Natural Discourse: Fire!

Fire and the Wing House, George Bennett

Mesmerizing, destructive, seductive, powerful fire may be the single most important discovery in our history. A natural occurrence in the chaparral of Southern CA, used by indigenous people to manipulate the land, fire has become a feared destroyer of real estate. Contemporary ecologists are working to change the narrative of destruction and help us understand the ecological importance of letting things burn. Join a group of fascinating speakers to explore our profound relationship with this primeval force. Artists, scientists and thinkers will present talks on ancient pyrotechnology, fire-based ecologies, Burning Man, the Alberta Tar Sands, and fireworks.

And finally, fireworks!

Speakers include:

Thomas Fenn, Director of the Yale Center for Ancient Pyro-technology

John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech

George Bennett, photographer, will talk about fire at the Wing House in Malibu

Erica Newman, fire ecologist will talk about fire and the chaparral

William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, will talk artist, fire and Burning Man

Sara Hiner, musician and Eric Elias, pyro-technician, will talk about their collaboration on the fireworks at Hollywood Bowl

Mark Briggs, river ecologist with the World Wildlife Fund’s Rio Grande/Bravo Programs about controlled burns on the US/Mexican border

Mia Feuer, artist, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at CA College of the Arts, will talk about her work and the tar sands in Alberta, CA.