Chair Persons: Tom Corby & Andrea Polli
Presenters: Annick Bureaud, Nathan Cunningham & Andreas Fischlin
In recent years the science and data of climate science has come under unprecedented public scrutiny. This politicization of climate data, whilst potentially dangerous, offers opportunities for us to re-think our relationships to science and develop discussion around interdisciplinary art/science approaches to our changing environment. In this spirit the panel will explore how climate data operates as a social and cultural phenomenon with creative affordances beyond normative scientific and institutional frames and practices. Panel members from artistic and scientific communities will present collaborative projects, theoretical elaborations and visual and sonic experimentations that explore the following questions: What data driven approaches to representing climate change in the arts exist; what are the future possibilities?
- What methodological and conceptual challenges do art/science collaborators using climate data confront?
- Are existing models of collaboration useful?
- How might artists navigate the opportunities and dangers faced by the use of climate data?
- What is the proper role of such work in the public discourses of climate change?
- Tom Corby is the project Research Fellow and the deputy Director of CREAM, the Centre
for Research in Art and Media at the University of Westminster, UK. His research explores how artists and designers can employ digital information as an expressive medium. He studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and has a PhD from Chelsea College of Art & Design.
- Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New Mexico (USA) and Associate Professor in Fine Arts and Engineering at the University of New Mexico where she holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media at the University. Her work addresses issues related to science and technology in contemporary society. She is interested in global systems, the real time interconnectivity of these systems, and the effect of these systems on individuals. Polli’s work with science, technology and media has been presented widely in over 100 presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally and has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards from various organizations including UNESCO. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts and others. She has published two book chapters, several audio CDs, DVDs and many papers in print including in both MIT Press and Cambridge University Press journals. She currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding storm and climate through sound (called sonification). Recent projects include: a spatialized sonification of highly detailed models of storms that devastated the New York area, a series of sonifications of climate in Central Park and a real-time multi-channel sonification and visualization of weather in the Arctic. She has exhibited, performed, and lectured nationally and internationally and recently spent seven weeks in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation funded project.