[ISEA2011] Panel: Tom Corby & Nathan Cun­ning­ham – Sys­tem­ness: To­wards a Data Aes­thet­ics of Cli­mate Change

Panel Statement

Panel: The Data Landscapes of Climate Change (FARFIELD 2)

Tom Corby and Nathan Cun­ning­ham will pre­sent work aris­ing from their arts-sci­ence col­lab­o­ra­tion, ex­plor­ing ways of rep­re­sent­ing car­bon cir­cu­la­tion in cli­mate sys­tems, the con­ver­gence-di­ver­gence ef­fect in art-sci­ence col­lab­o­ra­tions and the aes­thet­ics of cli­mate mod­els.

  • Tom Corby is an artist, writer and aca­d­e­mic and is cur­rently the deputy Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Re­search in Ed­u­ca­tion, Art and Media (CREAM) at the Uni­ver­sity of West­min­ster in Lon­don. His in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary art­works, pro­duced with Gavin Baily and Jonathan Macken­zie, ex­plore tech­no­log­i­cal and eco­log­i­cal re­la­tions and have been ex­hib­ited at nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional venues in­clud­ing the Zen­trum fur Kunst und Me­di­en­tech­nolo­gie (ZKM), the ICA in Lon­don, the In­ter­com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­tre (ICC) in Tokyo and the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum in Lon­don. He re­ceived awards at the 10th Japan Media Arts Fes­ti­val in 2007 and at Prix Ars Elec­tron­ica in 2006 and 2000 amongst many other awards. He is cur­rently col­lab­o­rat­ing with the British Antarc­tic Sur­vey to de­velop vi­su­al­iza­tions of oceanic, CO2 and at­mos­pheric data and is an Arts and Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Coun­cil (AHRC) Re­search Fel­low at the BBC. Re­views of his work have ap­peared in: Art Re­view, Art Monthly, The Guardian, La Re­pub­blica, and Artist’s Newslet­ter. In 2005 he pub­lished Net­work Art: Prac­tices and Po­si­tions (Rout­ledge), an edited col­lec­tion of es­says by artists and writ­ers ex­plor­ing emerg­ing artis­tic re­sponses to in­for­ma­tion net­works. He has also pub­lished in nu­mer­ous jour­nals in­clud­ing Leonardo and Me­dia-N. The South­ern Ocean Stud­ies pro­ject web­site is reconnoitre.net/bas.
  • Nathan Cun­ning­ham is act­ing head of the Polar Data Cen­tre, British Antarc­tic Sur­vey (BAS). He rep­re­sents BAS on a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional and na­tional sci­en­tific and data man­age­ment com­mit­tees in­clud­ing ICED, an in­ter­na­tional mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary ini­tia­tive launched in re­sponse to the in­creas­ing need to de­velop in­te­grated cir­cum­po­lar analy­ses of South­ern Ocean cli­mate and ecosys­tem dy­nam­ics. He is also in­volved with de­vel­op­ing pub­lic out­reach work for BAS and in­creas­ing the avail­abil­ity of Antarc­tic Sci­en­tific In­for­ma­tion. His re­search has been pub­lished in Polar Bi­ol­ogy, En­vi­ron­men­tal Pol­lu­tion, and the Trans­ac­tions of the Royal So­ci­ety and Deep Sea Re­search. He is cur­rently co-in­ves­ti­ga­tor (with Tom Corby) on an Arts and Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Coun­cil funded in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­ject on rep­re­sent­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal change.