FF – Distance Edition: Torkwase Dyson

The artist discusses her investigations of physical, social, and environmental infrastructure live from her installation at Pace Gallery.

January 9, 2023

Recorded on December 7, 2022.

The League’s FF – Distance Edition events are informal online studio visits offering a behind-the-scenes look at leading design practices.

In this video, artist Torkwase Dyson delves into the role of infrastructure and grounds in her work in a presentation of projects including:

  • Studio South Zero, a mobile solar-powered art studio that Dyson drove across the country to explore sites impacted by climate change and environmental injustice
  • Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Justice, an exhibition with an accompanying series of talks and workshops with architects, artists, environmentalists, poets, and scholars
  • Liquid A Place, a collaborative performance and multimedia installation that served as a stage for artists to engage with issues of environmental racism, spatial liberation, and sensoria.

The presentation is followed by a conversation with Mario Gooden, director of Mario Gooden Studio: Architecture + Design and a professor of professional practice at Columbia GSAPP that touches on the role of language in Dyson’s artistic process, liquidity as a tool for Black liberation, and approaching workshops with the understanding that all the necessary information is already in the room.

The program was live streamed from A Liquid Belonging, Dyson’s site-specific show at Pace’s New York gallery.


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