University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Antipodal Intent: Creative Strategies for Environmental Quandaries

August 6, 2018  by: Mark Snyder

Antipodal Intent: Creative Strategies for Environmental Quandaries

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 5-7pm
Dept. of Art Lower Art Gallery
B45 Center for the Arts, North Campus
University at Buffalo


Kyle deCamp, Barnard College, Columbia University

“Urban Renewal”

“Urban Renewal” is a multimedia solo performance on perception, public policy, and the significance of the buildings we live in, from a child’s unsentimental point of view. It maps an experience of growing up in Chicago in the chaotic 60s, caught in the crosshairs of power and history. The performance animates childhood on a block razed by the last demolition of urban renewal in Hyde Park and the devastating aftermath, in a polyvalent conversation with world history, politics, urban planning and the land we live on. The results of planning, or no planning at all, still reverberate. “Urban Renewal” will be presented in video form for the symposium.


Nicholas Rajkovich, Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo

“Top-down, bottom-up, or middle-out? Adaptive approaches to a changing climate”

‘Citizen science’ is often defined as the collection of scientific data by the general public, typically conducted in collaboration with professional researchers. However, in the absence of action on issues like climate change by state and federal governments, the acquisition of data is not neutral and leans more toward advocacy rather than research. In many cases these bottom-up and middle-out cataloging efforts catalyze a response by government, in others they create new governance structures linking policymakers, practitioners, and the public. This presentation will explore ongoing efforts in Buffalo, New York and Cleveland, Ohio to engage communities in data collection and decision-making.


Eric Fan Feng, Dept. of Painting, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
Warren Quigley, Dept. of Art, University at Buffalo

“Worrying the inertia: knowing too much and too little”

This collaborative work-in-progress is based in the coastal rustbelt of northeastern China, and aims to shake loose from the inertia caused by the tension between our concern for the environment and the 21st century energy demands of the Anthropocene. The project’s itinerary includes the following: Huludao, for the contemplation of the nuclear submarine shipyard; Panjin, to visit the Red Seabeach, the world’s biggest wetland and reed marsh, to watch out for 260 kinds of birds and 399 kinds of wild animals, and to meditate on the rhythm of the oil derricks on its shore.


This event is part of the UB-Tsinghua University art exchange in the Dept. of Art at the University at Buffalo and is co-sponsored by The Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo, UB Art Galleries, Office of International Education, and Dept. of Painting, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.

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