Artist Alejandro Meitin presents Art in a Bioregional Scale, a lecture that shares the artistic practice of Ala Plástica in Argentina's Río de la Plata Basin and develops a discussion about the nature and effectiveness of combining research and territorial action with artistic methods. Ala Plástica is an art and environmental organization that works on the rhizomatic linking of ecological, social, and artistic methodology, combining direct interventions and defined concepts to a parallel universe without giving up the symbolic potential of art. The collaborative takes an intuitive, emotional and phenomenological approach to a variety of artistic initiatives that effect communities and the environment, while promoting the potential of art to transform.
Alejandro Meitin is an artist, lawyer, environmental activist, and co-founder of the art collective Ala Plástica (1991), which is based in La Plata, Argentina. Since 1994 he has been a member of Arte Litoral, an independent network of artists, critics, curators, and scholars interested in new ways of thinking about contemporary artistic practice and critical theory. Meitin has been involved in researching and developing collaborative artistic practices and has a number of exhibitions, residencies, and publications to his credit. He has also taught courses and given lectures in Latin America, North America, and Europe.
This Land/That Land: Discussions About Political Ecology and Place is a program series supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The series precedes the exhibition The Earth Will Not Abide, on view at Gallery 400 in the spring of 2017.
This series is affiliated with Deep Time Chicago, an art/research/activism initiative investigating humanity as a geological agency, and offering a variety of formats where Chicago area inhabitants can grapple with the crucial questions of global ecological change. See deeptimechicago.org for more details.