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Conversations About Landscape: Artistic Practice Toward Urban Resilience

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.


What happens when two artists team up with two scientists to engage the public with the slow-moving disaster of climate change?

Composer Byron Au Yong and architect/designer Sara Dean spent a year embedded with environmental engineer Mark Stacey and environmental policy expert Mark Lubell. The researchers are part of a project called RISER (Resilient Infrastructure as Seas Rise), which studies sea level rise in the Bay Area, using computer models and other methods to predict future flooding, impacts on transportation systems, effects of coastal infrastructure, and the complexities of regional decision-making.

Join a lively conversation about climate resilience, and the artists’ responses to it, including group performance and iconographic design.

About the Presenters

Byron Au Yong is a composer and performance artist who teaches at University of San Francisco and designs pieces for groups, blending sound, dance, and voice to share stories and ideas about urgent human questions.

Sara Dean is an architect and media designer who teaches at California College of the Arts. Her work considers emerging digital technologies, and explores ways to use iconography, signs, and symbols to alert people to future climate scenarios.

Mark Lubell is a Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. His research focuses on human behavior and the role of governance institutions in solving problems that require collective action.

Mark Stacey is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley whose research and teaching focus on the physics of sea level rise in tidal estuaries, including the interactions with human infrastructure and the resilience of communities along estuarine shorelines.

This project is supported by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts.