Widely-used evolutionary metaphors for change have implications for interconnected local and global art worlds as shifting environmental conditions, including the pandemic, test the existing structures of contemporary art worlds, from art schools to biennales. Restrictions on travel and sociality, for example, set in motion changes in the physical and financial structures while challenges such as species loss and food insecurity challenge the intellectual relevance of artworks. In this talk, we consider the action of evolutionary metaphors in the art world at multiple levels.
Intermedia artist Meredith Tromble makes installations, drawings, and performances. Her work on the links between imagination and knowledge includes a long-term collaboration with geobiologist and Mars Rover scientist Dawn Sumner, on the Vortex series. Tromble’s work has been widely presented at venues ranging from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis to National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C and BioBAT Art Space, Brooklyn. Her most recent publication is the essay "The Vortex and D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson," in the newly-published D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's Generative Influences on Art, Science, and Design: From Forces to Forms, ed. Ellen K. Levy and Charissa N. Terranova.
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Collage of headlines from news stories about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the art world, 2020-2021.