Imagining the Atmospheric Invisible, A Virtual Symposium

Apr 10, 2021 | 3:00PM

Margareta Ingrid Christian will be speaking at this event:

Imagining the Atmospheric Invisible


Pre-recorded lectures posted to this website beginning March 22, 2021 - Webinars April 10 & 11 2021, 3 PM EST

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Conceived in a moment of increased consciousness of the political and aesthetic dimensions of the air we breathe, this symposium is intended to be a forum for scholars across a number of disciplines in the humanities to consider how a visual study of air could augment our understanding of it as a cultural artifact, scientific object, or artistic medium. 

Against the hazily looming backdrop of anthropogenic climate change, recent events of national and global import have drawn special attention to the status of “air” as more than just the chemical ‘stuff’ humans in- and exhale. Rather, air is a complex amalgam of particles and practices, effects and affects — a literal and metaphorical medium for thoughts and things, as manifold in its meanings as it is literally ubiquitous on planet earth.


The symposium is organized into two-panel sessions with three participants each. Both panels contain three pre-recorded presentations and a live session. The pre-recorded lectures will be available beginning March 22, 2021, on this website. Attendees may watch the lectures and submit questions in advance of the live webinars. We will hold the Q&A webinar sessions on April 10 & 11, 2021 at 3 pm EST.

Participants include Sugata Ray, Kimberly Bain, Margareta Ingrid Christian, Yuriko Furuhata, Silvia Benedito, and Ina Blom.

Organized by Jessie Alperin and Troy Sherman with Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, sponsored by the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art at the Clark Art Institute & Venti Journal.