24 Apr. 2018
This workshop focused on ways of engaging readers in new and different relationships with place. In a draft dissertation chapter up for discussion, McVarish deployed a range of ‘research fiction’ strategies to probe the line separating the ‘historical’ from the ‘visible’ in a given rural landscape. The goal of the event was to exchange ideas, priorities, wishes and concerns regarding the future of digital geo-humanities, using the text as a foil for speculation.
Maria McVarish also held a public lecture on Landscape Narrativity in 3DH: Questions for an Experimental Geography, the write up on the event can be found here.
Maria McVarish is an architect, artist, and visual researcher practicing in San Francisco. She has taught architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and interdisciplinary studies, critical theory and design at California College of the Arts. She is currently a doctoral student in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University, where her research centers on the impact of industry and technology on landscapes. Her essays, drawings and sculpture have been published in Memory Connection Journal, Diacritics, Zyzzava, How(ever), Architecture California: the Journal of the American Institute of Architects and The Art of Description: Writings on the Cantor Collections. Her architectural work has been featured in California Home and Design, Southface Journal and CNN’s television series Earth-Wise.