How do we perceive something as vast and intricate as an ecosystem in our hyperkinetic present era, even though we are situated in the very middle of it? Is it possible to unravel its interlacing chords and measure the magnitude of its life-sustaining impact on the planet—philosophically, psychologically, or experientially? Renowned philosopher Timothy Morton will speak to these questions in an exhibition-specific public lecture, during which he will contemplate the topics raised by artist David Brooks in his exhibition Continuous Service Altered Daily, now on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with artists Björk, Haim Steinbach, and Olafur Eliasson. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), and eight other books and 150 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. Morton blogs regularly at www.ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com.
David Brooks is a New York based artist. He has exhibited at the Dallas Contemporary (2010); Tang Museum, NY (2014); Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2011); Sculpture Center, NYC (2010); Miami Art Museum (2011); The Visual Arts Center, Austin (2014); Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg (2014); the Goethe-Institut, NYC (2014); Nevada Museum of Art (2014); and MoMA/ (2010-12). In 2011-12 Brooks opened Desert Rooftops in Times Square, a 5000 sq. ft. urban earthwork commissioned by Art Production Fund. Other major commissions include Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK (2012); Storm King Art Center, NY (2013); and deCordova Museum, MA (2014). He is currently on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.
Presented in partnership with Ridgefield Library. Register for the lecture and reception at aldrichart.org. Ridgefield Library is located at 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, and David Brooks’s exhibition is on view at The Aldrich, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, until February 5, 2017. For further information, call 203.438.4519
Left: Timothy Morton
Right: David Brooks, Disassembly of combine for Continuous Service Altered Daily, 2016.