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Marina Zurkow Speaking Engagements – Harwood/UNM, New School/Parsons, Princeton

ViVA Artist Marina Zurkow is in high demand to speak to museum audiences and classrooms around the country. This week, Marina participated in a virtual program at the Harwood Museum in Taos, which is part of the University of New Mexico. Her work is represented in a current exhibition – “Remote Possibilities: Digital Landscapes from the Thoma Foundation Collections” – which brings together six of the world’s foremost contemporary artists to engage the tradition of landscape art. On view through February 27th, the exhibition also features John Gerrard, Kent Monkman, Bruce Nauman, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Leo Villareal, all of whom use digital technologies in the artistic pursuit of several themes: “veritable representation, the digital sublime, humanity’s need for control over the wild, and meaning-making of our natural world. The result is an exploration that is both ethical and sensory, pleasurable and devious.”

Marina’s many collaborators have also invited her to speak to classrooms around the U.S. Marina will talk with a New School/Parsons course led by Associate Professor of Visual Culture Radhika Subramaniam on February 10th. Subramaniam is a curator and writer with an interdisciplinary practice that deploys such platforms as exhibitions, texts and public art interventions as conscious forms of knowledge-making. She is interested in the poetics and politics of crises and surprises, particularly urban crowds, cultures of catastrophe and human-animal relationships.

In April, Marina will return to Princeton University, with another collaborator Sarah Rothberg, to speak to two of Professor Allison Carruth’s classes. Marina and Sarah will run workshops using their Investing in Futures world-building card game for two undergraduate and graduate courses in American Studies and Environmental Studies: Creative Ecologies: American Environmental Narrative, Media and Art, 1980-present (cross-listed American Studies, Environmental Studies, Art History) and Environmental Humanities in Theory and Practice (cross-listed Environmental Studies, American Studies, English, Media & Modernity)

Investing in Futures (2017) is a project that helps participants imagine future worlds—wild, impractical, idyllic, and utopian—and what it would be like to live in them. The project includes a deck of playing cards that can be used in world-building workshops (by yourself or facilitated by Marina and her collaborators), and artworks that they produce using the cards. Some of the futures inspired by the Investing in Futures deck may be possible and others may seem insane. As the collaborators note, “The world we already live in, in reality, is insane and would be hard to invent.” Investing in Futures was developed by Surya Mattu, Sarah Rothenberg and Marina Zurkow, in part through LMCC’s Process Space residency on Governor’s Island, and published and managed through More&More Unlimited (an Illogistics Company™). More&More has conducted workshops since the 2016 election at NADA Art Fair, in their Brooklyn studio, and at other colleges and conferences (University of Rochester, Haverford, and New York University). In February 2017 they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and, in addition to classroom workshops, they are now focusing their attention on new uses for Investing in Futures, including a Futures cookbook, among other projects.

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