Maura and Dr. Yoldas

Maura- Lead Contamination

Photo taken by: Preny Riganian

 

Last Thursday, Maura explained her art exhibition in Broad Art Center. With her project, she displayed the issues in an area of Los Angeles where 10,000 homes are contaminated with lead dust. Children are mure successive to lead, as it goes directly inside the brain and causes drastic damages to development.

She described how plants can be helping this horrible situation. Plant cells can take up the lead and tore it in their vacuoles. Two of the plants that are helping are the Mustard and Sunflower plants. They can take up the led and store it inside their vacuoles.

Maura also explained that phosphates found in fish bones can make a compound with this lead that is less toxic, as shown in her art display:

 

Photo taken by: Preny Riganian



 

I was not aware of this lead contamination situation in Los Angeles, and so I was shocked when Maura explained it to us. The government should take big steps to resolve this major issue that can be harming thousands of children in the area. The longer it takes to fix this issue, the more damage this contamination will cause.





 

Dr. Pinar Yoldas- Causality is Broken: Can we fix it with art & design?

 

Photo taken by: Preny Riganian

 

Dr. Yoldas gave a very interesting and compelling talk about how causality is broken in today’s world and how culture is malleable. I liked how she introduced the talk, going from very simple topics and concepts to larger ones. This technique made me fully engaged and I understood everything she was talking about. Her slides and visuals were also very compelling and went alongside her talk very well. She discussed how the current time period could be named Capitalocene instead of Anthropocene, since a small group of people are causing the most damage on our world. She also discussed the concept of how we are all in our own bubble.


 

Photo taken by: Preny Riganian

Slide by: Dr. Pintar Yoldas


 

She also discussed how it only takes 60 years to change culture. For example, the “Throwaway Living” campaign occurred 60 years ago, and look what our world has become. Because of this, culture is malleable.

Photo taken by: Preny Riganian

Slide by: Dr. Pintar Yoldas