(Terra)formation: Werking the Elements as Creative Practice
Tuesday, January 31st
@ The Pharmacy Museum | 514 Chartres
Terraforming – noun: (literally, “Earth-shaping”) of a planet, moon or other body is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to the environment of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life.
Antenna::Signals Issue::004 is an investigation into humankind’s manipulation of earth, water, air, fire, and metal as a creative, architectural, scientific, spiritual, or social practice. The event will explore variations on this theme through a spread of presentations including: magic revolutionary gardens in Southeast Louisiana (Kristina Robinson); ceramic architecture in Ghana (MaPo Kinnord); archaeological excavation as people’s history (Elizabeth Seleen); “terraforming” as science fiction or future science? (Gary King, PhD); archaic indigenous earthworks in Poverty Point, Louisiana (Jenny Ellerbe); and gardening as radical practice to help the public imagine a landscape without prisons (Solitary Gardens/Jackie Sumell).
Issue::004 of Antenna::Signals takes its inspiration from Antenna’s January exhibition, “Congregation”, featuring ceramics artists Rachael DePauw, Miki Glasser, Sarah House, Nikki Jackson, and MaPo Kinnord. The exhibition highlights the influence of Alligator Clay, a Baton Rouge-based clay distributor that was devastated by the August 2015 SE Louisiana floods, on ceramicists and potters in the Southeast United States.
Banner Image from Universe Today. Artist’s impression of the terraforming of Mars, from its current state to a livable world. Credit: Daein Ballard.