Rocks: the Scientific and Speculative


Wed., Dec. 2, 6:30–7:30pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Pierre Robin, Professor Emeritus from the University of Toronto's Department of Earth Sciences, will discuss the science of Rocks, Stones, and Dust, and artists/witches FASTWÜRMS will provide an introduction to “Core Affect Traffic,” a future system for connecting human emotions using inner Earth dynamics.

A white room filled with wican iconography, references to internet culture, rocks, crystals and raku skulls, computer mice, cat heads, and dildos

FASTWÜRMS, C.A.T. (Core Affect Traffic), 2015. Raku, geological samples from FASTWÜRMS collection, and C.A.T. system configurations and iconography.

Bios

Pierre Robin is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto. His primary expertise is in structural geology and tectonics: he is concerned with where, why and how rocks deform, from earthquake mechanisms, to folding and faulting, and to Plate Tectonics.

Formed in 1979, FASTWURMS is the cultural project, trademark, and joint authorship of Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse. FASTWURMS creates multidisciplinary, multimedia artworks that integrate time based, performance, and visual art in the context of immersive installations, social exchange and event architecture principles.FASTWURMS artwork is characterized by a determined DIY sensibility, Witch positivity identity politics, and a keen allegiance towards working class, queer alliance, and artist collaborations. FASTWURMS cultural practice is predicated on the mutual exchange and circulation of aesthetic knowledge as a public and performative narrative.