Next Tuesday at RISD. I am honored to kick off the RISD spring landscape architecture lecture series with co-presenter Dr. Aaron Ellison. The public talk starts at 6pm on Feb 27 in the Bayard Ewing Building (RM106). All welcome.
Delighted to return to the Harvard Graduate School of Design to co-present Hemlock Hospice project with Aaron Ellison on February 6th. The evening event starts at 6:30PM in Gund Hall (room 124) is co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and GSD ASLA student group. Event is free and open to the public, event RSVP is requested.
Event poster by Rose Lee.
Hemlock Hospice collaborator Aaron M. Ellison (Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest) and I are actively seeking speaking opportunities. Interested in bringing the talk to your organization? If so, please reach out; Borden@fas.harvard.edu
Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design, as science communication
This talk focuses on the intersection of ecology, art, and design as viewed through the lens of the Hemlock Hospice project. Hemlock Hospice is an, art-based interpretive trail conceived and developed by David Buckley Borden, Aaron M. Ellison, and their team of interdisciplinary collaborators. On view through mid-November 2018, this immersive site-specific science-communication project 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. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests.
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 and highlight the team’s collaborative approach to science communication at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.
I am always grateful for thoughtful reviews from the arts community. Big thanks to Allison Meier for her insightful coverage of the Hemlock Hospice project on Hyperallergic. Read the full article here.
New Directions in the American Landscape. Excited to give "Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design" talk as part of the annual NDAL conference (in Philly on Jan 12 and in New London on Jan 19th). I'll present work from Trifecta Editions Teton Artlab and Harvard Forest projects as case studies of interdisciplinary design. Conference details can be found here.
New installation, Site Visit, can now be viewed at the 301 Frame Gallery at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA until 2/24. Site Visit is a traveling installation intended to promote a proactive cultural ecology supported by interdisciplinary science-communication. In conjunction with the installation, Aaron Ellison and I will give a public talk on February 7th at Montserrat College. The free public talk will focus on the @harvardforest Hemlock Hospice project.
The Hemlock Hospice interpretive trail at the Harvard Forest is open to cross country skiers and snowshoe hikers all winter. Trail maps are available in information kiosk in front of the Fisher Museum. Please be advised that hunting season is still open through the end of the year; wear bright colors when touring the Hemlock Hospice installation. Enjoy!
A Pure Delight. Dr. Aaron Ellison and I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in the field with Renée Loth, editor of Architecture Boston Magazine and Boston Globe columnist a couple weeks ago. Today the Globe published Renee's article, "A Memorial in Green" on the Hemlock Hospice project. The insightful piece can be read here.
The interdisciplinary Hemlock Hospice project was made possible by both leading Harvard scientists and an A-team of creative professionals with a wonderfully diverse set of skills and interests. The year-long project was collaborative in intent, process, and production. Beyond the artwork itself, the final project can be viewed as an allied exhibition of science, art, and design talent from across the country. Learn more about the Hemlock Hospice collaborators here.
I am looking forward to giving a series of public talks with Dr. Aaron Ellison on our Hemlock Hospice collaboration. We are organizing over a dozen events; the following engagements are confirmed: Smith College - Feb 1, Hampshire College - Feb 2, Montserrat College of Art - Feb 7, Northeastern University - Feb 8, and RISD - Feb 27. Interested in bringing the talk to your institution, please reach out: Borden@fas.harvard.edu.
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.