Exhibition-related Symposium Brings Multidisciplinary Perspectives

OSWEGO — In conjunction with the exhibition “Bartow + Metzgar: Spatio Geographica” now in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery, Bartow + Metzgar have organized a symposium, “Emergent Collectives of the Human and Nonhuman,” for Friday, Oct. 9.

It will bring together speakers from visual arts, geology, biology, philosophy and geography to discuss the intersections of the human and nonhuman from a multitude of perspectives.

The symposium will meet from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 201 of the Campus Center and from 1:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall. It will conclude with a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m.

Bartow + Metzgar, a two-person collaborative, use experimental methodologies to investigate ways in which the human and nonhuman can be understood as a complex network of linkages that involve habits, histories, place and time that are co-producers of emergent practices for a future becoming.

B+M’s installation at Tyler Art Gallery, on display through Oct. 18, functions as an experimental archive of collections (organic, inorganic, cartographic and digital — video and audio) from various cities in North America. The installation includes research produced in collaboration with the departments of earth sciences and biological sciences at SUNY Oswego; the department of biological sciences at Texas A&M University-Commerce; and the biological sciences department of the College of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec.

Images from the gallery installation can be viewed at bartowmetzgar.wordpress.com.

Funding for the exhibition brochure and related symposium have been provided by Artswego and Auxiliary Services. This program is funded by the student arts fee. Exhibition preparation is also funded by a Rice Creek Associates Small Grant.