Panel: New Environmental Art Practices on Landscapes of the Polar Regions; Politics, Emotion and Culture (FARFIELD 1)
Magnets of the Fantastic: FutureNorth explores the question: What will the future bring to the North Pole? What will be the effect of climate change on this region? Using the example of a recent collaborative animation with visionary architect Mitchell Joachim of Terreform 1, Marsching looks at the challenges of climate prediction in understanding climate modeling in real human terms. Taking one possible scenario of sea level rise, FutureNorth imagines the future of our port cities and polar ocean one hundred years from now. Positing the needs for imagination and cultural narratives to balance the overwhelming complexities of climate data, this paper uses possible futures as a way to point to the challenges of our culture’s relationship with climate data at the North Pole.
- Jane D. Marsching is a digital media artist. Her recent exhibitions include: the ICA Boston; MassMoCA; San Jose Museum of Art, CA, USA, and others. She has received grants from Creative Capital, LEF Foundation, Artadia and Artists Resource Trust. Recent publications include: BiPolar (Cornerhouse 2008), Gothic (Whitechapel Press, London, 2008), and S&F Online: Gender on Ice (Barnard College, 2008). With Mark Alice Durant in 2005, she curated The Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology, and the Paranormal at The Center for Art and Visual Culture, Baltimore, MD; a catalog of the exhibition was published in June 2006 with essays by Marsching, Durant, Marina Warner and Lynne Tillman. She is a cofounder and member of Platform2: Art and Activism, an experimental forum series about creative practices at the intersection of social issues.
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