Jen Bervin, Interdisciplinary Artist
"Making a Place for Poetry in a Silk Biosensor"
Tuesday, January 31st 12:30-2:00 VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons II
Silk, as a material, is compatible with body tissues; our immune system accepts it on surfaces as sensitive as the human brain. In conjunction with Tufts University's Silk Lab, poet and visual artist Jen Bervin fabricated a silk film with the poem written in nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor, consutling nanotechnology and biomedical labs as well as over thirty international textile archives, medical libraries, and sericulture sites in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Dr. Pamela Smith, Columbia University
"Making Art and Knowing Nature in a Sixteenth-Century Workshop"
Wed., September 21st 12:00-1:30pm VCU Student Commons - VA Rooms A-B
Both through their writings and their works of art, early modern European artists and craftspeople participated in philosophical debates. This lecture examines their objects and their practices of making in order to bring to light their material philosophizing and their systems of knowledge.