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Lecture by Sue Spaid, “Be Biodiverse: Bees, Art, and Diversity”, a part of the “Overview Effect” project.Talk programs | 07.12.2020
Sue Spaid and her husband adopting Marie-Theresa, a biodiverse Cosmopolitan Chicken as part of Koen Van Mechelen's participatory project Perfect Stranger (since 2017).Photography: Stoffel Hias
The Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to a lecture by Sue Spaid, “Be Biodiverse: Bees, Art, and Diversity”, a part of the “Overview Effect” project.
Thursday, 10 December 2020
6 pm – 7:30 pm
The lecture will take place on Zoom and will be accessible through the Museum's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MSUB.MoCAB/
In 2002, I inferred that biodiversity is directly proportional to cultural diversity from the following quote: “Of the nine countries where 60% of the world’s remaining 6500 languages are spoken, six (Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Zaire [Democratic Republic of Congo] and Australia) are also centers of megadiversity for flora and fauna”. Based on this very basic notion, I have since developed the Protect-Respect-Multiply mantra to explain biodiversity's dependence on human diversity. With this talk, I describe how this mantra came about, discuss the relationship between biodiversity and human wellbeing and then review scores of artists' projects focused on improving biodiversity. Such artworks either publicise the importance of biodiversity, reverse species loss or began as experiments meant to test potential solutions.
An art critic since 1990, Belgium-based curator Sue Spaid has published well over 100 reviews in Art issues, Art Papers, Art in America, LA Weekly, Art/Text, The Village Voice, artUS, and Hart; and 70 exhibitions essays for museums and galleries. In 2013, Spaid earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Temple University. Her first philosophy book The Philosophy of Curatorial Practice: Between Work and World, which is considered the first monograph to address exhibitions, reflects 30 years of curating experience.
Since 2002, she has published five books on art and ecology, including Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies, 1957–2017, which accompanied an exhibition presented at De Domijnen Hedendaagse Kunst in Sittard, NL and the Internationalen Waldkunstzentrum Galerie in Darmstadt, DE.
Associate Editor of Aesthetic Investigations. Spaid’s philosophy papers have appeared in books such as The State of Art Criticism (2008), The Philosophy of Arthur Danto (2013), Arte y Filosofía en Arthur Danto (2016), Advancements in the Philosophy of Design (2017), and journals such as The Journal of Somaesthetics, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Rivista di Estetica, Popular Inquiry, Art Inquiry: Recherche sur les art, Philosophica.