The Speed of Thinking (Panel Discussion this Wednesday)

The projected animations and prints by artists Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy fill York College of PA’s Wolf Hall Galleries January 20 – March 4, 2023. A panel discussion will be held this Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m.
(More info below)

Joelle Dietrick. Chasing the Sun (21+03-01-madagascar-ormocarpopsis-nitida-20221011-150254). 2022. Pigment print on Hahnemühle PhotoRag 308g. 15.75 x 11.75 in.


YORK, PA–(2/27/23) – York College of PA will host a panel discussion this Wednesday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m. that responds to the exhibition The Speed of Thinking: Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy on view January 20 – March 4, 2023 in their galleries in Wolf Hall on main campus at 441 Country Club Road, York, PA, 17403.   

Created by North Carolina-based art team Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy, The Speed of Thinking is the title of a mobile game about global trade and an exhibition of related collaborative artworks. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dietrick was eager to exhibit this work in Central PA while her related Dickinson College mural was up until September 2024.

The bulk of the exhibition is dedicated to their new series Chasing the Sun. Inspired by the young daughter’s desire to travel around the world at the same pace as the sun to avoid sleep, the imagery in the series represents extinct plants and eco-friendly architecture made by female architects from every time zone. 

York College’s octagonal Brossman Gallery contains a video installation with this imagery organized into vertical stripes. Reading left to right, the imagery in the first strip includes the extinct plant and home from Spain in Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) 0. Then work West to follow the sun, the next stripe contains an extinct plant and home from Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean. The animation and prints in Cora Miller Gallery continue stepping around the globe to Santalum fernandezianum in Chile, last seen in 1908 to Vanvoorstia bennettiana (Bennett’s seaweed) collected between 1855 and 1886 in or near Sydney’s harbor. This algae has a fine mesh that was believed to be clogged by increased levels of siltation in the harbor, preventing photosynthesis. A favorite story, a ray of hope in terms of using technology to understand extinction, is Hibiscadelphus woodii from Hawaii. Deemed extinct in 2016, it was recently rediscovered by a National Tropical Botanical Garden drone in 2019.

Funded by Davidson College, the North Carolina Arts Council, the NC Arts and Science Council, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony.

March 1, 2023, 4:30 pm Closing Reception + 5 pm Zoom Panel Discussion

Joelle Dietrick will discuss the exhibition with Matthew Clay-Robinson, Gallery Director at York College of PA; Annie Merrill, Thomson Professor of Environmental Studies and English at Davidson College, Charlotte, NC; and Tyler A. Harper, Assistant Professor of Literature and Environmental Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

A reception in the Wolf Hall lobby will precede the panel discussion for those able to attend together in person in DeMeester Recital Hall. If you are attending virtually, please register in advance for this event:…/tJEudO-orjoiH9xeY7-a_U6piUwHA8BDUQ95 

About the Artists

Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy are a North Carolina–based collaborative art team.

Joelle Dietrick’s artworks have been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville; Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago; MCA San Diego; Long March Space Beijing; ARC Gallery Chicago; Soho20 New York; and as permanent public artworks at the University of North Texas and the City of Tallahassee, Florida. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and has attended residencies at the Künstlerhaus Salzburg, Anderson Ranch, and the Banff Center. With past funding from the University of California, Florida State University, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, her current research about extinct plants and eco-friendly homes developed out of her three-country Fulbright to Germany, Chile, and Hong Kong.

Owen Mundy’s work is best known for his online interventions that have been reviewed by over 300 international news media outlets including the New York Times, National Public Radio, and Wired UK. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin, and Rotterdam. His work is in many books about internet art, including Art and the Internet (2014) and Thinking Through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (2015). With past support from the University of California, Florida State University, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) and the Fulbright Commission, his current research focuses on visualization of data sets—like smells, margins of error, and emotions—that are challenging to define.

Their joint collaborations have been shown at Transitio_MX in Mexico City, TINA B Festival in Prague and Venice, Temporary Home in Kassel during Documenta (13), Flashpoint Gallery in Washington DC, Cal State Fresno, and the Orlando Museum of Art. They have also completed public art commissions at the Coleman Center for the Arts and the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication.


Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy. Chasing the Sun (24 UTC). 2023. Single-channel video installation
(color, no sound). 5:00 (detail below)

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