All talks, panels, and roundtables will be held at the University of Vermont. Artistic and musical events will be at various locations in Burlington.
SYMPOSIUM OPENING ASSEMBLY
10:00-10:30 am, Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center
Introductions and agenda setting, with Vermont poet-laureate Chard deNiord, Gund Institute director Taylor Ricketts, and others. EcoCultureLab coordinator Adrian Ivakhiv will describe the goals of Feverish World and invite audience members to participate in collaborative efforts to meet them. Among the goals: to experimentally develop new ways of regaining a sense of “agency” over the future. If the environmental crisis, as Natalie Jeremijenko has described it, is at root a “crisis of agency” — we don’t know what to do or how to do it, and the old and trodden ways of confronting problems only leave us more “stuck” in the same grooves — then the crisis cannot be resolved by the methods, strategies, or disciplinary paths of the past. How to proceed forward, then? Can art help us feel our way to new approaches? What sorts of experiments should be tried, designed, and developed? By whom and in what contexts? Feverish World aims to explore these questions through conversation and practical experiment.
SITUATING OURSELVES IN A FEVERISH WORLD
10:30 am-12:00 noon, Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center
Where are we, and who are we, today in this world, this time, this land? What are the landmarks by which we need to re-situate ourselves in our places and spaces (cities and regions), our cultural and political terrains, and our collective spiritual condition as a global society riven by stark inequality and wildly competing interests and worldviews?
Poet, writer, and digital artist Tina Escaja, Abenaki historian, archaeologist, and ethnobotanist Fred Wiseman, and cultural theorist and eco-philosopher Adrian Ivakhiv will reflect on the cultural, historical, and emotional contexts of our feverish world.
TENTWORKS / TENT TALKS
12:00 to 1:30 pm, University of Vermont campus and vicinity
Over three dozen TentWorks will be laid out in the Feverish World Tent City, located outdoors between the Davis Center, Bailey Howe Library, and the University Green, with some indoors in the Davis Center. Further info on TentTalks will be available at the event. Lunch will be available from food trucks. Conversation is encouraged.
Complexity, Mutualism, Ecopolitics
1:30-3:00 pm, Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center
In a world of richly entangled complex systems (biological, social, informational, and other kinds), what sorts of ethics, politics, and “ontologics” could steer us into more vibrant, beautiful, and mutualistic partnerships? Eco-artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko, digital artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris, cetacean biologist Laura May-Collado, and UVM Complex Systems Center artist-in-residence Jane Adams will reflect from the perspectives of the visual and design arts, the animal sciences, and the spaces between. Panel facilitated by Anne Strainchamps.
TENTWORKS / tent talks
3:00 to 4:00 pm, University of Vermont campus and vicinity
A second opportunity to see and experience the TentWorks, located outdoors between the Davis Center, Bailey Howe Library, and the University Green, with some indoors in the Davis Center. Further info on TentTalks will be available at the event. Conversation allowed and encouraged.
Fever Dreams—Nature, Art, Music
4:00-5:30 pm, Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center
How might more ecocentric futures be dreamed into existence through the arts? How is this already happening? Clarinetist, interspecies musician, and eco-philosopher David Rothenberg and eco-artist and critic Linda Weintraub will provoke with words, sounds, and experiments to nudge us in direction of thinking creatively about the challenges of the next fifty years. With facilitation by Steve Paulson.
SUNSET PERFORMANCE by WEATHER WARLOCK
6:00-7:30 pm, Champlain Room and Terrace, Champlain College
Quintron and Weather Warlock bring their New Orleans based performative experimentation to the windowed and open-air environment of the Champlain Room and Terrace. Using sun, wind, rain, and temperature to control a low-voltage monster analog synthesizer, Weather Warlock generates heavy bass drones with and for the setting sun. As we listen, we might ask: what is setting around us? What is to rise? Who are we in the midst of it?
9:00 pm, The Generator, 40 Sears Lane (off Pine Street), Burlington
Eco-artist-engineer Natalie Jeremijenko presents a talk and performance with fog machines, lasers, and tango. How might we tango our way into new and mutualistic relations with the lively world around us? Expect the unexpected.