An Art & Science-Inspired Walk led by performance artist, Katie Kehoe and leading climate scientist, Dr. Jagadish Shukla, featuring an interactive performance by Heloisa Escudero.
George Mason University’s School of Art and Provisions Research Center for Arts & Social Change, in conjunction with City as Living Laboratory (NYC), will present a public participatory walk to highlight impacts of flooding along the Anacostia River.
The Anacostia walk will be experiential, facilitating dialogue and reflection among participants, the artists and scientist. The serene character of these islands, which are home to a plethora of wildlife, offers a unique opportunity for this exchange. The Anacostia was, at one time, a mile wide at this location, with no islands in its midst and now, with sea level rise, the river is taking the area back.
Katie Kehoe works predominantly in object-based performance and often incorporates site specificity, duration, social engagement and adaptive reuse of materials as defining artist elements. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and her work has been presented across Canada and the US, highlights include The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, RedLine Contemporary in Denver and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Katie also teaches p/t in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department and Foundations Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the Photo Department at George Mason University, VA.
Jagadish Shukla was born in 1944 in a small village (Mirdha) in the Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, India. This village had no electricity, no roads or transportation, and no primary school building. Most of his primary school education was received under a large banyan tree. He passed from the S.R.S. High School, Sheopur, in the first class with distinction in Mathematics and Sanskrit. He was unable to study science in high school because none of the schools near his village included science education. His father, the late Shri Chandra Shekhar Shukla, asked him to read all the science books for classes 6 through 10 during the summer before he was admitted to the S.C. College, Ballia, to study science. After passing the twelfth grade from S.C. College, he went to Banaras Hindu University (B.H.U.) where, at the age of 18, he passed BS (honors) with Physics, Mathematics, and Geology in the first class and then earned the MS in Geophysics in the first class in 1964. He received PhD in Geophysics from BHU in 1971 and ScD in Meteorology from MIT in 1976. He is currently a professor at George Mason University and the Director of the Climate Dynamics Program