Mississippi, an Anthropocene Story

August 20th, 2019

Does the river provide a structure for knowledge in the Anthropocene? The Twin Cities artist in residence dives in to find out.

Twin Cities Artist Residency

The Twin Cities Field Station Artist in Residence (hosted and organized by the Weisman Art Museum) will act as a free agent moving between all the field station projects, engaging with each project’s disciplinary or artistic practices, identifying shared questions produced through each discipline or artistic practice, with the goal of finding new insights. The Artist will use those insights to identify shared ways of knowing—ways that can unite the work of disparate projects into a single coherent story of the river, serving to identify new ways of practicing knowledge.

The Anthropocene is a new era in structuring knowledge as much as it is a new geological one. To address it appropriately, we must learn to ignore the traditional western disciplinary conventions and divisions in order to create a unified body of knowledge—or perhaps a story of knowledge—where the scientific, the communal, personal, and other ways of knowing have equally important place. This project attempts to construct such a story of knowing, taking the Twin Cities field station as a case study.

The project will take place between January–November 2019. During this period, the resident artist, Jen Caruso, will conduct regular meetings with researchers and develop a project that will translate into a part of Mississippi. An Anthropocene River culmination events in fall 2019. The exact form of the project will emerge in the process of the residency, and can be a piece of writing, a workshop, a curated exhibition, or something else.