Tree Talk: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 22
United States: 10:00am PDT, 11:00am MDT, 12:00pm CDT, 1:00pm EDT
Europe: 19:00 CEST Australia: 3:00am AEST, Friday, May 27
Daegan Miller with Brent Mathison
This talk is being presented on the occasion of the launch of an online essay written by Daegan Miller for Emergence magazine titled Of Wandering Angels and Lost Landmarks, in which the writer collaborates with photographer Brent Mathison to tell a story about the Thousand Mile Tree in Utah.
"On a visit to the tree that marks the thousandth westward mile of the Transcontinental Railroad, Daegan Miller confronts the unraveling story of American progress, a mythos that has irrecoverably transformed the landscape. Troubled by our accelerating path toward ecological disaster, he considers how our historical landmarks have shifted in meaning—leaving us lonely, adrift, and disoriented in the Anthropocene." Read or listen to full article, here
We will end the session with a poetry reading by Alicia Vogl Saenz.
Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.
Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts
Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.
Header image: ©Brent Mathison
"All of this signified a malfunction in the American myth. Manifest Destiny meant nothing without its triumphal conclusion: settling meant a return to Eden, an end to wandering. But the reappearance of the Wanderer—and thousands of real-life wanderers—the reappearance of loneliness beneath a landmark like the Thousand Mile Tree, meant that the story was as yet radically incomplete." —Daegan Miller
Daegan Miller is an essayist and critic whose book, This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent was chosen by Robert Macfarlane as a Guardian Best Book of 2018. He writes about all sorts of things—cancer and monkey wrenches, photography and philosophy—but always returns to his main concerns: what it means to be rooted both in space and in time, what it means to be living on a planet with other beings, and how we can all live lives that are green, healthy, just, and free. Daegan received his PhD in history from Cornell. He lives in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts with his family. daeganmiller.com
Brent Mathison is a photographer and alternative process artist based in Massachusetts. His photographs have been exhibited throughout New England and primarily focus on the natural and human-made landscape. He uses a variety of photographic methods and printing processes, both contemporary and historical, to bring attention to the details of our everyday world. A native of the South and recent New England transplant, sense of place is a core theme in Brent’s life, which he attempts to instill into his work. His most recent project, Of Wandering Angels and Lost Landmarks, a collaboration with author Daegan Miller, was published in Emergence Magazine. mathison.photos
Alicia Vogl Saenz is a poet, meditation instructor, and art museum educator who brings her queer and mixed immigrant background to her writing and teaching. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Grand Street, Poets & Writers, Pratik, and Mischief and Other Poetic Strategies. She is the author of the chapbook The Day I Wore the Red Coat and translated poet Mariano Zaro's book, Tres Letras into English, and is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop, the Lezerati Writer’s Group, and has been in residence at Hedgebrook. Currently, Sάenz is working on book of poems and short prose, “Wildlife Lives Here” inspired by Los Angeles as an ecosystem and natural habitat. The writing veers off of the well-trodden L.A. freeways and concrete waterways to burrow and nest with Los Angeles wildlife such as opossums, coyotes, and mountain lions; ride Santa Ana winds, wildfires, and earthquakes through the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains; unearth stolen water and betrayed ecosystems. She blogs at Translucent Matter. aliciabird.me