Lost Utopias/Islands of Abandonment

Centre for Sustainable Curating and Museum London present:

Jade Doskow and Cal Flyn
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Cost: Free

Online/Zoom: Registration link: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QtHemvtnSDCCV4kenOKe7Q

Jade Doskow, Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, “Man and His World,” Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome with Solar Experimental House, 2012 

From the crumbling remains of the lost utopias of world’s fairs to the uncanny landscape of regrowth in a former landfill, and touching on ghost towns, exclusion zones, no man’s lands and post-industrial hinterlands, this discussion between New York-based artist Jade Doskow and Scottish author Cal Flyn considers broken landscapes (partially) reclaimed by nature. Presented in partnership between the Centre for Sustainable Curating and Museum London, this event builds from Jade Doskow’s Lost Utopia photographic series, on view now in the exhibition From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, Speculative Futures (March 5-May 15).

This event will be in English and closed captioning will be provided.

Lost Utopias/Islands of Abandonment is part of the 2022-23 CSC Speaker’s Series: Waste/Care/Carbon/Labour. Please follow us on Instagram @centreforsustainablecurating or sign up for the newsletter at www.sustainablecurating.ca for information about future events.

Jade Doskow


New York-based architectural and landscape photographer Jade Doskow is known for her rigorously composed and eerily poetic images that examine the intersection of people, architecture, nature, and time. Doskow is best-known for her work Lost Utopias, Freshkills, and Red Hook. Doskow holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She is the subject of the 2021 documentary Jade Doskow: Photographer of Lost Utopias; the film’s New York premiere was held at the International Center of Photography in October 2021 and has also screened at the Asheville Museum of Art and in film festivals internationally. Doskow was one of 50 women featured in the award-winning 2018 publication 50 Contemporary Women Artists from 1960 to the Present. Throughout her work, a sense of timeless monumentality in juxtaposition to modern details highlights surreal aspects of the contemporary cityscape. Doskow’s photographs have been featured in the New York Times, the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), Aperture, Photograph, Architect, Wired, Musée Mag, Smithsonian, Slate, and Newsweek Japan, among others. Doskow is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography and the City University of New York.  Jade Doskow is the Photographer-in-Residence of Freshkills Park, New York City.

Jade Doskow The New Wilderness (Freshkills), 2019

Cal Flyn:


Cal Flyn is an award-winning writer from the Highlands of Scotland. She writes literary nonfiction and long-form journalism. Her first book, Thicker Than Water, about frontier violence in colonial Australia, was a Times book of the year. Her second book, Islands of Abandonment—about the ecology and psychology of abandoned places – has been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Wainwright Prize for writing on global conservation, the British Academy Book Prize and the Baillie Gifford Prize for nonfiction. Cal’s journalistic writing has been published in Granta, The Sunday Times Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, The Economist and others. She is the deputy editor of literary recommendations site Five Books, and a regular contributor to The Guardian. Cal was previously writer-in-residence at Gladstone’s Library and at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. She was made a MacDowell fellow in 2019, and was recently announced as the 2021 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.

Cal Flyn Islands of Abandonment, 2021

CSC Launch: May 27th, 1-5pm EST



At the launch event, we will introduce the Centre, including the work of the two inaugural postdocs. A panel will consider Radical Pedagogy and Curation, focusing on the expansive forms of teaching and learning that can take place in museum and exhibition spaces. And we will conclude with a second launch, that of the Synthetic Collective’s catalogue Plastic Heart: A DIY Fieldguide For Reducing the Environmental Impact of Art Exhibitions. 



Intro to the CSC by Kirsty Robertson and Kelly Wood with presentations by CSC postdocs Zoë Heyn-Jones and Amanda White 




Curating and Radical Pedagogy (Christiana Abraham, Christina Battle, Eugenia Kisin, Gabby Moser, Ryan Rice), hosted by Sarah E.K. Smith 




Launch of Plastic Heart: A DIY Fieldguide For Reducing the Environmental Impact of Art Exhibitions, Synthetic Collective with artists Christina Battle and Lan Tuazon