The Shape of Rivers: Perspectives from Art and Science
Join Biennial artist Fritz Horstman and MIT geophysicist Daniel Rothman for a multidisciplinary conversation on water flow through natural landscapes. Free, but RSVP requested.
DeCordova New England Biennial 2016 artist Fritz Horstman explores the intersection of human constructions and ecological systems. His large commissioned sculpture, Formwork for a Spiral Movement based on the form of a river’s eddy is on view in the Sculpture Park as part of the Biennial, while over 20 wooden models are on view in the galleries.
Fritz Horstman Artist Statement:
In my art practice I address the ever-moving seam between nature and culture. It is a virtually indefinable territory, because it permeates every corner of human life. Every aspect of the dialectic is in response to its opposite. I select only a small portion of the myriad possible interactions to investigate. The modes of presenting my findings are diverse, reflecting the ubiquity of the subject. I employ drawing, photography, installation, objects, sound, and video.
Among my interrelated topics, I explore the visual, residual and ephemeral possibilities of water. The beauty and realism that is so readily available there makes for a good study of the ways in which I can simultaneously be both objective observer and searching artist. By setting up situations in which I am both idealist and objectivist, I can better examine the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions determine our relationship with and knowledge of nature.
Dan Rothman Bio:
Daniel H. Rothman is a Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT. His work has contributed widely to the understanding of the organization of the natural environment, resulting in fundamental advances in subjects ranging from seismology and fluid flow to biogeochemistry and geobiology. He has also made significant contributions to research in statistical physics. Much of his recent interests focus on the dynamics of Earth's carbon cycle, the co-evolution of life and the environment, and the physical foundation of natural geometric forms. Rothman is co-founder and co-director of MIT's Lorenz Center, a privately funded interdisciplinary research center devoted to learning how climate works. The Center fosters creative approaches to increasing fundamental understanding.
deCordova Art and Science Dialogue
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lincoln Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.