[Local events] William Fox slide talk 2/23

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Feb 16 01:45:17 PST 2006

William Fox will be in Portland next week to give a slide talk and book 

Terra Antarctica: Looking into the Emptiest Continent 
(Trinity University Press)

Thursday Feb. 23 
7:00 pm
Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway
Free admission

Terra Antarctica is a slide lecture about the history of artistic, 
cartographic, and scientific images of the Antarctic, the world's most 
isolated continent. Fox shows how human cognition reacts to deserts, and 
then, when our neurophysiology fails to cope with such large and 
apparently empty spaces, how we deploy cultural means such as maps and 
pictures to compensate. He also conducts a guided tour of the world's 
largest desert -- its frozen expanses, the world's southernmost active 
volcano, the South Pole, and the Dry Valleys where it has not rained for 
two million years. Along the way, he traces how its art has changed 
since the first paintings were made inside the Antarctic Circle in 1773.

William L. Fox is a writer, independent scholar, and poet whose work 
constitutes a sustained inquiry into how human cognition transforms land 
into landscape. His nonfiction books, which rely upon fieldwork with 
artists and scientists in extreme environments, include Driving by 
Memory; The Void, the Grid, and the Sign: Traversing the Great Basin; 
Playa Works; Terra Antarctica; and In the Desert of Desire: Las Vegas 
and the Culture of Spectacle. Reading Sand: Selected Desert Poems 
1976-2000 was published by the University of Nevada Press in 2002.

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