MA Art and Environment Programme Launch

MA Art and Environment Programme Launch

On Friday 9 October 2020, TU Dublin School of Creative Arts launches the MA Art and Environment in partnership with Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre and Sherkin Island Development Society.

The MA Art and Environment is a unique Archipelagic Masters Programme located in the West Cork archipelago which aims to explore environmental art at a time of planetary transition.

To mark the significance of this event, TU Dublin has brought together key thinkers and actors in the field of Relational Aesthetics, Environmental Art and Island Studies.

1.45 - 2.00 > Introduction: MA Art and Environment > Dr. Glenn Loughran
2.00 - 3.00 > Keynote > Curator Nicolas Bourriuad
4.00 - 5.00 > Island Imaginaries In the Anthropocene > Prof. Elizabeth DeLoughrey
5.00 - 6.00 > Anthropocene Islands > Prof. Jonathan Pugh and David Chandler
6.00 - 7.00 > After Oceanic > Artist Sean Connelly

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be conducted in the format of a live webinar hosted on Zoom. To attend using Zoom platform, please sign up for one or more of the presentations above on Eventbrite

Curator and critic Nicolas Bourriaud will present on:
Patterns of the Anthropocene: Exclusions and Inclusions in Contemporary Art
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre / Zoom
2.00 - 3.00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be conducted in the format of a live webinar hosted on Zoom. To attend using Zoom platform, please sign up on Eventbrite

Nicolas Bourriaud is a curator and writer. He is the curator of the 16th Istanbul Biennial (2019) and director of Montpellier Contemporain (MoCo), an institution he created, gathering the La Panacée Art Centre, the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the future MoCo Museum. He was the director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 2011 to 2015. From 2010 to 2011, he headed the studies department at the Ministry of Culture in France. He was Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in London from 2007 to 2010 and founder advisor for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev. He also founded and co-directed the Palais de Tokyo, Paris between 1999 and 2006.

Nicolas’ recent exhibitions include Crash Test, La Panacée (2018); Back to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée (2017); Wirikuta, MECA Aguascalientes, Mexico (2016); The Great Acceleration / Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial (2014); The Angel of History, Palais des Beaux-Arts (2013); Monodrome, Athens Biennial (2011) and Altermodern, Tate Triennial, London (2009). Nicolas Bourriaud was also in the curatorial team of the first and second Moscow Biennials in 2005 and 2007. His selected books are The Exform (Verso, 2016); Radicant (Sternberg Press, 2009); Postproduction (Lukas & Sternberg, 2002); Formes de vie: L’art moderne et l’invention de soi (Denoel, 1999) and Relational Aesthetics (Presses du reel, 1998).


From UCLA, Island Studies Professor Elizabeth DeLoughrey will present on:
Island Imaginaries in the Anthropocene
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre / Zoom
4.00 - 5.00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be conducted in the format of a live webinar hosted on Zoom. To attend using Zoom platform, please sign up on Eventbrite

Professor Elizabeth DeLoughrey has appointments in the English Department and the UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. She is the founder and coordinator of the UCLA Postcolonial Literature and Theory Colloquium and is co-editor for the online open access journal Environmental Humanities . Her scholarship has been supported by institutions such as the ACLS, NEH, Rockefeller, Mellon Foundation, UCLA Global Studies Program, Fulbright, UC Humanities Research Institute, and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (2007), and co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture(2005); Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment(2011); and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches(2015).  Her book, Allegories of the Anthropocene (2019), examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts and was published by Duke University Press in 2019.

Elizabeth teaches postcolonial and indigenous literature courses on the environment, globalization, the politics of food, and the Anthropocene and climate change, with a focus on women’s literature of the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. In 2012-2013 she coordinated the Global Ecologies: Nature/Narrative/Neoliberalism Conference at UCLA [podcast here], a workshop on Pacific Island militarization at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and a workshop on Imperialism, Narrative and the Environment at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, Munich.

