Vapor Symposium

Vapor Symposium

Saturday, April 19, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: California College of the Arts, Timken Lecture Hall, 1111 8th Street (at Irwin)

In anticipation of Earth Day (April 22), this symposium presents a daylong gathering of speakers from diverse fields tackling questions at the intersection of climate change and the arts, sciences and policy.

Schedule for the Day
10:00-10:30: Introduction

10:30 - 12:00: Free Data: Monitoring our own environment, visualizing scientific data, and understanding the city

How do artists and scientists both deal with visualizing the invisible, be it air quality conditions, climate change, or our behavior and the ways in which it affects these? How have technologies moved from the science lab into the hands of "citizen scientists"? This panel will focus on how scientific data is being made accessible and relevant to the ways in which we understand the city.

Panelists: Natalie Jeremijenko (Artist), Eric Paulos (Artist) and Jamie Schulte (Artist)
Moderator: Alison Sant, Vapor Co-Curator

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch

1:00 - 2:00: Artists and Social Activism

How do artists provoke long-term changes in urban policy? How do their works serve to question the assumptions our economic systems and the definitions of public space? This panel will discuss the ways in which the strategies of artists and policy makers may help to promote urban change.

Panelists: Amy Balkin (Artist) Amy Franceschini, (Artist) Melissa Capria, (City of San Francisco Office of the Environment)
Moderator: Courtney Fink, Executive Director, Southern Exposure

2:00 - 2:15: Break

2:15 - 3:15: Architecture and Urbanism: Information networks, responses to air quality, and the city

How will architecture respond to our imperiled environment in the future? What important role will technology play in the evolution of our built landscape? This panel will explore the agency of designers in helping to re-imagine and regenerate our urban systems.

Panelists: David Benjamin (Artist) and Raphael Sperry (Architect, LEED professional, Sustainability member at SPUR and former President of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility)
Moderator: Jordan Geiger, Vapor Co-Curator

3:15 - 4:00: Reception

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The Vapor Symposium is co-sponsored by Southern Exposure and the California College of the Arts"