After Dark: Integrating Ecologies

Thursday, March 9, 2023 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.

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Where do the boundaries between the built and natural worlds blur? If you look, you can see the ties between these two ecologies in everything from nonhuman species that inhabit urban environments to design that responds to the threats faced by sea life. Tonight at After Dark, explore how we can recognize the overlap, and how we can meaningfully integrate built and natural into one ecology. And enjoy a special screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary All That Breathes (2022, 94 min.), copresented with SF Urban Film Fest.

Photo: Still from All That Breathes (2022, 94 min.).

More Than Human Cities: Kinship Across Species
With SF Urban Film Fest

7:00 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.) 
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

 Please note: Capacity is limited and first come, first served.

Join us for a special screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary All That Breathes (2022, 94 min.), copresented with SF Urban Film Fest. Chronicling the labor of three New Delhi locals who rescue birds that fall from a polluted sky, All That Breathes offers a meditation on how we live not just with other humans but also with other species. The film portrays the city as an ecosystem that clearly includes wildlife, and challenges the idea of a divide between human and natural systems. After the screening, stay for a conversation with SF Urban Film Fest curator Kristal Çelik and researcher Chris Schell.

Kristal Çelik (she/her) is a first-generation Turkish American civil engineer, environmental designer, and cultural worker who previously served as Festival Manager for the SF Urban Film Fest. She has worked on environmental justice campaigns, providing tenants’ rights counseling and serving as a Peer Support Volunteer with the Shanti Project. 

Dr. Christopher Schell studies the intersections of society, ecology, and evolution in cities to understand how wildlife are rapidly adapting to urbanization. The work of the Schell lab requires integrating principles from the natural sciences with urban studies to address how systemic racism and oppression affect urban ecosystems, while simultaneously highlighting the need for environmental justice, civil rights, and equity as the bedrock of biological conservation and our fight against the climate crisis.

Materialities of Care
With CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab

6:30–9:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Explore prototypes, plans, and experiments that seek to design sustainable habitats for nonhuman animals in our rapidly changing environment. The Architectural Ecologies Lab at California College of the Arts will share bio-designs and physical artifacts produced by the lab, including a live demo of a robotic clay printer.

Presenters: Margaret Ikeda, Evan Jones, Adam Marcus, and Alex Schofield

CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab serves as a platform for collaborative research between designers, artists, scientists, and manufacturers. The lab’s work leverages interdisciplinary expertise and meaningful collaborations with science and industry to develop compelling architectural strategies to address ecological challenges like sea level rise, habitat restoration, and climate adaptation.

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