Perspectives on Ruin Making

Lecture with Barbara Heinzen and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker

Sunday, April 12, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

Is society in a constant state of ruin creation?

This discussion between Barbara Heinzen, a respected geographer with thirty years’ experience in strategic scenario planning for developing countries and civil society organizations, and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Director of the Frye Art Museum, will address this question, and explore a wide range of real-world scenarios with a special emphasis on the cultural sector.


Barbara Heinzen is a freelance geographer with a PhD from the School of Oriental & Africa Studies, University of London. Her independent professional practice in long range scenarios and planning began in 1987 in London after working for two years with Royal Dutch Shell’s department of scenario planning and strategy. She is particularly interested in societies in transition, with experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Her book, Feeling for Stones, explores how ecological societies might be invented in the coming decades.

Rodrigo Valenzuela. Hedonic Reversal installation view, 2015. Photo: Mark Woods.