Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Freie Univsität Berlin will present sections of her research on comparative policy approaches in the United States and Germany and respond to the research-based art practice developed by Klaus Hu during his residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. A conversation between the artist and Professor Schreurs will follow with an opportunity for questions and answers from the audience.
1 landscape as prototype / land-use in detail
2 property / housing
3 mining and resources / conflicts / espec. uranium mining & landfills
4 water rights / distribution / local & global
5 ecological / economic concerns
A talk presented by SomoS as part of Klaus Hu’s exhibition Unsettled Landscapes (on view at SomoS 08.5.2015 – 08.22-2015).
Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs:
Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs is the director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. Prior to this she was Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland. Schreurs’ work focuses on comparative environmental politics and policy in Europe, the US, and East Asia. She was born and raised in the United States and has also lived for extended periods in Japan and Germany and briefly in the Netherlands. Her PhD is from the University of Michingan and her MA and BA from the University of Washington. She has also spent time researching or teaching at Harvard University, Utrecht University, the Freie Universität Berlin, Keio University, Chuo University, and Rikkyo University and has held fellowships from the SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Program on International Peace and Security Affairs, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Science Foundation/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In July 2008 Miranda Schreurs was appointed to the German Advisory Council on the Environment.
Berlin based visual artist Klaus Hu occupies himself with human’s ruthless shaping and destruction of the environment, working across different media with research based topics and mapping strategies. His work is informed by archival research as well as traditional studio-based techniques; juxtaposing historical material with contemporary and critical investigations upon global / local issues of identity and transformation while implementing narrative and abstract notions. By mapping narrative and structural / reflective territories, his paintings depict landscapes and abstracted story lines in mostly large scale formats.