We are thrilled to invite you to join us for the first 'Natural Discourse' event in Los Angeles on Saturday October 18th at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. In the upcoming symposium Roger Hangarter, PhD Chancellor’s Professor of Biology at Indiana University sheds light on the process of photosynthesis, Jenny Brown recounts her work with the renown Blaschka Collection of glass flowers at Harvard, the artist Christian Thornton talks about glass-blowing, energy harvesting and agaves, Marion Brenner addresses the subject of light and photography and John Carpenter will amaze us with his interactive digital works based on natural systems.

Roger Hangarter PhD Chancellor’s Professor of Biology, Indiana University. Roger conducts research on the physiological and molecular mechanisms by which plants sense and respond to environmental stimuli. He has published more than 75 research articles, served on the editorial boards of several research journals, was elected president of the American society of Plant Biologists, and is an AAAS Fellow. ​http://plantsinmotion.bio.indiana.edu/usbg/bios.htm

Marion Brenner’s photographs of landscape design haveappeared in numerous magazines, including Gardens Illustrated, House &Garden, T, the New York Times Design Magazine, Landscape Architecture, Sunset and Garden Design. Books featuring her work include Andrea Cochran: Landscapes, Olin Placemaking, and  Landprints, the Landscape Design of Bernard Trainor. Books of her photographs include New Garden Design and Living Land, the Gardens of Blasen Landscape Architecture. She has won an ASLA Graphics Award, and received a grant from the Graham Foundation to photograph eighteenth century Jardins Anglais in France.Currently she is working on a book on Parisian gardens to be published next fall.http://www.marionbrenner.com/
Jenny Brownis the Collection Manager of the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants at Harvard University, better known as the Glass Flowers. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Pratt Institute and a BFA in interrelated media from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Jenny has done cataloging, archiving, and collection management work for the estate of abstract painter Doug Ohlson (NYC) and in the studio of glass artist Toots Zynsky (Providence, RI) where she also worked as a studio assistant.

Christian Thornton is an American glass artist and co-founder of Studio Xaquixe in Oaxaca, Mexico. After studying in Washington State, he worked in New York City for 10 years in glass design and conservation. In 2000, he began working with recycled and alternative energy sources, first in St John USVI and then in Oaxaca, Mexico where he designed and built Studio Xaquixe. The Studio is built as a sustainable glass art center with formulation of waste glass, recuperation of heat, application of alternative energies and an innovative business model that adheres to the principles of social and environmental responsibility. In 2013, Christian collaborated with artist Bartaku to develop ‘nube de oro’, a project involving agave inflorescence stalks that took place at the Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca. http://www.xaquixe.com/index.php
John Carpenter is an interactive digital artist and designer whose work explores qualitative spaces in art and design. Based in Los Angeles, he works for Oblong Industries as a g-speak engineer and is a visiting professor in the Multimedia Arts Department at Loyola Marymount University. John earned his MFA from the department of Design/Media Arts at UCLA and has recently exhibited work at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, ACME Los Angeles and Young Projects. Prior to joining Oblong, John worked at Morphosis Architects and was an interactive designer at California Institute of Technology’s Brain and Biological Imaging Center with Scott Fraser, Russ Jacobs and David Kremers. http://www.johnbcarpenter.com/

What people are saying:

“The first symposia, held at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, were among the very best days I’ve ever spent sitting and listening to others speak. The focus is less on gardens and more on art, with lots of inspiring ideas and images. I wouldn’t miss it for the world”

Richard Turner, editor Emeritus, Pacific Horticulture Magazine

 "What we heard was an extraordinary series of lectures, a “natural discourse” that drew from the disciplines of anthropology, art, botany, design, science, politics, engineering: including The transformation of a sheep ranch in Sonoma county into a world class, Richard Serra-containing, outdoor art installation (I must see this some day*); the inception of the International Garden Festival at Chaumont sur Loire (I must visit this someday*); the making of the Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca, Mexico (I MUST go here someday*); the role of cellular structure, it’s actual physical shape, in furthering our understanding of stem cell biology (I may benefit from this someday).” Denise Maher, Garden blogger extraordinaire at ‘A Growing Obsession’

​ "I don’t recall the last time a conference left me in such mind bending elation. By the end of the first ‘Natural Discourse’ Symposium in 2012, all of us in that bright room at the UC Botanical Garden felt a rare sense of wonder, joy, fascination, gratitude, and camaraderie. Artists, poets, scientists, gardeners, designers, builders, academics, and curators – beautiful speakers all – presented their work to an audience who rose to the occasion, contributing questions and comments that advanced the presenters’ ideas, generated new ones, and created new connections.” Jason Dewees, Horticulturalist and Palm Broker, Flora Grubb Gardens

​Rat Pinapple image courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass





Natural Discourse: Light & Image

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
October 18th from 9 to 5

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