Art and Science as Storytelling

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

The air-sculpted melts found as tektites and the warping, folding, growth and stress among crystals in rocks, all indicate that seemingly inanimate rocks are always on the move, create stunning artistic displays, and can make music—it all depends upon the stories we tell about them. 

In this panel, our guests will examine the ways in which storytelling is integral to both scientific and creative breakthroughs, particularly in the era of “post-truth” and environmental crises. The scientists and avant-garde artists will approach non-human matter from different scales of time, distance, and physical dimensions— from inorganic or microbial perspectives. They thus challenge conventional beliefs and human-centered aesthetics, probing the earth’s depths and outer space in search of beauty. Register for the event.

4:15 p.m. Pre-event showcasing installation views of Art, Object, Specimen

4:30 p.m. Presentations on Art, Object, Specimen by Benton past and present interns Sam Chan ’22, D’Maia Curry ’20, 2019-2020 Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Noor Tamari ’22, Kali Tindell-Griffin ’22

Welcome and land acknowledgement from Victoria Sancho Lobis, Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel ’23 Director, Claire Nettleton, Academic Curator, and Jade Star Lackey, Associate Professor of Geology, Pomona College. 

Performance by artist Bethan Kellough


Performances by Mick LorussoJoel Ong, and Victoria Vesna followed by Q & A

This event is co-organized by Claire Nettleton, Academic Curator, and Jade Star Lackey, Associate Professor of Geology and co-sponsored by the Department of Geology at Pomona College.

Register for the event. For more information, email Claire Nettleton.