I’ve given several talks about my work on dinosaurs at various science and interdisciplinary conferences, including Webwise 2011, organized by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and held in Baltimore; True Colors, organized and hosted by the Museum of the Earth, featuring Gregory S. Paul as a co-panelist; and Life & Literature, organized by the Biodiversity Heritage Library at the Field Museum in Chicago, and Fluid, organized by the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. I also organized my own panel, Dinosaurs on Our Minds, featuring paleontologists from the Museum of the Earth as well as Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics. I have also given these presentations at art and education venues including West Virginia University and Cazenovia College.
These presentations are simultaneously summaries of my dinosaur work in general as well as being performances in and of themselves. They are really a distilled form of my attempt to turn art into a pure conversation between myself and others, similar to other “talking” artworks by artists like Ian Wilson, Tom Marioni, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Joseph Beuys, and Adrian Piper. In a sense, they are the purest version of my dinosaur work.
Photo credit: Life & Literature conference Flickr feed.