Andrew Yang is a biologist and an artist whose recent work explores the Anthropocene – the new geologic epoch the Earth brought on by human environmental impacts. His current projects explore urban ecology and effects of architecture on humans and non-humans alike. He is Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches transdisciplinary courses in biology, environmental studies, and the visual arts.
While the earth has always been in flux, the global warming, biodiversity loss, and geology of today have distinctively human origins. This isn’t simply a matter of scientific understanding, but of aesthetics – attention, perception, and modes of representation – in a larger sense. In what ways does our awareness of planet keep pace with the changes that we, as individuals and as a species, are making in this time known as ‘the Anthropocene’? Yang's talk will address the profound influence that aesthetics has on our capacity to make meaningful and ethical sense of planetary transformation.