I look forward to presenting at the New Directions in American Landscape Symposium in Blue Bell, PA and New London, CT on January 12th and 19th respectively. I'll be presenting recent work from Harvard Forest Fellowship, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and MASS MoCA residency in the context of promoting environmental stewardship with an accessible combination of art, design and ecology. More info about the NDAL Symposium can be found here.
Hemlock Hospice collaborator Aaron M. Ellison (Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest) and I are actively seeking speaking opportunities. We look forward to presenting our collaborative work to the following institutions in 2018: Hampshire College, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Montserrat College of Art, Northeastern University, and Rhode Island School of Design.
Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design, as science communication
Abstract: The Hemlock Hospice talk focuses on the intersection of ecology, art, and design as viewed through the lens of the Hemlock Hospice project. The talk includes an overview of the Hemlock Hospice project from the complementary perspectives of science, art, and design, and also addresses the practical challenges of creating and realizing such interdisciplinary projects. Borden and Ellison will share their research-driven creative process, including challenges and lessons learned, and highlight the team’s collaborative approach to science communication, education, and outreach at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.
Interested in bringing the talk to your organization? If so, please reach out; Borden@fas.harvard.edu
Fundraising "Harvard Forest/Hemlock Hospice Bandana" from opening day of Hemlock Hospice art-based interpretive trail. This collaborative design with Jack K. Byers is a two-color silkscreen print on golden-yellow 21" square bandana. All proceeds pay visiting artist fees for Hemlock Hospice production. Purchase bandana and other various project silkscreen prints here.
Publication. I am pleased to publish first piece based on Bullard Fellowship research; 9-page "Envisioning New England Landscape Futures" article in The SITE Magazine's "Future Legacy" issue. Informed by ongoing research and collaboration with scientists, the piece explores creative science communication (illustration, landscape installation, and educational prop) and their ability to translate both cultural and scientific values associated with future New England landscape scenarios. Select landscape futures work can also be found in current Harvard Forest Fisher Museum exhibition.
I am honored to be appointed an "Associate Fellow of the Harvard Forest" by Dr. David Foster, Harvard Forest Director. This new appointment will enable me to continue to base my studio practice at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA....while living back in Cambridge. The appointment will support a growing list of Hemlock Hospice outreach projects, ranging from workshops and lectures to print publications. I'll also use this opportunity to develop new projects at the Harvard Forest and beyond. Interested in collaborating at the intersection of science, art, and design? Please reach out: Borden@fas.harvard.edu.
All guided tours for the Hemlock Hospice opening reception on October 7th are now full. Self-guided tours and a panel discussion are still open to the public. For more event information, visit the Harvard Forest Facebook event page here. The week following the opening reception, groups of 25 or less can book a guided tour via the Harvard Forest tour reservation website here.
Programming for Hemlock Hospice Opening Reception at Harvard Forest on Saturday, October 7th, 2017.
HEMLOCK HOSPICE TOURS (tour time is approximately 1.5 hours)
12 – 4:00PM – Self guided tours (check in at Fisher museum for map and brochure)
12:30PM – Guided tour with Salua Rivero (please RSVP; 15 people max.)
1:00PM – Guided tour with David Buckley Borden (full.)
2:30PM – Discussion with the creative team (Fisher Museum)
3:00PM – Guided tour with Aaron Ellison (full)
SCIENCE COMMUNICATION EXHIBITION
12 – 4:00PM – Fisher Museum
Fisher Museum exhibition features a variety of collaborative art and design work from David Buckley Borden’s Bullard Fellowship. Curated by Penelope Taylor, the exhibition serves as an inspiring example of interdisciplinary science-communication ranging from traditional landscape renderings to experimental education props.
Light refreshments will be served in the Fisher Museum as part of opening reception. Limited-edition silkscreened artist prints will be available for purchase at Fisher Museum. Exhibition and self-guided Hemlock Hospice tour are free and open to the public from October 7, 2017 to November 18, 2018.
More information here.
Hemlock Hospice, a year-long, outdoor, site-specific sculpture installation and accompanying indoor art exhibition by David Buckley Borden in collaboration with Aaron M. Ellison, opens Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and in its Fisher Museum on Saturday, October 7.
Hemlock Hospice tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid from Asia. Hemlock Hospice contextualizes hemlock decline in the broader context of climate change, local effects of our global economy on the natural world, and environmental impacts of our consumer culture.
Hemlock Hospice blends science, art, and design to  respect eastern hemlock and its ecological role as a foundation forest species;  promote an understanding of the adelgid; and  encourage empathetic conversations among all the sustainers of and caregivers for our forests—ecologists and artists, foresters and journalists, naturalists and citizens—while fostering social cohesion around ecological issues.
If you would like to join the conversation and help spread the word about how artists and communities can work together to play an active role in preserving our environment, please contact us for more details.
Save the Date for the opening reception of Hemlock Hospice, an art-based interpretive trail at the Harvard Forest. The interdisciplinary collaborative art and design project, part of my year-long Bullard Fellowship at Harvard, is focused on the decline of the eastern hemlock in New England. Event includes interpretive art trail opening, open studio, and exhibition in the Fisher Museum. Event will take place from 12 noon to 4PM on Saturday, October 7th at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA.
Widow Maker Danger! Three color silkscreen print with Trifecta Editions on white textured "Pesto" brand paper is now available here. The Hemlock Hospice project print is signed and numbered. Edition of 20. Print sale proceeds pay Hemlock Hospice collaborating creatives, including fabricators and production assistants.
Summer Studio Vibes. I am looking for a couple production artists/designers to contribute to the Hemlock Hospice project at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Room and board plus $500/week...in August/September. Specifically, I am looking for folks with experience in sewing (large format canvas pieces) and some burly woodsy carpentry in the field. Please share with your talented people. Email for details. Thank You.
Hemlock Hospice wayfinding installation, made from Harvard Forest eco trash with Dr. Aaron Ellison and REU student Salua Rivero. Wayfinding to be used for arts-based interpretive trial focused on declining hemlock forests due to invasive insects including hemlock woolly adelgid.
I'm honored by the thoughtful writing and beautiful photography by Tell New England's Jenn Bakos and Ashley Herrin Merging. They covered the Harvard Forest open-studio for their Flora Issue. Fantastic images feature ongoing collaborations with Harvard researchers and creatives Jack Byers, Benjamin Carlso, Trifecta Edition and more. The online piece can be viewed here.
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.