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Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and The Postnatural Opens at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

By nbattis
Jan 17, '19 7:48 PM EST
pneumastudio, "Terra Sigillata," 2017. Collage by Cathryn Dwyre. Courtesy of pneumastudio.
pneumastudio, "Terra Sigillata," 2017. Collage by Cathryn Dwyre. Courtesy of pneumastudio.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery’s latest exhibition assembles over forty contemporary architects, artists, and landscape architects whose work challenges the division between the built and the natural environment. In the Anthropocene epoch, humans have been fundamentally displaced from a place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially, and Western civilization’s traditional distinctions between nature and culture have eroded. Ambiguous Territory asks, can art and design avail new ways to approach contemporary challenges regarding the environment? What new worlds, and what new concepts of nature and culture can art and design reveal that other modes of inquiry and knowledge cannot?

Ambiguous Territory was organized by the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

Participants: Ellie Abrons, Paula Gaetano Adi & Gustavo Crembil, amid.cero9, Amy Balkin, Philip Beesley, Ursula Biemann, The Bittertang Farm, Edward Burtynsky, Bradley Cantrell, Brian Davis, Design Earth, Mark Dion, Lindsey french, Formlessfinder, Adam Fure, Future Cities Lab, Michael Geffel, Geoarchitecture @ Westminster, Geofutures @ Rensselaer Architecture, Harrison Atelier, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Lisa Hirmer, Lydia Kallipoliti & Andreas Theodoridis, Perry Kulper, Sean Lally, Landing Studio, Lateral Office & LCLA, LiquidFactory, Meredith Miller & Thom Moran, NaJa & deOstos, NEMESTUDIO, Mark Nystrom, Office for Political Innovation, OMG, The Open Workshop, pneumastudio, Rachele Riley, Alexander Robinson, RVTR, Smout Allen, smudge studio, Neil Spiller, Terreform ONE, Unknown Fields, and Marina Zurkow.

Curators: Cathryn Dwyre, Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and principal of pneumastudio Chris Perry, Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and principal of pneumastudio David Salomon, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College Kathy Velikov, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and principal of RVTR

December 7, 2018 – February 7, 2019 

Pratt Manhattan Gallery 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor New York, NY 10011

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