Relevance of Place: Shannon Jackson, Jeffrey Gibson, Heather Hart, Ben Pease, & Lindsey Hinmon

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Relevance of Place: Shannon Jackson, Jeffrey Gibson, Heather Hart, Ben Pease, & Lindsey Hinmon

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 moderates a conversation about tradition, imagination, and accountability with artists Jeffrey Gibson, Ben Pease, and Heather Hart and with Tippet Rise co-director, Lindsey Hinmon. In this episode, these luminaries discuss their respective histories of creative practice as well as the role of fantasy and speculation in publicly-engaged art. Watch to hear them reflect about the social and aesthetic goals of their work as well as their hopes for Tippet Rise as a space of community engagement, artistic creation, and public accountability.

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