Elizabeth is interested in postcolonial and indigenous approaches to the environmental humanities; island studies, Anthropocene and climate change, militarization and nuclearization, critical ocean studies, feminist and critical theory; Caribbean and Pacific Island literatures and art.


Jonathan Pugh / David Chandler will present on:
Anthropocene Islands: A critical agenda for Island Studies in the Anthropocene
Uillinn. West Cork Arts Center / Zoom
5.00 – 6.00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be conducted in the format of a live webinar hosted on Zoom. To attend using Zoom platform, please sign up on Eventbrite

Jonathan Pugh's main areas of research are islands and archipelagos. He is particularly noted for his development of what has come to be known as the 'relational turn' in islands studies, producing a number of influential publications examining how contemporary scholarship disrupts insular and isolated island geographies. More recently, Jonathan has extended this concern for island relations to focus upon how island relations are being reconfigured in the Anthropocene. Islands are the emblematic figure of the Anthropocene, and Jonathan has produced a number of papers on this topic which position and explore how islands studies can trouble and critically speak back to wider debates about the Anthropocene.

To this end, he is presently working on a monograph which makes the claim for, and examines schematic shifts in island ontology, politics and ethics in the Anthropocene. Entitled Anthropocene Islands: new approaches to ontology, politics and ethics this book will explore and critique how island relations are being reconfigured through dominant debates and practices associated with the Anthropocene; through for example, influential tropes of resilience, eco-island technologies, indigeneity, posthumanist and speculative ontologies (Rowman & Littlefield - Rethinking the Island Series).

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster. He is the founding editor of a number of journals and book series, including: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding; Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses; Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding; Routledge Advances in Democratic Theory; and Routledge Studies in Resilience. David is the author of a number of monographs, including: Ontopolitics in the Anthropocene: An Introduction to Mapping, Sensing and Hacking (Routledge, 2018); Peacebuilding: The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1997-2017 (Palgrave, 2016); The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptation and Vulnerability (with Julian Reid) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); Resilience: The Governance of Complexity (Routledge, 2014); Freedom vs. Necessity in International Relations: Human-Centred Approaches to Security and Development (Zed Books, March 2013); and International Statebuilding: The Rise of Post-Liberal Governance (Routledge, 2010).

His research interests focus on analysis of policy interventions in the international arena, including humanitarianism, statebuilding and the promotion of resilience. He is also interested in contemporary theories challenging the anthropocentrism of modernist thought, particularly in relation to the Anthropocene, the ontopolitics of critique and new technologies, including algorithmic governance, sensorial assemblages and Big Data.


From Hawaii, artist Sean Connelly will present on:
After Oceanic
Uillinn. West Cork Arts Center / Zoom
6.00 – 7.00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be conducted in the format of a live webinar hosted on Zoom. To attend using Zoom platform, please sign up on Eventbrite

Sean Connelly is a Pacific Islander American architect, artist, and urbanist. He holds a doctorate of architecture from the University of Hawaiʻi and a masters in design in landscape, urbanism, and ecology from Harvard University (with concentrations in real estate development, city making, and urban economics). Sean is the author and producer of Hawai’i Futures, a virtual intervention for island urbanism. The project is often referenced as an education tool in curriculum around Hawai‘i and beyond, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Sean’s work also includes the sculptures A Small Area of Land for ii Gallery, and Land Division for the Honolulu Museum of Art. Forthcoming projects include an installation for the Honolulu Biennial, an installation for Contact Hawai’i, a new-media project named HI-Atlas, a publication titled Hydraulic Islands, and a collaboration with OMA on a publication about architecture and global food systems.

Sean's work recognises the significance of locality and place in illuminating the enduring impact of entwined histories and shifting alignments among the native, local, and global. For him, Hawaiʻi’s built environment and material culture act as a solid anchor to register the islands’ Asian and Indigenous presences, and to gesture to the development of a local, hybrid vernacular architectural vocabulary.

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