Artist Talk: Andrea Polli

A lecture by scholar and artist Andrea Polli, whose work examines the intersection of art, science and technology. Polli’s practice includes media performance and installation, public interventions, curating and editorial, directing and writing. Presented as part of MICA’s Mixed Media Series and by the Rinehart School of Sculpture.

Polli is currently is Professor of Art & Ecology with a joint appointment between Fine Arts and Engineering, the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media, and the Director of the Social Media Workgroup at the Center for Advanced Research Computing at The University of New Mexico. She holds a doctorate in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK and a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Polli has been creating media and technology artworks related to environmental science issues since 1999, when she first began collaborating with atmospheric scientists on sound and data sonification projects.  Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA/Goddard Institute Climate Research Group and the National Center for Atmospheric Research and her artwork and research has been funded by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Fulbright including two over $1.5 million projects: the NEA-supported ISEA2012: Machine Wilderness throughout New Mexico and the Southwest and the 5-year NSF-funded SEPTET project.

Her research is focused on the impacts of participatory media, and her interdisciplinary practice often includes workshops or other activities designed to engage the public with ideas and concepts at various levels. She believes in the importance of many levels of interdisciplinary collaboration and has created collaborative situations for very large groups, small teams, or pairs of individuals. Through her work as a resident at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology and in creating the Open Source Learning Community at the University of New Mexico, she has become increasingly committed to open source practice and concepts to aid collaboration, in project development and in teaching and mentoring.

Polli’s work with art/science, technology has been presented widely in over one hundred presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art Artport and The Field Museum of Natural History, and has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including Fullbright and UNESCO. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts and others. She has published several audio CDs, DVDs two book chapters and many papers with MIT Press, Cambridge University Press and others. Her latest book is Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles published by Intellect Press.

Monday, February 5 at 4:00 pm

Fred Lazarus IV Center
131 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD, USA

Event Type

Speaker/Lecture/Reading, Lecture, Mixed Media Speaker Series


Rinehart School of Sculpture

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