Archiving Eden: A Discussion

31 May 2020

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Sun, 31 May
14:00 – 15:00

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Artist Dornith Doherty will discuss her photographic project Archiving Eden—an extensive body of work that documents the complex issues surrounding science and human agency in preserving biodiversity.


Doherty will be joined by MOCA’s Learning Coordinator, Alexandra Brickman, as well as Sayeh Dastgheib-Beheshti and Ivana Obradovic, the facilitators of Archiving Eden: Exchange. Housed within a vault-like structure on the ground floor of MOCA, this work presents x-ray images of 5,000 seeds — the smallest number required to preserve a single plant species.

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Dornith Doherty is an artist whose work is concerned with our stewardship of the natural environment. Her photographic project Archiving Eden, is an extensive body of work that documents the complex issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in preserving biodiversity. Collaborating with scientists and seed banks on five continents, she has traced in precise detail the elaborate systems of secure spaces and technological interventions required for botanical preservation. Doherty is a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and her work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally. She is currently a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas. 

Archiving Eden: Exchange was originally developed as part of Idea Projects, a partnership programme between MOCA and the Ontario Science Centre that provided studio residencies to artists exploring science and technology through artistic practice. Idea Projects was on from September 15, 2018, to September 15, 2019, and was curated by Ana Klasnja.

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Dornith Doherty


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