News Release

REF NO.: 67

SUBJECT: Memorial to host conversation about boreal forests, poetry and multimedia

DATE: November 4, 2014

Memorial University’s Department of English will host a conversation about boreal forests, poetry and multimedia featuring local environmental artist and poet Marlene Creates and ecocritic Dr. Derek Gladwin of the University of Alberta.

Ms. Creates’s multimedia environmental artwork and landworks provide examples of how the Internet can develop environmental awareness through what some scholars call “place-based practice.” She will begin with some examples of her site-specific environmental work, which spans more than three decades. She will then address a seemingly contradictory move, which was to create a virtual walk of the patch of boreal forest near where she lives in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s to publish online.

Dr. Gladwin’s interdisciplinary research converges on the areas of environmental humanities, spatial studies and social systems related to post-colonial, gender and Gothic studies. He will discuss how generating multi-sensorial experiences engages an audience more effectively and ultimately provokes environmental awareness through personal experiences of place. The talk will include a multimedia presentation of some of these ideas.

“What’s exciting about this event is a chance to hear two people, from different disciplines – the art world and the academic – talk with each other about their shared

interests,” said Dr. Danine Farquharson, associate professor of English and organizer of the event. “Those interests are so relevant to many of us today; they’re both asking how we can develop an environmental ethos in the 21st century using innovative forms of social and multimedia.”

All are welcome to the event, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 6, from 8-9:30 p.m. in room 1046 of the Arts and Administration building.

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