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  1. Catherine Grau, co-curator of Chance Ecologies

    Since 2015, the artists of Chance Ecologies have been creatively engaging the post-industrial waterfront of Queens, New York. Their work has included seed collecting, interactive mapping, experimental filmmaking, guerrilla archaeological digs, and public participatory actions in off-limits areas. Though not necessarily intended as documentary, the artworks created by Chance Ecologies have helped to capture the story of endangered landscapes and species, as the city’s last unprotected pockets of unmanaged wilderness are turned over to developers and bulldozed.

    This event will dig into the role of artists and citizens in engaging the history of pollution and neglect that has shaped our current version of urban “nature.” As the environment continues to be radically reshaped by human impacts, including globalization and climate change, how can we creatively investigate these fragile landscapes? And in the face of global mass extinction, how do we create empathy for the forgotten species in our own backyards?


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