The distinction between wild and domestic landscapes is increasingly invalid in a world where art and architecture are deployed to reinforce brandscapes—commodified landscapes that have moved from a production to an experiential economy.
Public sculpture and roadside architecture used to be frames that travelers would view nature. Now they are integral components of a world that is a profound mixture of nature and culture. If the Anthropocene is how we label our current geologic epoch, then its cultural corollary is the Anthroposcenic, an era in which our understanding of nature and culture are re-integrated.
In this special address, William L. Fox will trace how artists and architects are shaping the most important debate of the early 21st century; a debate not of whether to geo-engineer the planet, but how we will change the way in which we are going about this global project.
Doors open at 6pm for 6:15pm start.
Presented by CLIMARTE in association with the Hugh Williamson Foundation, John Truscott Design Foundation, MPavilion, and the NGV.
William L. Fox is founding Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, and has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer. He has published fifteen books on cognition and landscape, hundreds of essays in art monographs, magazines and journals, and fifteen collections of poetry. Among his nonfiction titles are Aereality: On the World from Above; Terra Antarctica: Looking Into the Emptiest Continent; In the Desert of Desire: Las Vegas and the Culture of Spectacle; and The Void, the Grid, and the Sign: Traversing the Great Basin. Fox is also an artist who has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in eight countries since 1974. He has twice been a Lannan Foundation Writer in Residence and is currently a visiting researcher at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
William L. Fox will be in conversation with Guy Abrahams, CEO and Co-Founder of CLIMARTE, at 12.30pm on Wednesday 4 November at MPavilion. For further details please visit MPavilion.