Day 1, Thursday, April 6

6PM Keynote Panel, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

Peter Galison (Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University) “What Are Technical Lands?”

Caroline Jones (Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT) “Escaping the ‘Scape”

Rebecca Uchill (Lecturer, Department of Architecture, MIT) “In the Viewshed”

Day 2, Friday, April 7

Registration & Breakfast

8-8:30AM, Thompson Room, Barker Center

Opening Remarks

Leah Aronowsky, History of Science, Harvard

Panel 1: Experimental Environments

8:45-10:30AM, Thompson Room, Barker Center

Commentator: Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University

Gary Fox (UCLA) "Landscapes of Fact: The Environmental Simulation Laboratory, 1971-1983"

Christof Sendhardt (Technical University of Berlin) "The ‘Spirit’ of the Isle: The Isle of Riems and the Making of an Isolated Playground for Biomedical Research in the German Baltic Sea"

Wythe Marschall (Harvard University) "From Farmland to Farmspace: Witnessing the Paradoxical Naturalization of Agriculture as a Special Case of Manufacturing"

Andrea Carrillo Iglesias (Harvard University) "An Island of Simulation: Views on Nature and Technology. The Climatron Case"

Panel 2: Perception/Aesthetics

10:30-12:00PM, Thompson Room, Barker Center

Commentator: Kirsten Swenson, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Nicole Sansone (Goldsmiths, University of London) “Geographies of the Pixel in the Supraterrestrial Landscape”

Anirban Gupta-Nigam (University of California, Irvine) “Methane and Formlessness: On the Background Media of Climate Change”

Siobhan Angus (York University) “Atomic ecology: Susanne Kriemann’s Pechblende (prologue)"

Heather Rosenfeld (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Burning 4000 liters of nail polish at American Drive: challenging the aesthetics of hazardous waste”

Panel 3: Future Geographies

1:00-2:50PM, Thompson Room, Barker Center

Commentator: Caroline Jones, Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT

Ben Mendelsohn (New York University) “Making the Urban Coast: Eko Atlantic City and the “Dubai of Africa””

Nina Wexelblatt (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) “Floating Worlds: Artificial Islands as Xenotopia”

Cameron Hu (University of Chicago) “Planetary Subprime, or Natural History After Finance”

Ali Fard (Harvard University) “Cloudy Landscapes”

Joe Winograd (Rhode Island School of Design) “Don’t Cut the Cord”

Out of Place: From Site-Specificity to Political Timing-Specificity

Tania Bruguera (Elizabeth S. and Richard M. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study) and Rebecca Uchill (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Art, Science & Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

3:00-5:00pm, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Level 3, CRC/Bookshop (Event and waitlist are now full)

Screening and Director Q&A

The Land Beneath our Feet (2016), Sarita Siegel & Gregg Mitman (dirs.)

6:00-8:00pm, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Room B-04.

*special event organized by Hanna Rose Shell, Associate Prof, Program in STS, and cosponsored by the Harvard University Center for African Studies. Co-director Gregg Mitman in person.

Day 3, Saturday, April 8

Listening Walk

Fens (2017), Teri Rueb and Ernst Karel

Back Bay, Fens

GPS-based listening walk by multi-media artists and scholars Teri Rueb and Ernst Karel. Transportation provided to conference presenters. For all other attendees, please plan to meet at the front entrance of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 10:15am. Please be sure to bring headphones and download the Fens app before arriving, available here. The app must be downloaded over a wifi connection.

Panel 4: Infrastructure

12:30-2:30PM, Thompson Room, Barker Center

Commentator: Sonja Duempelmann, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Albert José-Antonio López (MIT) “Communicative Landscapes: Images and Infrastructures of Integration in Mexico, 1938-1958”

Peter Vale (University of California, Berkeley) “Railroads, Enclaves, and Circulation: The Collapse of Space in Central Africa”

Suhaib Bhatti (University of Waterloo) “A River Ran Through It”

Sarah Nichols (ETH Zurich) “La Grande Dixence and the Concrete Countryside”

Robert Lundberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison) "Bearings"

Waterworks Reception

5:30-8:00PM, Waterworks Museum, By invitation only, transportation provided for conference presenters



Magnus Pind and Jonathan Beilin (Parsons School of Design)

Ah humanity! (2015)


Ernst Karel, Véréna Paravel, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, dirs.