Playing with Fire Symposium

🔥 Register here.

October 7-9.
We will explore the pleasures, perils & politics of fire through art, theory, practice, and activism.  On the UCSC campus in the DARC building, room #108. More info

Confirmed speakers and participants include:

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle: Keynote
Roxi Power Zig Zag: Fire Poems
Becca Fenwick: Director, CITRIS Initiative for Drone Education and Research: Presenting UCNRS Fire Data
Karin Bolender: Artist and Director of the Rural Alchemy Workshop (RAW)
Justin Hoover, Artist and Director of the Chinese Historical Society of America
Brandon Smith, Director of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRC)
Benny Fillmore, Washoe Elder and Former Hotshot Firefighter
Laura Smith-Fillmore, Artist and Translator
Helen Fillmore, Environmentalist, Former Hotshot Firefighter
Julie Weitz, Artist: Golem: A Call to Action + Prayer for Burnt Forests
Heather and Michael Llewellyn: Artists and Curators of FORESTFIRE Exhibition
Kim TallBear, Professor of Native Studies, University of Alberta 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Everyone is welcome. The symposium is free.

All events take place at the UCSC DARC building. Google map link here. It's a big campus, be sure to follow our link! There are many food options for purchase on campus, have a look at the cafe link here.  We've also got a great link with directions to the DARC building hereYou can find everything else you need below, but if you have any additional questions, shoot us an email at info@earthlabsf.org, and we'll be happy to answer.

 

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

WHERE: All events are at UCSC in DARC #108 (Digital Arts Research Center), except where noted.

Friday, October 7

Time Event
6-6:30pm

6:30-8pm

Gather
Honoring our Environmental Art Ancestors: a Tribute to Newton and Helen Harrison

Presentation by Lauren Bon to celebrate the groundbreaking environmental work of the the Harrison Studio.

Open Mic for sharing stories about the Harrisons

Meet and Mingle with friends and colleagues of the Harrisons as well as with speakers and attendees.

Saturday, October 8

At UCSC in DARC #108 (Digital Arts Research Center)

Time  Event
10-11:00am
Morning Gathering

Coffee, tea and breakfast nibbles.

11:00-11:45am
A Warm Welcome & Introduction

Playing with Fire: an overview, Art professor, Beth Stephens, with artist, filmmaker Annie Sprinkle.

12-1:30pm
Smoldering Embers

Kali Rubaii, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Purdue University: Burn Pits 
Kim TallBear, Professor of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA->
On Fire
Becca Fenwick, Director of UCSC's CITRIS Program -->
A Drone's Eye View of the UC Natural Reserve System

1:30-2:15pm
Lunch Break

Ambient performance. (TBA)

2:15-4pm
Art and Artists On Fire

Heather and Michael Llewellyn: Artists and Curators of FORESTFIRE Exhibition
Laura Smith-Fillmore Artist and Translator-> Fire: the word for wildfire in Wà:šiw is yengi’iši’ or the plural of ‘running’ or literally ‘everything is running’ 
Justin Hoover: Artist and Curator -> Chinese Funerary Fires
Tracy Brown Artivist AAACC Fellow: Pure Love

4-4:15pm
Break
4:15-5:45pm
Flaming Desires

Nicole Rudolph-Vallerga
Courtney Desiree Morris
Karin Bolender, Artist and director of the Rural Alchemy Studio: T
he Rodeo Queen of the Pyrocene!  

6:00-7:30pm
Dinner Break
7:30-9:30pm
Feel the Heat: An Evening of Live Art and Film

Sopera de Yemaya, 20 minute film, by Courtney Desiree Morris
Justin Hoover: Two Buckets
Karin Bolender aka Khaw 
Roxi Hamilton: Fire Poems

Sunday, October 9

At UCSC in DARC #108 (Digital Arts Research Center)

Community Open Mike

Hosted by (TBA). Any and all attendees that want to can speak, perform, announce, comment, etc., for five minutes. 

Closing and Final Comments facilitated by Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle

Time  Event
10-11am
Breakfast

Coffee, tea and breakfast nibbles.

11am-1pm
Firefighter Stories

Brandon Smith, Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program, FFRP
Julie Weitz, Artist
Benny Fillmore, Wašišiw Elder, Hotshot Firefighter
Helen Fillmore, Environmental Scientist and Hot Shot Firefighter

1-1:45pm
Lunch Break

 

1:45-2:30pm
Community Open Mike

Hosted by (TBA). Any and all attendees that want to can speak, perform, announce, comment, etc., for five minutes. 

2:30-3:00pm
Closing and Final Comments facilitated by Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle

 

FOOD

Food available for purchase around campus, or feel free to bring your own.

PARKING

There is a fee to park in the UCSC parking lot. Our beloved parking enforcement team is extremely vigilant. Please follow the link here to avoid an expensive ticket.  

LODGING

We want you to be warm, comfortable, and cozy. Here are some places to stay:

Camping: The Redwood Resort has free camping for symposium participants and their close guests. This includes shower and restroom facilities. They're great friends of Annie and Beth, and are co-sponsoring this event! Please keep in mind that they're a 40 minute drive from UCSC. The map link is here. If you want to use this option, please contact Beth Stephens bethstephens@me.com

You may also like Henry Cowell State Park. They don't have a website, but the map link and phone number is here.

Hostels: There are lots of options here.

Hotels: A list of all hotels in Santa Cruz can be found here.

We love staying at The Ocean Pacific Lodge. They're offering a 10% discount for our symposium, just mention that you're going to UCSC when you book. We've had a great time there in the past, and it's a nice mid-priced hotel. A google map is here. For a high end experience, we recommend the Dream Inn. Their location is right next to the ocean, with incredible views.

 

Heartfelt thanks to our collaborators friends and sponsors

Dean's Fund for Excellence and the UCSC Office of Research

Thank you to the Ocean Pacific Lodge, UCSC catering, and India Joez. Thanks also to the incredible technical team of the Digital Arts Research Center.

Special thanks to our generous, amazing hosts: Donna Haraway, Shelly Errington, Nada Miljkovic, Kyle McKinley & Jennifer Gonzalez.

Our dear friends who gave their time to help us with this event: Scott Brandt, Dean Solt, ARI, Center for Science and Justice, Center for Arts and Science, Redwood Resort, Feminist Studies, Jennifer Gonzalez, Jordan Phillibert, Lindsay Moffat, Rachel Smith, Cowell College--Alex, Kristin Grace Erickson, Julie Rogge, Dr. Gary Greenberg.

Thanks also to the amazing UCSC staff.

  

 

Thank you everyone who gave their time and resources to help us with this event:

ARI, Center for Science and Justice, Center for Arts and

Science, Redwood Resort,

The amazing UCSC staff.

Thanks UCSC catering,

Thanks again to Nada Miljkovic’s KSQID.

Extra special kudos to Rogge Design for the poster designs.

Thank you all for coming!

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