Past Event

Pastoral Follies and Lived Wisdom

June 16, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Online Event

A discussion at the intersection of art, climate change, environmental justice, and managed retreat.


Aviva Rahmani's international career includes public art, museum & gallery exhibits and publications. Her work has been written about & awarded numerous grants & fellowships. In 2022 she authored "Divining Chaos; The Autobiography Of An Idea" and co-edited "Ecoart in Action; Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities." Her ecoart projects include Ghost Nets (1990-2000) & The Blued Trees project (2015 - present), installed & copyrighted to challenge eminent domain takings by natural gas corporations across North America, culminating with an injunction in a 2018 mock trial produced by A Blade Of Grass. Rahmani holds a PhD in environmental sciences, technology & studio art from Plymouth University, UK and a GIS certificate from Lehman College. She received her MFA and BFA from CalArts.

Independent curator M. Charlene Stevens earned a BA in Art History at the University of CA, Los Angeles (UCLA), studied Art Education & photography at CA State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and Film & Photographic Studies at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. In 2016 she founded a digital art publication, Arcade Project and in 2020 launched a contemporary art gallery, Arcade Project Curatorial. Her curatorial projects include Dark Meat, a series of mixed media works on paper by Elizabeth Axtman at Satellite Art Show, Austin SXSW, 2019, TwistedTwins–XXY, an installation by Eva Mueller, at Satellite Art Show, Brooklyn, in 2019. In 2020 Ms. Stevens curated Gay Guerrilla: New Conversations in Queer Abstraction, an online group exhibition inspired by composer Julius Eastman & Rainbow Country, a solo exhibition of works on paper by Kevin Darmanie at Paradice Palase, Brooklyn. In 2021 she co-curated CURRENT|UNDERCURRENT with Linda Griggs at the University of Massachusetts’ Hampden Gallery in Amherst. She is a contributing writer for Hyperallergic & Foam magazines and has been featured in Forbes, Artnet News, Craft & Grit & Bedford + Bowery.

Noah Gotlib is an architectural designer and researcher based in London, UK. He studied architecture at TMU (formerly Ryerson University) in Toronto, Canada, and the Architectural Association in London, where he gained his M.Arch and AA Diploma with distinction. In 2022, he returned to the AA to teach in its undergraduate design studios. Noah has worked for a number of international practices in the UK and Canada, including Vogt, Alison Brooks Architects, and PARTISANS.

Introduction from Radley Horton, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia Climate School.

This virtual panel is presented by Columbia University's Climate School as part of the 2023 conference At What Point Managed Retreat?: Habitability and Mobility in an Era of Climate Change

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