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