UCLA Art|Sci Center - DESMA 9
Art, Science and Technology Lecture Series
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Art, Science and Technology Lecture Series
Jess Irish 
Ecology + Art
Thursday, May 12th
 12:00 pm PDT // 3:00 pm EDT

Jess Irish will be talking about the making of her short documentary film This Mortal Plastik (2021), how she took an interdisciplinary approach to both the research and craft of making it, and what we might do towards changing the plastics crisis.

About Jess Irish

Jess Irish is an artist, designer, and writer who makes lyrical nonfiction films and cross-genre media. Her recent films include This Mortal Plastik, For While, and The Phantasmagoria of Offense: the male version which have won many awards including Best Director of Documentary Short, Best Long Short Film, Best Inspirational Film, Best Environmental Film, Best Hybrid Film, Best Experimental Documentary, Best Video Art, and Best Editing. Her films and artworks have screened in festivals both nationally and internationally. Her collaborative design practice focuses on environmental justice and empowering forms of new media. She is the principal designer for Visualizing Pipeline Impacts, which creates media and analyses on shale gas infrastructure in the northeast.


Irish is an Associate Professor of Design and Technology in the School of Art, Media & Technology at Parsons, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design research, hybrid works, and new media. She received her studio MFA from UC Irvine and her creative writing MFA from The New School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley, NY with her family of humans and dogs. 


Check out more of Jess's work:

Twitter: @jirish 

Instagram: @j.essirish 

Still from "The Mortal Plastik"
Still from "For While"
Still from "The Phantasmagoria of Offense: the male version"
Readings / Viewing:
1) TECHNOPOLY: The Surrender of Culture to Technology - Neil Postman 
2) Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
Special Guest:
Robertina Šebjanič is an internationally awarded artist, whose work revolves around the biological, chemical, political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and explores humankind’s impact on other species and on the rights of non-human entities, while calling for strategies emphatic towards other species to be adopted. In her analysis of the theoretical framework of the Anthropocene, the artist uses the term ‘aquatocene’  and ‘aquaforming’ to refer to humans’ impact on aquatic environments. Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, Falling Walls.
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