Landscape, Art and Other Worlds: A discussion with science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson

Tempe, AZ

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How do we invest landscapes with meaning, and how do they shape our thinking? What is the role of art in making new worlds and sharing visions of the future, the present and the past?  Join award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson, Desert Initiative Director Greg Esser and artist Miguel Palma for a freewheeling discussion about the intersections between fiction, art and landscapes on this and other planets.


Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. In addition to 2312, he is the author of eleven previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Fifty Degrees Below, Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Antarctica - for which he was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation as part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers' Program. He lives in Davis, California.


Greg Esser is the associate director of the Desert Initiative, a creative collaboration that brings together more than thirty leading museums, cultural centers and organizations, universities and public agencies connecting the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin Deserts to present innovative interdisciplinary investigations of the desert including exhibitions, lectures and commissions.


Miguel Palma is a Portuguese artist who creates large-scale installations out of industrial and used objects that often take the form of intricate, self-sustaining systems. "Trajectory," Palma's exhibit at the ASU Art Museum, engages issues through the lens of exploration: military history in Arizona and the Southwest, the military’s role in desert preservation, the history of Manifest Destiny and colonialism in populated places, strategies of adaptation and the role of technology in desert survival.