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Conversation: Gretchen Daily and IƱigo Manglano-Ovalle

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet


September 26, 2009; 105 Minutes; Audio

In this public conversation, Stanford-based ecologist Gretchen Daily and Human/Nature artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle share their ideas about value, ownership, biodiversity, the art world, and political economies of participation.

Gretchen Daily cofounded the Natural Capital Project in 2006. With projects in California, Hawaii, Tanzania, and China (so far), NCP works with governments and organizations to make environmental conservation economically attractive and commonplace worldwide.

For Human/Nature, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle made a film featuring the Mitsubishi saltworks, adjacent to the northern end of the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve in Mexico (also known as the Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaíno). The film presents the tension between the ecological fragility of this site and the industrial development that threatens it. In his artistic practice, Manglano-Ovalle investigates diverse subjects such as technology, climate, and the global impact of social, political, environmental, and scientific systems, often working in partnership with technical experts across multiple disciplines.