Nina Elder, An Artistic Approach to Non-Linear Research
November 30 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Artist Nina Elder travels to some of the most environmentally impacted, geographically distant, and economically important places on the globe to research how the natural environment is changing through human-centered activities. This presentation is equal parts travel log, artist talk, poetic narrative, and a scrutiny of assumptions about the North. It weaves together unlikely associations between piles of rocks, Nina’s father’s untold military history, climate change, Native cultures, obsolete communication technology, and the need for curiosity. This work has been supported by the Anchorage Museum, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.
Nina Elder is an artist, adventurer, and arts administrator. Her work examines historic land use and its cycles of production, consumption, and waste. Her personal experience of research is reflected through performative, narrative presentations that are equal parts travel log, artist talk, personal story-sharing, and scientific inquiry, as well as a call for greater curiosity and engagement with the world.