“Fast Forward Futures,” installation at Harvard Forest, 4 x 8 x 26 feet, wood, acrylic paint, and assorted hardware, 2017.

“Fast Forward Futures,” installation at Harvard Forest, 4 x 8 x 26 feet, wood, acrylic paint, and assorted hardware, 2017.

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible, often humorous, combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Informed by research and community outreach, David’s work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.

David was a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow (Artist-in-Residence) at the Harvard Forest where he answered the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?” As a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow David continues to collaborate with Harvard researchers, to champion a cultural ecology supported by interdisciplinary science-communication. 

David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked as a designer at Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.


CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2011, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture

1998, Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Dual Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Magna Cum Laude

 

Fellowships

2017 – Present, Associate Fellow of the Harvard Forest, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2016 – 2017, Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research at Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

Residencies

2020, Overlook Field School, Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes, Waverly, PA (upcoming)

2019, Studios at MASS MoCA Assets for Artists Residency, North Adams, MA

2019, Sasaki Gallery Artist-in-Residence, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA

2019, Long Term Ecological Reflections Residency Program, Oregon State University, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, OR

2017, Water Rights Residency, Santa Fe Arts Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2016, Studios at MASS MoCA Assets for Artists Residency, North Adams, MA 

2015, Teton ArtLab Residency, Jackson, WY

2014, Trifecta Editions’ Hibernaculum Residency, Ticonderoga, NY

Grants

2019, Now + There Public Art Accelerator Program, Boston, MA

2018, Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant with Penelope Taylor, Somerville, MA

2017, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Berkshire Environmental Endowment Grant with Hoosic River Revival, North Adams, MA

2015, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists, North Adams, MA

 Selected Exhibitions/Installations

2019, Campus Arts Initiative Installation, Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA, Public Art Installation (upcoming)

2019, Glacial Profile, Remnant Brewery, Somerville, MA, Courtyard Mural with Jack K. Byers

2019, Community Nature: People, Place, and Practice, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA, Corporate Gallery Installation

2018, Warming Warning, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Public Art Installation with Dr. Aaron Ellison et al.

2018, Triple Decker Ecology, Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA, Community Museum Installation with Curator Pennie Taylor et al.

2018, Suite New England, Studio Allston Hotel, Allston, MA, Hotel Installation

2018, Proposed Futures: Then and Now, Urbano Project, Jamaica Plain, MA, Gallery Installation

2018, Hemlock Hospice Fieldwork, Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME. Photography Exhibition with Dr. Aaron Ellison

2018, Site Visit, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. Gallery Installation 

2017, Hemlock Hospice, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Public Art Installation with Dr. Aaron Ellison et al.

2017, Forest; Interdisciplinary Science Communication, Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Museum Exhibition 

2015, Campwood, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY, Public Art Installation

2015, Snack Stand, L.C. Bates Natural History Museum, Hinkley, ME, Public Art Installation

2015, Flagging Forests, DeCordova Corporate Art Lender Program, Cambridge, MA, Corporate Installation 

2015, Greater Yellowstone, Daly Projects, Jackson, WY, Gallery Installation

2015, Hibernaculum, Innovation and Design Building, Boston, MA, Gallery Installation

2014, Wild West at BDGA, Bodega, Boston, MA, Retail Installation

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019, This Land Is, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Group Exhibition curated by Jennifer Belair (upcoming)

2019, Art's Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures, NC State, Raleigh, NC, Group Exhibition with Dr. Aaron M Ellison et al. (upcoming)

2019, Welcome to Weird West, Weird West, Jackson, WY, Group Exhibition curated by Teton Art Lab

2019, Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute, Gallery 344, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition curated by Cambridge Arts Council

2018, Shifting Sites, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Group Exhibition with Lateral Office and Snøhetta 

2018, Dynamic Entities, Spring 83 Room, Watertown, MA, Group Exhibition

2017, The Open Pass, All Day Everyday, Los Angeles, CA, Group Exhibition

2016, Parts Unknown Flag Show, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition 

