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2021 BWRC Annual Conference:

The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center announces its 2021 Annual Conference as the crisis of climate change reaches all corners of the globe — including the Brooklyn waterfront.

Early observations of the changes in the climate that have led to our current climate crisis were made by scientists; however, it has not been scientists alone who have addressed this crisis. This conference will explore the interdisciplinary ferment created by scientists, artists, activists, and others whose work grapples with climate change at the intersection of art, science, and the environment. 

Bringing together a diverse array of scientists, artists and community members, we will discuss and learn from the integration of artistic practice and scientific inquiry as a method of addressing the climate crisis globally and locally via the Brooklyn Waterfront.

Thursday, May 6, 6:30-8pm: 

Opening Welcome and Roundtable Discussion + Virtual Exhibit Tour

Join us on Thursday evening for an opening welcome and roundtable discussion exploring the intersections of art, science, and the climate crisis along the Brooklyn waterfront. The panelists — an artist, a scientist, a curator, and a photojournalist — will use the discussion to draw together the key issues of the conference and provide a broader framework for the following day’s sessions.

As a closing activity, Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen will provide a virtual tour of the new exhibit, Common Frequencies, opening May 1st at BioBAT Art Space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Speakers:

    • Reginald Blake (Moderator)Interim Associate Provost, Dean of Curriculum; Research and Co-Director, Center for Remote Sensing and Earth System Sciences, New York City College of Technology
    • Jeannine BardoArtistFounder / Artistic Director, Stand4 Gallery; Co-Founder / Co-Director, BioBAT Art Space
    • Klaus JacobGeophysicist, Emeritus Research Professor, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
    • Mary MattinglyVisual Artist
    • Nathan KensingerBrooklyn-Based Photographer, Filmmaker, Artist, and Curator

Friday, May 7, 9am-12:30pm:

Session 1: Learning at the Intersection

Focusing on educational initiatives along the Brooklyn Waterfront, this session will feature community-based organizations that use innovative, interdisciplinary, and place-based approaches across the arts and sciences to better understand and address climate change.

Speakers:

    • Graciela Flores (Moderator), Science Educator; Founder, Kids Talk Science
    • Beth Tuck, Executive Director, Genspace
    • Eve Andrée Laramée, Professor, Art Department, Director, Dyson College Center for the Arts, Society, and Ecology, Pace University
    • Isa Del Bello, Education Director, Environmental Education Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park
    • Jasmin Alim, Education Manager, Genspace

Session 2: Working at the Intersection

Bringing together artists working in relationship to science, technology, and the environment, this session will highlight the creative integration of artistic practice and scientific inquiry as a method of making visible and addressing the climate crisis in new ways.

Speakers:

    • Katherine Gressel (Moderator), Contemporary Curator, Old Stone House & Washington Park; Artist, Writer.
    • Anna Lise Jensen, Artist; Co-Founder, Bike South Brooklyn
    • Simone Johnson, Interdisciplinary and Teaching Artist
    • Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, Designer, Researcher, Storyteller; Illustrator, New York Times