Relevance of Place

Relevance of Place is an online series of site-specific dialogues that explore the meaning of place at Tippet Rise Art Center.

Left to Right; Rhema Mangus, Francis Kéré, Cathy Halstead, Shannon Jackson, Ronald Rael, and Pete Hinmon

Guided by Shannon Jackson, Chair of the History of Art Department at UC-Berkeley and a scholar of socially-engaged art, this platform 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, a site that brings together “art, music, land, sky, and poetry” creating an “algorithm that is greater than the sum of its parts.” 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.

Relevance of Place: Ronald Rael

Designer, artist, and architect Ronald Rael speaks about how an indigenous understanding of land and materials inspires his contemporary innovations in art, design, and new technology, and shares his response to Tippet Rise.

Relevance of Place: Walter Hood

Artist and designer Walter Hood discusses how his unique process reimagines the ethical and artistic possibilities of a landscape, and how he responds to sculpture within the landscape of Tippet Rise.

Relevance of Place: Laura Viklund

Architect Laura Viklund talks about the community principles of timber-framing and how they have informed her architectural designs as well as her role as an interpreter between artists and the Tippet Rise site.