgers University School of Arts & Sciences-Newark
Program Manager, The Center for Land Use Interpretation; Independent Curator
About the MLA+U ‘GROUND’ Conversation Series
An interdisciplinary series on the ground’s many manifestations and meanings.
While a primary medium for landscape architects’ physical intervention, the ground has remained muted in discourse and action despite its many manifestations and capacities – to stir, to connect, to remember, as well as to expose and destabilize. This multifaceted explorative series aims to excavate the ground for these manifestations and meanings to better understand how we (humans) situate ourselves in the world and in relation to each other, to our pasts, and to the more-than-human - materials, systems, species. We explore its significance as a noun (the ground; a material), a verb (to ground; its agency), and an adjective (to be grounded; situated). In particular, the series will consider the ground as both a site of exploitation and extraction, as well as resistance and creativity. The series of conversations, exhibition and field happenings focused on questions of landscape and its varied grounds, integrates activists, designers, artists, scholars, scientists, environmentalists with diverse and intersectional identities.