Visibility of Time: Alicja Kwade Panel Discussion

October 18, 2019
Event Types
Talk / Lecture
Colored geometric rocks and boulders are installed between vertical sheets of miror.

Alicja Kwade, Trans-For-Men 11 (Fibonacci), 2019 Mirror, berg crystal, ceramic, sandstone, concrete, limestone, granite, marble, volcanic stone,bronze, aluminum, corten steel. 38 1/8 x 342 1/2 x 26 1/4 inches (96.8 x 870 x 66.7 cm)Courtesy Winsing Arts Foundation, Taiwan.

In conjunction with the exhibition Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances, this conversation explores the relationship between Alicja Kwade’s work and principles of science and history that relate to visualizing the concept of time. How do we perceive time; what are the theories of time; what is fabricated and what is illusion? Join artist Alijca Kwade, Jimena Canales, historian of the physical sciences, and Taylor Perron, Associate Professor of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences at MIT in a discussion about visualizing time through both abstract and concrete terms. This discussion will reconsider what is actually real, and explore the possibilities of the imagination. 

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About the Speakers

Jimena Canales is an expert in 19th and 20th century history of the physical sciences, working for a better understanding of science and technology in relation to the arts and humanities.

She received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of Science and has a BSc in Engineering Physics. Her first book, A Tenth of a Second: A History (2009) was listed as one of The Guardian’s Top 10 Books About Time and her second book  The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time (2015) appeared as 10 Books to Read if “A Brief History of Time” Was Too Brief by Undark, Books of the Year for 2016 by The Tablet, Best Science Books in 2015 by Science Friday, NPR, Public Radio International, Brainpickings and Top Reads of 2015 by The Independent. Her work for general audiences has been published by The Atlantic and The New Yorker, among others, and has been presented at the Musée Georges Pompidou, the 11th Shanghai Biennale, and the Serpentine Gallery in London. She is a contributor to the forthcoming exhibition catalogue in conjunction with Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances.

Alicja Kwade’s artworks have been presented in museums worldwide including solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2019); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2018); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (2018); YUZ Museum, Shanghai (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2015), and many others. In 2017, Kwade mounted a large-scale installation title WeltenLinie (One in a Time) as part of the 57th Venice Biennale exhibition. Her work is part of many public collections, such as Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland; and Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Poland.

Taylor Perron, Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences at MIT, studies how landscapes form on Earth and other planets. His approach combines fieldwork, computer simulations, analysis of satellite and spacecraft data, and laboratory experiments. His group’s research is organized around four themes: landscape patterns; climate and landscapes; landscapes and the human past; and planetary landforms. Prof. Perron holds an AB in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Archaeology from Harvard University and a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances is organized by Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center and will moderate Visibility of Time Panel Discussion. 

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