A lecture by Sean Connelly, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. Professor Mario Gooden, Interim Director of GSAPP’s MArch Program, and Dominic Leong, Adjunct Assistant Professor, will provide the response.
Sean Connelly (b.1984, O‘ahu, Oceania) is an artist-architect operating as an expert witness geomancer-mystic based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Works include sculpture, land art, experimental cartography, new media, landscape, filmmaking. Sean identifies as a ghost in the field—a queer, diasporic Pacific-Islander American white-passing person-of-color, local settler grandchild of immigrants raised in a culturally Hawaiian-Filipino-Portuguese family from Kalihi and He'eia. He/They operates patiently and collaboratively in the outliers of the profession, collaborating with those willing to legitimately intervene and address the complexities of indigenous futures for Hawai‘i. Sean’s accumulative work over the past decade has pioneered ideas in art, architecture, landscape, and design theory around Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and beyond. Their work strives to dismantle and replace architectures that oppress indigenous thinking and ways of knowing. Sean incorporated AFTER OCEANIC (Projects for Architecture Landscape Infrastructure and Art) to represent his/their artistic social practice emerging to assist in the contemporary recovery of indigenous systems (e.g. moku, ahupua‘a) as the basis for an ecological revolution in architecture, landscape, and urbanism. After Oceanic’s combined work over the past decade promotes justice-advancing futures around the dynamics of indigenous geography today.
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