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@ DSI Opening reception with John Hirsch
February 21, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A psychology major turned photographer and educator, John Hirsch urges viewers of his work to probe and reflect on the ideas of community, recreation, and land use in America. The subject of this series is a research forest that has been owned and operated by Harvard University since 1907. “The forest offers a place where time’s passage is more consciously studied than almost anywhere else on the planet,” Hirsch says. “A place where technology and nature are so viscerally and overtly entwined that cables and wires emerge from the ground and descend from the sky, where trees are wrapped in plastic and metal, and the growth and movements of all things are tracked with unending precision.” Hirsch says that like the work scientists do in the forest, his images “seek to find a balance between description and intervention.” He adds, “This work is about a desire to understand, describe, and predict the evolution of our surroundings while showing reverence for the sublime moments in a place.”