WE ARE THE ASTEROID

November 14, 2019, 6 – 8 pm
Higgins Hall Auditorium

A conversation with:
Timothy Morton
Ariane Lourie-Harrison

Justin Brice Guariglia
Moderated by:
Eva Díaz

WE ARE THE ASTEROID, a collaborative project with philosopher Timothy Morton, premiered at the Storm King Art Center in 2018, and iterations of the project have been displayed across the United States.

Timothy Morton​ is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He has collaborated with Björk, Jennifer Walshe, Jeff Bridges, Olafur Eliasson, and Pharrell Williams. He co-wrote and appears in Living in the Future’s Past, a 2018 film about global warming with Jeff Bridges. He is the author of Being Ecological (Penguin, 2018), Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People (Verso, 2017), Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence
(Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 200 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. His work has been translated into 10 languages. In 2014, Morton gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory.

Ariane Lourie-Harrison​, ​RA, AIA is a Principal and co-founder of Harrison Atelier and a registered architect in New York State. She was a critic and lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture and Yale College from 2006 to 2017; she is currently the Coordinator of the Masters of Science in Architecture and Urban Design programs at the Graduate School of Architecture, Pratt Institute. Her projects and writing explore the concepts and realities of making architecture for multiple species, from her anthology Architectural Theories of the Environment: Posthuman Territory (Routledge, 2013) to “Feral Architecture,” in Aesthetics Equals Politics(MIT Press, 2019). Harrison Atelier has built several pavilions featuring cladding systems that accommodate multiple species. Currently under construction, the Pollinators Pavilion at Stone House Farm, Livingston, NY is a visitor center/field station that houses and monitors solitary bees with an innovative cladding system (awarded NYCML 2018 and Microsoft’s AI for the Earth grant 2019-20) fabricated in partnership with LafargeHolcim’s Ductal® Workshop.

Justin Brice Guariglia​ ​is a contemporary visual artist known for large scale photographic, sculptural and installation-based works that explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. “…the cognitive dissonance on these issues is so great, artists like Justin can provide something to hold onto” Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guariglia has frequently collaborated with scientists, philosophers, and journalists in order to forge a deeper understanding of human impact on the planet. Notably, this includes a series of missions he’s flown with NASA scientists, beginning in 2015, to document Greenland’s rapidly changing ice, images which he uses as source material in his work.  Solo shows include Somerset House (London); the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach); the Fisher Museum (Los Angeles); the Anchorage Museum (Anchorage); and Lincoln Center (New York City). Group shows include the 2019 Venice Biennale (official collateral event); Storm King Arts Center; Anderson Ranch; and Colby College among others. His 2018 public art project Climate Signals produced by the Climate Museum, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of NYC, and was seen across all 5 boroughs of New York City. Guariglia is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University, a Woods Hole Research Center Fellow, and an Artist-in-Residence at the Anchorage Museum. In 2019, Guariglia was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Finalist.