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.
Big thanks to the fine folks at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's Corporate Art Loan Program for the opportunity of exhibiting the Trifecta Editions Forest Flag print series. I am amazed by the volume of art work the deCordova has on loan throughout the greater Boston area; a real win-win for artists and the museum's corporate funders.
Excited to continue my new year tradition of participating in the Boston Fun-A-Day project. This year's month-long series of daily creative output will be 31 study drawings inspired by the scientists, research and ecology of the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Daily updates to be posted on my Instagram feed.
Forest Study (4 of 31): Woodland Ecology Shrine: Woodshed-inspired shrine housing the stump of last known standing Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga Canadensis) on Little Prospect Hill, Petersham, Mass. #studydrawing #hemlockhospice #futurescenario #funaday2016 #funadayboston
All remaining Hibernaculum silkscreen prints will be released this fall. Check in with Trifecta Editions each week for a new print release. I'm humbled to report; there's just a handful of each print left. Enjoy. Thank you!
Repost from Montserrat College of Art: Guest curated by Trifecta Editions, Montserrat College of Art is excited to welcome Trifecta: Year Two at 301 Gallery. Year Two goes beyond the traditional gallery show by offering special events, arts programming and skill share sessions along with innovative installations, prints and original work by Trifecta Editions’ diverse roster of artists.
Year Two celebrates a thriving arts collective, uniting a diverse group of artists to engage and inspire the Greater Boston community as well as the students, faculty and staff at Montserrat College of Art.
Trifecta Editions artists & collaborators including: Matthew Zaremba, Michele L’Heureux, Greg Lamarche (SP.ONE), David Buckley Borden, Cyrille Conan, Lauren Barnett, Daniel White, Josh Falk, Sarah Gay-O’Neil, Jack Byers, James Mustin, Kenji Nakayama, Sneha Shrestha (Imagine), Jay LaCouture and Fish McGill
Camp Wood (wood and paper, 5'x2'x4') at Jackson Hole Arts Center, Jackson, WY. Big thanks to Carrie Richer, Meg Daly, Travis Walker and Scotty Craighead for helping realize this temporary installation at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The installation will run in conjunction with the Greater Yellowstone exhibition at Daly Projects from October 8th to 31st.
I'm excited to present my Greater Yellowstone exhibition from October 8th to 31st, 2015 at Daly Projects in Jackson, WY.
In January 2015 I was awarded the Teton ArtLab Artist Residency in Jackson, Wyoming. I used the month-long residency to investigate ecological and cultural forces at play within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. My research-driven artwork promotes ecological awareness by highlighting environmental management, cultural attitudes, and land-use practices found throughout the iconic ecosystem.
The year-long project culminates with a multi-disciplinary immersive installation featuring silkscreen prints, mixed media drawings, maps and installations in and outside the galleries at Daly Projects in Jackson, Wyoming. In conjunction with exhibition, I will realize several temporary installations throughout Teton County.
Opening reception is on Thursday, October 8th from 5 to 7PM.