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Abolitionist Looking at Lichen

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March 25 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Join Laurie Palmer, artist and professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for a walk that invites us to look closely at lichens. How can a tiny organism transform our understanding of big structural problems and human relations? How can the act of looking at lichen help undo the scopic violence that we have inherited from the Enlightenment? What can algae teach us about abolition? These questions and more are broached in Laurie Palmer’s new book, The Lichen Museum, which draws on the physiological characteristics of lichens to envision alternative ways of living based on interdependence rather than individualism and competition.

Please meet at UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences, 100 Panetta Ave., at 2 p.m. and we will proceed as a group for the lichen walk.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP suggested, but not required. Please RSVP using this form.

Please note: this event (originally scheduled for March 11) has been rescheduled for March 25.

Laurie Palmer

A. Laurie Palmer is an artist, writer, and teacher. Her work is concerned, most immediately, with resistance to privatization, and more generally, with theoretical and material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds. Her work takes various forms as sculpture, installation, public projects, and writing. Palmer teaches in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.