UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2015: Aurora Tang on Thursday, October 22.

Tang Balloon
“An exercise in balloon photography” via highdeserttestsites.com.

Aurora Tang demonstrates how research and adaptation of innovation will lead to intimate interpretation of land, as UNLV students will learn at the next Artist Lecture series on October 22 at 7 p.m.  The Center for Land Use Interpretation defines itself as a “research organization involved in exploring, examining, and understanding land and landscape issues” and the work adds elegance to the emerging field of archaeology observations, and often viewed from the air. That has the earth and sky become a monumental lab for field research. From High Desert Sites:

In 1858, Félix Nadar sailed above the newly transformed city of Paris in a hot air balloon. Camera in tow, he photographed the city from above and aerial photography was born. Returning to this early and simple form of aerial photography, Aurora Tang (assisted by Andrea Zittel and others attending the event) guided a weather balloon, equipped with a camera, across the expanses of A-Z West, creating a series of photographs that depict the land from above.

As a side note, Tang is also a keen observer at ground level. This past summer the curator penned a story on Zzyzx, a name known by anyone who travels from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and see the exit sign along the I-15. Tang went down the mysterious road for KCET to write about the former compound.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Aurora Tang is a researcher and curator based in Los Angeles. She is a program manager at The Center for Land Use Interpretation and the managing director of High Desert Test Sites. 

ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES: The UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series features a diverse array of some of the most compelling artists and thinkers working in the art world today. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students. This program has established itself as an invaluable resource for UNLV students and the public alike. The primary mission of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through visual presentations and discourse.

This post was written by Ed Fuentes. He is a UNLV MFA Fine Art candidate and produces Paint This Desert, a regional arts blog, and is a contributing arts writer for KCET.

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