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In this Brief Time: Art, Environment and Ecology

A Symposium

Designing CommemorationImage: John Gerrard, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas), 2017 (detail, still)


Saturday, 24th November 2018
Emmet Theatre (room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Registration: 11.00               Conference 11.30 – 17.00

To be launched by
Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist, TCD

John Gerrard

Vivienne Dick : Clare Langan : Siobhan McDonald 
Deirdre O’Mahony : Geraldine O’Neill : Garrett Phelan
and a viewing of:
Vera Klute: The Grand Scheme (2013)

symposium introduction and conclusion:
Yvonne Scott


A number of distinguished contemporary artists will each give a presentation about how their work expresses dimensions of human relationships with the physical environment in the current epoch, which has been described as the Anthropocene, in recognition of how evidence of human activity is apparent in the planet’s geological layers, and of the threat to the ecosystem on which the species depends. The talks, illustrated with relevant examples of each artist’s work, will be followed by opportunities for questions and discussion


Convened by: Dr Yvonne Scott, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Director, Triarc (Trinity Irish Art Research Centre), Trinity College Dublin
Further information and Registration

Symposium Timetable

Note: The title of this event, ‘In this brief time …’  begins a sentence in Simon L Lewis and Mark A Maslin, The Human Planet; How we created the Anthropocene (Pelican, 2018), p.3. The authors use this phrase in discussing the extremely short time span of human presence compared with Earth’s 4.5 billion-year history and the extent of human impact in that brief period.


Last updated 12 November 2018