Charles Stankievech / The Desert turned to Glass

Charles Stankievech / The Desert turned to Glass

On Tuesday, 7 November at 3pm CET Fabrica presents an online lecture by artist Charles Stankievech titled The Desert Turned to Glass.

At a moment obsessed with planetary endings, we must remember our beginnings. Spanning vast distances in space and time from outer space to Paleolithic caves, Stankievech’s recent research entwins science fiction speculation, ancient knowledge and contemporary theories on the origins of life, consciousness, and art. Collected as The Desert Turned to Glass (a recent exhibition and book), the body of work is a meditation oscillating between the cosmic and the chthonic.

Charles Stankievech is an artist redefining “fieldwork” at the convergence of geopolitics, deep ecologies, and sonic resonances. From the Arctic’s northernmost settlement to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, Stankievech’s practice uncovers the paradoxes of our existence on the planet by engaging with the imperceptible.

Exhibitions and performances at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; Kunst-Werke Berlin; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; TBA21, Vienna; ISSUE Project, New York City; TAE Foundation, Mexico; Venice Biennale; Santa Fe Biennial; Berlin Biennale; and Documenta 13. He co-founded the Yukon School of Visual Art and K. Verlag. He’s been editor at Afterall Journal since 2015, and his writing has been published by MIT, Verso, e-flux, and Sternberg. He is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, and visiting professor in the Department of Architecture, University of Tokyo for 2022–23.

Charles Stankievech‘s lecture is part of Fabrica’s “Co-ecologies” residency program curated by Carlos Casas.

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Tuesday 7th Nov 2023 — 15:00 - 16:00