Comfort Station is proud to present a lecture by Giovanni Aloi.
Summer in Logan Square: Cicadas and Pokemon Go
To some, this season will be remembered as the summer of Pokemon Go. A time in which youngsters and adults spent their evenings wandering around the boulevards in search of trophies from the 722 fictional species of little monsters engineered by Nintendo. As for myself, I spent my summer evenings keeping an eye out for dog-day cicada nymphs crawling out of the ground to transform into winged adults. Their resounding chime is the defining soundtrack of every Logan Square summer. This talk takes a keen look at this usually invisible, albeit very audible, insect considering the importance of modes of attention, animal representation, and environmental awareness in our everyday life. What are we bound to lose if we keep on looking in the wrong places?
Giovanni Aloi is an art historian in modern and contemporary art. He studied History of Art and Art Practice in Milan and then moved to London in 1997 to further his studies at Goldsmiths University where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History, a Master in Visual Cultures, and a Doctorate on the subject of natural history in contemporary art. Giovanni currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York and London, and Tate Galleries.
Giovanni has curated art projects involving photography and the moving image, is a BBC TV and radio contributor, and his work has been translated in French, Russian, Polish, and Spanish. His first book titled Art & Animals was published in 2011 and since 2006 he is the Editor in Chief of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (www.antennae.org.uk)
Comfort Society is a weekly lecture series held Sundays at 1 during the Logan Square Farmer's Market. Lecture topics range from the useful to the unexpected. Sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.