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Revolving Sky: artists and scientists exploring human experiences of earth and sky

Today’s big environmental challenges cross disciplinary boundaries, requiring academics to collaborate outside their sphere and translate research language to the general population. Contemporary performance artists who address these broad audiences frequently incorporate scientific and indigenous knowledge about environmental issues within their work. Yet, opportunities to work together from the outset of a project are rare. No existing national program directly places environmental performance makers and scientists together to create new knowledge and imagine new futures.

This pilot project brings together native performance artist Ty Defoe and the collective All My Relations with a cohort of U of U faculty and students to exchange and develop knowledge linked to our dark skies and earth science surroundings. As they develop and complete their performance piece “Revolving Sky”, All My Relations will be in residence at the University of Utah over multiple visits. The cohort will participate in a variety of workshops and experiences, including site specific field experiences, and connect into existing courses/seminars. Participation in the cohort will culminate in transformative new research, knowledge, and modes of communication across discipline, e.g. publications, presentations, new courses, and performances.

In addition to the faculty listed, this project is supported by the Global Change & Sustainability Center, UtahPresents, and the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies.


Brooke Horejsi
College of Fine Arts
Project Owner

College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Geology & Geophysics

College of Fine Arts

Daniel Mendoza
School of Medicine

Project Info

Funded Project Amount

Environment, sustainability, art, performance, collaboration, dark skies, global change, theatre, eco-dramaturgy, traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous futurities, creativity

Project Status
Funded 2020
Last Updated: 1/23/20