“Quantum unlearning” refers to the process of deep questioning that quantum physics demands from us: through physics we discover that the universe does not respect our intuitive notions about subjectivity, objectivity, knowability, categorization, and even existence itself. In this symposium we ask whether these facts of matter matter, to individuals and communities seeking to address problems far beyond the physics lab. Bringing scientists, scholars, and artists into conversation, we set the stage to productively dismantle, complicate, and overlap our preconceptions about what it means to know, relate, and act in the world.
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Industrial culture is radically transforming our planet, from human-induced global warming and accelerating mass extinctions to the wholesale reshaping of the Earth’s surface.
New conceptions of vegetal life are emerging. Groundbreaking scientific research and new philosophical perspectives are raising botanical challenges to our anthropocentric cultural background assumptions.
Caroline Picard (MFA 2010) is an artist, writer, publisher, and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power through ongoing investigations of interspecies borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an a
This symposium will address recent discourses and practices that define our complex relationship with nature and culture in this political moment. The notions of fact and evidence have acquired an unprecedented level of fluidity - have we now entered the age of "post-truth politics"?
If we have entered a new geological epoch because humans have extensively impacted planet—the so-called Anthropocene—then cities have been one of its drivers and hallmarks. Nancy Klehm and Brian Holmes will discuss various ways that Chicago is both an engine and instance of the Anthropocene.
Gabriela Lemos is a Brazilian scientist who obtained her Bachelor and Master of Science in Physics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais Brazil, with a thesis on open quantum systems.
George Gessert studied at University of California–Berkeley, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Art Students League. He began as a painter, and since the early 1980s, much of his work has focused on the overlap of art and genetics.
The work of Joey Orr (MA 2006–08) explores the boundaries between art and research. He is a founding member of the idea collective, John Q, whose collaborative projects investigate public scholarship and archival practices.
This one-day symposium will provide a reflective context to examine the achievements of women in the field of media art and emerging technologies from the 1980s onward. The event celebrates the forthcoming book from the University of Illinois Press, Women in New Media Arts: Persp
Admission is free and open to the public. No pre-registration, space limited. Doors open 5:30 p.m.
Filmmaker George Lucas's devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting-edge innovation has resulted in some of the most successful and beloved films of all time, including the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones franchise, while also pioneering new digital standards for sophist
Visiting artist Kathy High and SAIC professors Eduardo Kac and Andy Yang will discuss their work at the intersection of art and biology in a panel discussion moderated by Heather Dewey-Hagborg. High's work pursues queer and feminist inquiries into areas of bioscience, science fiction, and animal
Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and pianist who is currently on sabbatical from her tenured position at the University of Sheffield, UK. Cheng is a strong believer in bringing math to a wider audience and breaking down stereotypes surrounding mathematics.