[ISEA2011] Panel: An­drea Polli – Soni­fy­ing Cli­mate Data

Panel Statement

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

 An­drea Polli will pre­sent a brief sum­mary of the book Far Field: Dig­i­tal Cul­ture, Cli­mate Change and the Pole (a col­lec­tion of es­says) as his­tor­i­cal back­ground to the for­ma­tion of this panel. She will also pro­vide ex­am­ples from her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences as a media artist re­search­ing, vi­su­al­iz­ing and soni­fy­ing cli­mate-re­lated data in col­lab­o­ra­tion with sci­en­tists through­out the United States and at field sites in the Arc­tic and Antarc­tic.

  • 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. 90degreessouth.org