Notes on Richard Bresnahan's 2006 Keynote Address "Ancient Fires to a Humane Future"

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Fall 2006


Art Practice | Arts and Humanities | Asian Art and Architecture | Ceramic Arts | Contemporary Art | East Asian Languages and Societies | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


Richard Bresnahan gave the opening keynote address at the 2006 ASIANetwork Conference. His speech, entitled “Ancient Fires to a Humane Future: Asia as the Foundation to Twenty-first Century Environmentalism,” demonstrated how the sustainable systems for ceramics production that developed in Asia over the past 5000 years have not only inspired him and his work, but have also informed his methodology. Bresnahan employed a diverse collection of slides to visually represent and reinforce the various themes of the lecture. We highlight several of these themes and images below.