Reception for Roadside Kestrel
With Deke Weaver, Cary Wolfe and Maria Whiteman
Opening reception at Rice Biosciences Research Collaborative (BRC), Room 2012 (corner of Main and University), sponsored by Rice University’s 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, for the video installations “Roadside Kestrel” and “Mountain Pine Beetle” by Maria Whiteman and Cary Wolfe and the live performance piece, “Wolf,” by Deke Weaver. Wine and beer will be served while “Roadside Kestrel” and “Mountain Pine Beetle” are screened. A live performance of Deke Weaver’s piece “Wolf” follows at 7:30 p.m. at the Rice Media Center on University. For more information about the opening reception, call 3CT Coordinator Thien Le at 713 348 4274.
ROADSIDE KESTREL/MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE
Video Installation by Maria Whiteman and Cary Wolfe
November 10-20, 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Monday through Friday
Rice Biosciences Research Collaborative (BRC), Room 2012 (corner of Main and University)
“Roadside Kestrel” and “Mountain Pine Beetle” explore the complex relations—ecological, affective, economic, and infrastructural–between humans, animals, and landscapes and the forces that drive them, some of which (like transportation or industrial networks) are visible and tangible, and some of which (like climate change and international circuits of energy production and capital flows) are located “nowhere” in that immediately tangible sense, but are no less real. “Roadside Kestrel” explores the Texas coastal wetlands through the lens of a singular event—the discovery of a freshly killed raptor on a beachside roadway—and how that discovery is resonant in the relationship of the protagonists, and “Mountain Pine Beetle” responds to the devastation of the Ponderosa and Lodgepole pine forests of the Front Range in Colorado and the ecological conditions that gave rise to it. In both works, an emotional and affective response to the landscape becomes the point of entry for exploring how “nature” and the “environment” are a site of inscription, of traces, for forces operative at a different order of magnitude from the sites in which they are made manifest. Each installation includes a short film (7 to 10 minutes) in digital video and poems and photographs printed on transparent film panels, 24 X 80 inches each.
Maria Whiteman has recently moved to Houston, Texas to become a full time artist after living in Canada for 16 years. She was an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Intermedia in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, where she taught graduate courses in contemporary art theory and studio courses in mixed media, photography, video, drawing and installation art. Her current art practice explores themes such as art and science, relationships between industry, community and nature, and the place of animals in our cultural and social imaginary. In addition to her studio work, she conducts research in contemporary art theory and visual culture. She is currently working on The Retreat (co-editor; to be published by Autonomedia), and she has published critical texts in Public: Art/Culture/Ideas, Minnesota Review, and Antennae, and contributed an essay on Visual Culture to the John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism.
Cary Wolfe’s books and edited collections include Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (Chicago, 2003), the edited collections Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (Minnesota, 2003) and (with Branka Arsic) The Other Emerson (Minnesota, 2010), and, most recently, What Is Posthumanism? (Minnesota, 2010) and Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (Chicago, 2013). He is founding editor of the series Posthumanities at the University of Minnesota Press, which publishes six books per year by noted authors such as Donna Haraway, Roberto Esposito, Isabelle Stengers, Michel Serres, Vilem Flusser, and many others. He currently holds the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Chair in English at Rice University, where he is Founding Director of 3CT: The Center for Critical and Cultural Theory.