Relevance of Place: Shannon Jackson in Conversation with Ben Pease

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Relevance of Place: Shannon Jackson in Conversation with Ben Pease

Relevance of Place is an online series of site-specific dialogues that explore the meaning of place at Tippet Rise Art Center. Located in Fishtail, Montana, Tippet Rise is anchored in the belief that art, music, architecture, and nature are intrinsic to the human experience, each making the others more powerful.

Guided by Shannon Jackson, Chair of the History of Art Department at UC-Berkeley and a scholar of socially-engaged art, Relevance of Place invites artists, architects, designers, and creative thinkers to engage in conversation about the ethics, aesthetics, and relevance of place. These conversations explore “place” as a global, local, and personal concept as well as “place” as it refers specifically to Tippet Rise. In individual interviews and group dialogues, each guest offers stories and insights from their own practice. Together, they reflect on the historic past and sustainable future of Tippet Rise—as an environmental site, as a wide-ranging art center, and as a creative gathering space.

Here, Shannon Jackson interviews painter and public artist, Ben Pease, about Native resilience and resistance in his artistic practice, as well as the importance of indigenous worldviews – in Montana and beyond. In this episode, Pease speaks about the familial and political origins of his drawings and paintings as well as how his practice has expanded in its forms and in its reach to local and national audiences. Watch to hear him discuss his relationship to the landscapes and wildlife of Montana as well as how his art engages regional histories of colonialization.

Filmed in May 2023.

Director and Producer: Eric Felipe-Barkin
Editor and Post-Production Supervisor: Matthew Peccini
Director of Photography: Robert Rudis
Drone Operator: Nathan Norby
Additional Camera Operator: Matthew Peccini
Sound Mixer: Monte Nickles
Sound Assistant: Jim Ruberto
Sound Editors: George Drabing Hicks, Kenny Kusiak
Dialogue Editor: Christopher Woll