My Bullard Fellowship project images are being periodically updated to the Harvard Forest online archives. Given the educational intent of the work, the Harvard Forest and I welcome folks to use the images for their outreach and education efforts. A Q&A about this year-long project can also be found here. As always, I welcome folks to follow the project on Instagram for frequent creative developments and updates.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to discuss my creative practice, including my ongoing work at the Harvard Forest, with Janna Kauss at the Neue Guild this week. The Neue Guild is a nice professional resource for interdisciplinary creatives...including feral landscape designers like myself. You can read my Q&A, along with other interesting designers, here.
I will be hosting a public open studio at the Harvard Forest on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 12 to 4pm. All are welcome to view and discuss ongoing work both in and outside the studio.
This open studio event marks the halfway point of my Charles Bullard Fellowship in which I’m an embedded designer collaborating with Harvard Forest scientists to create science-communication projects for ongoing research initiatives. More information about my Harvard Forest project, including an interview, can be found here.
Visitors to the open studio should park in the main Harvard Forest lot and visit the Fisher Museum for easy walking directions to studio on Prospect Hill Road.
*Please note: Do not try to drive to the Forest by typing "Harvard Forest" into a GPS. You must enter the address: 324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA. Otherwise, your GPS may lead you straight to the center of Tom’s Swamp. Directions available here.
I honored to received a grant with the Hoosic River Revival from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The Berkshire Environmental Endowment Grant will help fund an art installation along the Hoosic River in North Adams, MA. The community-driven installation is part of an ongoing awareness campaign for a clean, accessible, and safe Hoosic River. The installation will build off work from my 2016 Studio's at MASS MoCA residency. Special thanks to folks from the Hoosic River Revival, Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MASS MoCA and Sasaki Associates for sharing their insight, research and passion and laying the groundwork for this project.
Join us for the Santa Fe Art Institute "Water Rights" Open Studio on Friday, March, 24, 2017, 530-645PM (pre-game to SFAI140 event). I'll have drawings (digi and paper) for viewing and critique. Plus a dozen other residents' work will be on view. Cheese and wine. Location: SFAI, 1600 Saint Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, NM.
I am honored to have my Bullard Fellowship project at the Harvard Forest featured in the Harvard Gazette this past week. Read the article by Alvin Powell here to learn more about the project background, goals, and first public open studio on Saturday, April 29, from 12-4pm at my temporary Harvard Forest studio in Petersham, MA..
This March I will be "Water Rights" resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM. I will use the month-long themed residency to investigate regional water rights issues through the lens of landscape futures, policy, and speculative design. Local folks engaged/interested in these ideas, please reach out. More information on the project can be found here.
I'll return to Harvard Forest in April for the second half of my Bullard Fellowship...kind of like a half time show, but productive.
Mark your calendars: I will be hosting an open studio at the Harvard Forest (324 N. Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366). on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 12 to 4pm. All are welcome to view and discuss ongoing work both in and outside the studio. Light refreshments will be served.
Title: Hemlock Hospice; Arts-based science-communication of a declining species at Harvard Forest
Summer Supervisors: David Borden; Aaron Ellison
Researchers: Aaron Ellison
Project Description: This unique multidisciplinary project is an opportunity to explore and test the theory and collaborative practice of arts-based science communication with ongoing research at Harvard Forest. This research project aims to bring together relevant scientific, historical, literary, and artistic information that bear on forest dynamics. For example, scientific data from paleoecology, land-use history, disturbance, succession, and invasive species will be linked with writings in environmental literature, objects and installations of environmental art, and design precedents.
For this summer project, we will focus on hemlock forests in New England. Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) forests are declining in abundance as they are colonized by an exotic insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae). As the hemlock woolly adelgid expands its range throughout the eastern United States, hemlocks are being killed and replaced by other tree species. The decline and subsequent loss of this foundation tree species is hypothesized to have strong effects on plant and animal communities and ecosystem processes.
