‘Spatial Ecologies’ research exhibition opens

Spatial Ecologies, a pop-up exhibition and research presentation by students and faculty from New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design, will be on display January 18-19 at Ringling’s The Works project space. There will be an opening reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18. This exhibition follows the recent interdisciplinary, cross-college course which explored ecological and community interactions in the context of contemporary art research.

Display poster for Spatial Ecologies project at The Works This exhibition uses art as a space for speculative thinking, creating models, ranging from the poetic to the concrete, for rethinking our shared ways of being. The artists in this exhibition draw from their own diverse research practices, using art as a platform for creating engaged communities. The work challenges our connections to indigenous spaces, correlates immigration and invasive species, creates kinship between the non-human and the human, animates the compostable nature of thought, conjures an eco-poetics for the Anthropocene, and produces strategies for being with a world that thinks itself alone.

The Works is the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College’s experimental curatorial lab space. This iteration of Spatial Ecologies is being presented at The Works through the Sarasota Art Museum’s “Architecture in the Anthropocene” project, which examines how humans should build and be in this era.

The Works is located at 891 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on January 18-19. Limited parking is available, and the Museum encourages the use of public transportation, low impact transportation modes (cycling, walking, etc) and carpooling.

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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