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Natural Discourse: Fire!
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, CA
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Natural Discourse: Fire!
Natural Discourse: Fire!

Friday September 30, 2016
Lecture and opening reception 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Saturday October 1, 2016 symposium 9 am to 4:00 pm
at the
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Speakers dinner at the MorYork Gallery 4959 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Mesmerizing, destructive, seductive, powerful fire is a natural occurrence in the chaparral landscape of Southern CA. Used by native peoples to manipulate the land, fire has become a feared destroyer of real estate. Contemporary fire ecologists are working to change the narrative of destruction and help us understand the ecological importance of letting things burn. Join a group of fascinating speakers to explore our profound relationship with this primeval force. Artists, scientists and thinkers will present talks on ancient pyrotechnology, fire based ecologies, Burning Man, the Alberta Tar Sands, fireworks and more.

Dinner at the MorYork Gallery following the symposium is not included in this ticket. Tickets for dinner can be purchased separately below.

Lecture Friday 7:30 to 8:30 pm Sept 30, 2016

The symposium Natural Discourse: Fire kicks off Friday evening with John Doyle's overview of this subject that touches on everything in human evolution for 2 million years. Mia Feuer's monumental sculptures make connections between our intense material dependency and the accelerated environmental impact this creates. In 2013, Mia gained unprecedented access to the Alberta Tar Sands of Fort McMurray to conduct sculptural research. Mia will discuss how she accessed the site, the human relationships she made there, the environmental horrors she witnessed and the work she created before and how this ongoing investigation has transformed her entire practice.


Friday speakers:
John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, EE, and BioEng at Caltech
Mia Feuer, artist, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at CA College of the Arts

Saturday speakers:
Thomas Fenn, Director of the Yale Center for Ancient Pyro-technology
George Bennett, photographer, will talk about fire at the Wing House in Malibu
Erica Newman, fire ecologist will talk about fire and the chaparral
William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment  at the Nevada Museum of Art, will talk about Burning Man and the Yosemite Fire Fall
Sara Hiner, musician and Eric Elias, pyro-technician, will talk about their collaboration on the fireworks at Hollywood Bowl
Mark Briggs, river ecologist with the World Wildlife Funds Rio Grande/Bravo Programs about controlled burns on the US/Mexican border

Saturday dinner:
Join us Saturday from 5:00 to 8:30 for the speakers dinner at the MorYork Gallery, Clare Graham's modern day 'Wunderkammer'. The gallery, housed in what was a supermarket on York Blvd, is the home of Clare's personal collection of "oddities and sculptural masterpieces". We will enjoy a buffet style dinner and glass of wine, continuing the conversation and wandering through this magical environment. MorYork 4959 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (View)
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
United States

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