Jenny Odell: Looking at Cities

Jenny Odell: Looking at Cities

Join muraLAB to hear how San Francisco-based new-media artist Jenny Odell is documenting urban infrastructure systems and exploring the relationships city dwellers have to the resources that sustain them.

Monday, March 24, 2014 – Wednesday, December 31, 1969

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Jenny Odell – a San Francisco-based digital artist who teaches at Stanford University – explores how immaterial, Internet-based media can be crucial stepping stones to our understanding of the physical, and vulnerable, infrastructure systems that we rely upon to maintain life as we know it.

Odell uses digital tools, such as satellite imagery and mapping programs, to study and diagram infrastructural systems: wastewater treatment plants, electrical substations, solar fields, landfills. Her collages reveal dimensions of these landscapes in ways that they cannot be perceived in our ordinary experience; her hope is that, as we zoom back in from the satellite perspective, we will re-enter the world more keenly aware of the wires, turbines, pipes, silos and electrical towers that previously escaped our attention.

This muraLAB event is FREE, but RSVP is required: muralab@muralarts.org.

Location

Moore College of Art and Design, Stewart Auditorium
1916 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA

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