SAC's Meet & Greet series by Dr. Ahn
This is SAC (Science, Art, and Culture) initiative's new Meet & Greet series, in which we will meet and interview people working on the interface of science and art for environmental sustainability. Through the series, we will create video/audio files to share with GMU and anyone interested beyond GMU. Thank you for your interests!
1. Meeting with Betsy Damon (November 2019 at her studio/home) - For the first of SAC's Meet & Greet series I came up to NYC to meet artist Betsy Damon, who I as a speaker for our EcoScience + Art lecture series. This time, we had a chance to review some of her lifetime work, focusing more on her upcoming book on "living water". Betsy Damon's art practice revolves around interconnectivity. Here goes an excerpt of Betsy's new book by her own reading to share:
2. Jackie Brookner, SP 2020
"Long-term success of ecological restoration, at all scales from the local to the global, necessitates transformation of the dominant ways humans understand, behave, value, and relate to natural processes and ecosystems. Artists and scientists can do more together to affect positive transformation than either can do separately. It is not a matter of the scientists providing the hard-core research and artists the soft outreach; rather, the dynamics engendered in the space between disciplines is full of information necessary to solve complex problems at the systemic level…" (SER Newsletter 2015). On the five year anniversary of her passing on May 15, 2015. I should have participated in the following tributary, but it has been hectic with finals. However, I previously shared my experience with Brookner through one of my publications where I wrote quite personally about my encounter with Jackie and about our deep conversation about systems approach, which helped so much with my efforts to link ecological science/ecosystem restoration practices with art. Her work and words speak volumes for the advancement of ecosystem restoration science.