The creative minds behind Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists and Poets in the Garden present a diverse group of speakers who will address questions about how man's invention and interpretation of nature has influenced their practice.
This one-day symposium brings together creative minds from disciplines within the humanities, sciences and arts to reflect on the lively relationship between plants and humans. Speakers will discuss how the study of plants inspires material and conceptual innovations in their practices in ethnobotanical studies, stem cell research, architecture and visual art. The symposium compliments the exhibition Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden currently on view throughout the UCBG through 20 January 2013.
Dr. Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg, Anthropologist and Founding Director of the Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Gérard Dosba, Head Gardener and project manager at the Festival International des Jardins at Chaumont, France
Dr. Marie Csete, Division Director, Center for Cellular Therapies American Association of Blood Banks
Steve Oliver, President Oliver & Company, owner Oliver Ranch, a contemporary art collection of site-specific installations in Sonoma, CA
Ron Rael & Virginia San Fratello, Architects, creators of SOL House in the Natural Discourse exhibit
Registrants are invited to stay for an artists and speakers reception following the symposium, 5 pm to 7pm.