Dr. Celina Jeffery (Department of Visual Arts) - "Ephemeral Coast"
Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Creator space (Perez 302)
50 Laurier Avenue East
Abstract: Ephemeral Coast presents a series of interconnections between environmental considerations, a succession of embodied creative practices, and shifting regional geographic identities. It frames the coast as a hybrid geography and instigates a series of creative interventions that consider the material and ethical sensibilities of what it means to coexist with water, oceanic life, and the matter of waste.
Ephemeral Coast contributors and collaborators which consist of artists, climate change scientists and writers from the humanities, have developed a series of exchanges which were primarily presented through exhibitions, workshops and publications. As an international project with exhibitions and initiatives occurring in Wales, Mauritius, Mexico, Canada and the USA, the mobilization of these creative initiatives through digital means has been a central focus.
Bio: Celina Jeffery is an Associate Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She has curated over twenty international exhibitions and is the co-founder and editor of the online art journal Drain Magazine: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture. Her books include the edited anthologies The Artist as Curator (Intellect, 2015) and Global and Local Art Histories (CUP, 2007).
Since 2015, she has led the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded Ephemeral Coast - a curatorial research project exploring the changing ecologies of international coastlines and the subject of this presentation. Publications associated with this project include the Ephemeral Coast, S. Wales (Punctum books, 2015), as well as the journal issue Junk Ocean (Drain Magazine, 2016) and Blue Humanities (Symploke, summer, 2018), both of which are co-edited with Ian Buchanan.lock.