DONALD FORTESCUE (CCA FACULTY) LECTURE: MAKING ART AT THE SOUTH POLE
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
March 28 @ 7pm
CCA’s Professor Donald Fortescue spent the austral summer of 2016/17 in Antarctica as a US National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Fellow. At the South Pole, he worked in collaboration with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory – a giant array of photon detectors buried miles under the polar ice. Donald approaches artmaking and astrophysics as two congruent practices of ‘fieldwork’ – both requiring the overcoming of logistical challenges, the deployment of sensitive and largely untested instruments, improvisation and adjustment to accommodate field, and comprehending and interpreting the resulting data.
Donald will talk about his time in Antarctica, outline the development of the various sculptural instruments he deployed at the Pole, and share some of the imagery, video and sound works that he is developing for exhibition.