A Conversation with Cauleen Smith & Ryan C. Clarke
A conversation between artist Cauleen Smith and geologist Ryan C. Clarke on the occasion of her exhibition Mines to Caves. Smith is a filmmaker and artist who produces evocative, powerful works about our place as humans on the planet. Recent research looks to climate change, land excavation, and the poetic import of the volcano as a site unclaimed by man. In this discussion, Smith sits down with Clarke for a conversation that reimagines the current geological epoch known as the Holocene. The pair will delve into Smith’s experimental 2022 book Volcano Manifesto, unpacking key reference points and research interests, in particular how Earth studies and Black studies can find kinship and mutuality. They will also put forth new cultural, relational methods for engaging with the Earth.