2016, Juror’s Choice, Uforge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition 

2016, Fun-A-Day Boston 2016, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition 

2015, Trifecta Year Two, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Group Exhibition

2015, Fun-A-Day Boston 2015, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2015, Bless this Mesh, Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition

2014, Trifecta: Year One, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition

2014, Fun-A-Day Boston 2014, Voltage Art and Coffee, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition

2014, Animals, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2013, You Are Here: Maps and Art, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, Group Exhibition

2013, Fun-A-Day Boston 2013, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2010, Maps..., Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition

Selected Publications

Ellison, A. M. & D. B. Borden. in press. Ecological art: aesthetics, communication, provocation, or call to action. The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.

Ellison, A. M. & D. B. Borden in press. Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design as science communication. To appear in H.S. Rogers, M.K. Halpern, D. Hannah, and K. Riddler-Vignone, editors. The Routledge Handbook of Art, Science & Technology Studies.

Ellison, A. M. & D. B. Borden, 2018. Learning from art: Hemlock Hospice inspired new ways of doing science. Sciart Magazine, Vol :33. (October, 2018). Available online: https://www.sciartmagazine.com/october2018contents.html

Borden, D. B., 2017. Envisioning New England Landscape Futures. The Site Magazine, Vol: 37: 123-131.

Borden, D. B. 2014. Graphic Adaptation. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 2(5): 150-158.

 

Selected Talks and Workshops

2019, Bridging the Interdisciplinary Gap, Workshop, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

2019, Visual Arts for Sci-Comm, Workshop for REU Summer Program, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2019, Eco Arts Installation, Workshop for Sasaki Staff, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA

2019, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA

2019, Novel Ecosystems, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Boston Society of Landscape Architects Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2019, Environmental Art: Reflection Versus Action Workshop, The Chrysalis Symposium: Courageous Transformation for the Climate Crisis, hosted by Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2019, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, University of Oregon, College of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture, Eugene, OR

2019, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2019, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, ASLA Portland Chapter, Metro, Portland, OR

2019, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

2019, Eco Signs Workshop, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

2019, Hemlock Hospice Revisited, Northborough Garden Club, Northborough, MA

2019, Hybrid Vigor by Design: Ecology X Art X Design, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects, Cambridge, MA

2018, Environmental Art: Reflection, Provocation, and Action, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 

2018, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, MetaLAB, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2018, Novel Ecosystems, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Le Laboratoire, Cambridge, MA

2018, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, Conway School of Landscape Design, Easthampton, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Tufts University, Medford, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Lexington Public Library, Lexington, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Urbano Project, Jamaica Plain, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Maine Audubon,  Falmouth, ME

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Broto Conference, Provincetown, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, LTER Symposium, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Northeastern University, School of Architecture, Boston, MA 

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Smith College, Northampton, MA

2018, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

2018, Creative Collaboration For Ecosystem Science Education,  Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, ME

2018, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, New Directions in the American Landscape Symposium, New London, CT

2018, Hybrid Vigor: Ecology X Art X Design, New Directions in the American Landscape Symposium, Philadelphia, PA

2017, Hemlock Hospice, with Dr. Aaron Ellison, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2017, Sci-Arts Communication Workshop, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

2016, Ecological Reflections: Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Science at Long-Term Ecological Research Sites,  Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Conference, Denver, CO

2016, Contemporary Sci-Arts, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2016, Sci-Comm Data-Viz, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2016, Re-Imagining Trails, with Clarisse Hart and Maya Apfelbaum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2015, Hybrid Vigor: Art X Design X Ecology, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2015, Designer Gone Rogue, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2015, Hybrid Vigor: Art, Design and Landscape, American Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia Chapter, Savannah, GA

2015, Art X Ecology, Teton Artlab, Jackson, WY

2014, Community Engagement by Design, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA

2014, A Landscape a Day, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA

2013, Designer by Design, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA