The event consists in an open discussion between the students and faculty of the school of Architecture, of Fine Arts and Timothy Morton, and it is part of a going attempt towards decolonizing the school curriculum at Pratt. The dialogue involves sitting in a circle and using a truth stick to encourage profound listening and moments of silence and reflection. Art and
architecture students discuss their work within a community circle rather than a back and forth between student and professor. The work/object is placed in the center of the circle, as and when someone wants to talk about it. Only the person holding the stick can speak, so it supports learners who are more reticent or shy, by preventing them being interrupted. Only when they’ve finished do they hold out the stick for someone else to take.
Timothy Morton is a globally-known author who writes about philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. He is a professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He has collaborated with Björk, Laurie Anderson, Jennifer Walshe, Jeff Bridges, Sabrina Scott, 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), among others. His work has been translated into 10 languages.
Organized by Michele Gorman, Adjunct Associate Professor, Undergraduate Architecture Jane South, Chairperson of Fine Arts, Fine Arts