Artist Talk Nerea Calvillo in Conversation with Nick Shapiro

New Nature 25. - 28.5.

Tue, 05/26/2020

2:00 PM


NEW NATURE | Artist Talk

May 26, 2020 at 14h00 EST Online and Livestream.

Nerea Calvillo in Conversation with Nick Shapiro
Followed by a Q&A session.
In English.

Free to the public upon registration.
Please register here.

The event will also be streamed on our Facebook channel.
Follow the conversation here.

This event is part of NEW NATURE - An Immersive Media and Climate Science Exchange between Canada - Germany - Mexico - US

A glimpse into the world of Spanish architect Nerea Calvillo, working at the intersection of architecture, science, technology, and feminist studies. In this candid talk, she converses with longtime friend and sometimes collaborator Nick Shapiro, about the synergies between their respective practices in the realms of air and environmental pollution. Together, they’ll discuss their imaginative approaches to translating empirical data into visceral experiences - via urban political ecology, new infrastructures of planetary mobility and ethics, collaborative practices, digital media, environmental mediations, ephemeral installations, exhibition design, and data visualisations. 

Nerea Calvillo Nerea Calvillo | © Elisa Fernandez Sanchez About Nerea Calvillo 
Nerea Calvillo investigates the material, technological, political and social dimensions of environmental pollution. This has led her to analyse notions of toxicity, digital infrastructures of environmental monitoring, DIY and collaborative forms of production, smart cities, and feminist approaches to sensing the environment, among others. She is the founder of the collaborative visualisation project In the Air and the architecture office C+arquitectos. Her current work, including Yellow Dust, is on toxic politics, pollen and queer urban political ecologies. Nerea is an associate professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. She is working on a book manuscript on Aeropolis.

About Nick Shapiro Nick Shapiro Nick Shapiro | © Akasha Rabut
Nick Shapiro is a multidisciplinary environmental researcher that studies, and designs interventions into, issues of chemical contamination, climate change, and mass incarceration. He has worked tracking the quasi-legal resale of 120,000+ chemically contaminated housing units after Hurricane Katrina, developing air monitoring systems with communities impacted by fracking, and testing fossil-fuel-free means of long-distance air travel. His current projects include: studying the efficacy and microbiome impacts of a low-cost bio-phyto air remediation system; supporting environmental research on toxic living conditions within carceral institutions; finishing a book about toxic homes, climate change, settler-colonialism, and the desire for a radically different future, provisionally entitled Homesick; Wrapping up his participation in the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), which he co-founded in 2016. He is an assistant professor of Biology and Society at UCLA and a member of the Aerocene Community.



NEW NATURE is a series of encounters over the course of 2020 between 25 leading climate scientists, artists, and technologists from Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United States. Working on the forefront of immersive technologies, the project participants will engage in a series of in-depth collaborations to reflect on climate change and imagine desirable futures.

More info about the project here.