THE END OF YOU Series: The Symbiosis Laboratory

With Jonathon Keats
Wednesday, February 19
7 – 8:30pm

Free with entry to exhibition
Reservation required

Almost all species innovate in evolutionary time, and much of the innovation is symbiotic. That’s served life well for most of Earth’s history, but may be insufficient in present conditions of extreme climate change and unpredictability. The Symbiosis Laboratory is intended to address this problem by facilitating invention of novel technologies for the collective benefit of diverse species.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the Symbiosis Laboratory, and an opportunity to address real-world needs of threatened organisms by co-designing new evolutionary prostheses for symbiotic resilience.

Jonathon Keats

Acclaimed as a “poet of ideas” by The New Yorker and a “multimedia philosopher-prophet” by The Atlantic, Jonathon Keats is an artist, writer and experimental philosopher based in the United States and Europe. His conceptually-driven transdisciplinary projects explore all aspects of society, adapting methods from the sciences and the humanities. He has exhibited and lectured at dozens of institutions worldwide, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Stanford University to the Triennale di Milano, and from SXSW to CERN to UNESCO. He is the author of six books on subjects ranging from science and technology to art and design – most recently You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, published by Oxford University Press – and is the author of a weekly online art and design column for Forbes. He has been an artist-in residence at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics, UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station, and the LACMA Art + Technology Lab, a Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an Imaginary Fellow at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and a Research Fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art's Center for Art + Environment. He is currently a visiting scholar at San Jose State University’s CADRE Laboratory for New Media, research associate at the University of Arizona’s Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, research fellow at the Highland Institute, consulting philosopher at Earth Law Center and the Museum of Tomorrow, Polar Lab artist at the Anchorage Museum, Flux Exchange Artist at Flux Projects, and artist-in-residence at Hyundai, the SETI Institute, and UC San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center.. He serves as co-director of the Alien Hybrid Garden at Arizona State University, and curatorial director of the Museum of Future History. A monograph about his art, Thought Experiments, was recently published by Hirmer Verlag. He is represented by Modernism Gallery in San Francisco.

THE END OF YOU Event & Workshop Series

This event is part of a series of programming for the immersive exhibition THE END OF YOU.
Attend lectures, workshops, and guided tours to learn more about the exhibition.