Claire Pentecost discusses her 12-year inquiry into global and local food systems in a talk titled: Thriving in a Failed Paradigm on Monday, November 8 at 5 p.m. in the Alice Ilchman Science Center, Room 103. In this context she will discuss the role of the artist as “Public Amateur”: a person who publicly performs learning in order to expand collective understanding of our very complex and risk-laden world. The lecture is part of the Environmental Studies/Science Technology and Society Colloquium series: The Arts in a Time of Environmental Crises: Interventions and Provocations.
Associate Professor in the Department of Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pentecost’s work engages a variety of strategies: collaboration, research, teaching, field work, writing, lecturing, drawing, installation and photography in an ongoing investigation and interrogation of the institutional structures that organize and order knowledge. Her Website, The Public Amateur, promotes people whose work crosses and disturbs the disciplinary boundaries that traditionally cleave to the authorized specialist.