The Sculpture Dialogues forum combines the Sculpture Department's visiting lecture series with graduate presentations—providing opportunity for us to more deeply engage with invited artists, writers, curators, and other cultural makers. It’s designed to elicit a conversation and everyone is encouraged to participate.
Brian Holmes is an essayist and artist working on issues of political ecology. He has a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley and lived for twenty years in Paris, where he collaborated with artists and social movements around Europe, speaking and publishing with many of the region's major contemporary art museums. Returning to the US in 2009, he settled in Chicago and began developing his current work, based on the city's industrial and financial history. In 2016 he joined some nine other Chicago artists in a collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPI), both in Berlin. This engagement led to the founding of the group Deep Time Chicago, which has attempted to use crucial insights from geology and earth system science to explore the tangible markers of climate change and the Anthropocene in local institutions and in daily life.
Holmes uses open-source geographic information systems (GIS) to produce online multimedia maps combining artworks and scientific knowledge, in order to create a territorial frame for artistic research.