Hemlock Hospice is a student opportunity to research the theory and practice of science-communication. In addition to ecology, weekly meetings will also include discussions on installation art, communication design, design research and user-experience design within the context of science-communication. Weekly readings provide a foundation into past, current, and future trends of public engagement with science, specifically ecology and forestry. This research will include an exploration of new ideas and communication modes to move science communication forward. In particular, as a group, we will collectively explore the question, “How can art and design support science-communication to foster cultural cohesion around ecological issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”
The student will be co-mentored by artist-in-residence, David Buckley Borden and Senior Ecologist, Aaron Ellison on a studio-based science-communication collaboration and directly contribute to a mixed-media art project within the Harvard Forest. Over the course of the summer, the student will help create a variety of creative 2D and 3D art projects focused on communicating HWA research. 2D visual art work may include wayfinding, signage, and outreach and exhibition materials. 3D art work will include site-specific installation projects, i.e. small to medium sculptures within the landscape.
The student should have an interest in ecology, science-communication, art, and design.
Some experience in digital design tools (Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD).
Fabrication experience with built works in the outdoor environment a big plus.
REU internship program details here.
I am delighted to participate in the upcoming Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Annual National Conference. I look forward to sharing my Harvard Forest fellowship experience as a panelist on Ecological Reflections: Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Science at Long Term Ecological Research Sites. Details about the panel and conference can be found on the a2Ru website.
I'm delighted to contribute to the Parts Unknown Flag Show, curated by Brian Butler and Trifecta Editions, at the Aviary Gallery (48 South Street, JP, MA, 02130). I'll have one Harvard Forest inspired conservation flag (a collaboration with Jackie Barry of Denver-based Front Range Flag) and one silkscreen companion print on view. I plan to come out of the woods for the opening reception on October 6th from 6-9pm. The show runs through month of October.
I am honored to be awarded a 2016-2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University. Starting in September I will be an embedded artist/designer at Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA for a year as I collaborate with on-site scientists, staff and visitors. I am thrilled by the opportunity to develop a variety of science communication approaches with ongoing research initiatives and the chance to make a contribution to the Harvard Forest research community through applied creativity, workshops, talks and exhibitions. Central to my proposed program is research into past, current, and future practice of public engagement with science, specifically ecology and forestry. Research would include an exploration of new ideas, communication models, and practice modes to move science communication forward. In particular, I am interested in exploring the question, “How can art and design support science communication to foster cultural cohesion around ecological issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”
I’m delighted to participate in the upcoming Juror’s Choice exhibition at Uforge Gallery curated by Flux.Boston’s Liz Devlin. I’ll be exhibiting select work from my Greater Yellowstone project. This group show runs August 5th to August 28th. Uforge Gallery is located at 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. Opening reception is Friday August 5th, 6pm to 9pm. Click here for event info.
My recent Studios at MASS MoCA Assets for Artists Residency was a total delight. I enjoyed an inspiring experience in North Adams during the initial research/immersion into the culture and ecology of North Adams' Hoosic River. I look forward to returning this summer! Special thanks to folks from the Hoosic River Revival, Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MASS MoCA and Sasaki Associates for sharing their insight, research and passion. I am now gauging interest in realizing aspects of the Hoosic Expedition trail. To learn more about the Hoosic Expedition click here.
Select Forest Studies will be on exhibition as part of the 2016 Boston FAD group show at Aviary Gallery. Opening reception takes place on Thursday, April 7th, 6-9pm. Aviary is located at 48 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Come on out; it is spring after all.
I am looking forward to a Studios at MASS MoCA residency focused on the urban ecology of Hoosic River. I am actively looking to interview local folks, conservation groups and research scientists engaged with the Hoosic River Watershed. If interested in potential collaboration on this research-based art and design project, please reach out. I can be reached at davidbuckleyborden @ gmail.com
I continued my New Year's tradition of participating in the Boston Fun-A-Day project by creating 31 study drawings during the month of January. This year's drawings were inspired by the scientists, research, ecology and landscape of Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. I’d like to thank the Harvard Forest community for sharing their research, passion and insight. The complete set of Forest Studies can be viewed here.