All events start at 6 pm and take place at:
National Mechanics
22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

October 9, 2017

Arts on Tap: How Science and Art Together Will Save the World

“Future Non-Object #1: Sol’s Reprise” by artist Jake Beckman for LandLab, an environmental art residency program at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, presented with partner the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA).

How can art not just look good, but do good?  How can science not just help us know, but help us act, and feel? Though often thought of as separate or disconnected disciplines, art and science share common values and methodologies; driven by curiosity, cross-disciplinary efforts between the arts and sciences can produce unexpected solutions to pressing ecological challenges, as well as engage audiences with scientific information in more accessible and compelling ways. Director of Environmental Art Christina Catanese will explore how art can impact on attitudes around environmental topics, and how art-science partnerships can address ecological challenges directly. She will discuss the field of environmental art, the environmental art exhibition program at the Schuylkill Center, and, being a modern dancer and hydrologist herself, her own choreography exploring river systems and pathways.


CataneseAbout the speaker: Christina Catanese is an environmental scientist, artist, dancer/choreographer, educator, and arts administrator in Philadelphia. As the Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Christina oversees all aspects of creating and implementing an environmental art exhibition program in gallery spaces and on the nature center’s 340 acres of forests and fields. Christina has a Masters in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing her BA at Penn in Environmental Studies and Political Science. In her choreographic practice, Christina is currently exploring the ability of dance to take ecological processes that happen over an incredibly long time scale and distill them down to a human scale moment, making them easier to comprehend. She also knits, teaches yoga, and enjoys photographing ecology at varying scales while hiking. Currently, her favorite organisms are bryophytes.

September’s talk is hosted by the Wagner Free Institute of Science.