The Zurich Node of the Planetary Collegium. Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Zurich, Switzerland.

Andrea Polli

About the Research This research, CommunicatingAir: Alternative Pathways to Environmental Knowing through ComputationalE comedia, is the culmination of an art practice-led investigation into waysin which the production of ecomedia may open alternative pathways to environmental knowing in a time of urgent climate crisis. This research traces the author¹s artistic, personal and political development across the period of study and presents an extended argument for greater public engagement with weather and climate science,greater public and private support for long-term collaborations between mediaart and climate science, and increased public open access to global weather andclimate monitoring and computationally modelled data. Since the projects connect artand science primarily through a computational approach, computing is the shared practice that connects scientific understanding to place and content-based creation. About the Researcher Andrea Polli
Mesa Del Sol Chair of Digital Media
Associate Professor, Art & Art History and Engineering
UNM Center for the Arts, Bldg 62  MSC04-2570
University of New Mexico ABQ, NM 87131
apolli (a) unm . edu

Andrea Polli  is an artist and scholar from New York City living in New Mexico.  Her work with science, technology and media has been presented widely in over 100 presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally, has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including a NYFA Artist's Fellowship, the Fulbright Specialist Award and the UNESCO Digital Arts Award. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts and others. She has published several book chapters, audio CDs, DVDs and papers in print including MIT Press and Cambridge University Press journals and is the co-author of Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles, a book of essays published by Intellect Press. 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. In 2007/2008 she spent seven weeks in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation funded project. She has received a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Computing, Communications and Electronics from the University of Plymouth, UK. In 2000, she was voted Teacher of the Year at Columbia College in Chicago in recognition of her work connecting students to the wider community through collaborative projects.   These projects included performances and exhibitions at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and a large scale public art project connecting 5 neighborhood arts organizations with live web streaming, an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and six billboards.   Pause. was featured as the Millennium Community Artwork for Illinois and funded by The Mid Atlantic Arts Council and Ameritech. Polli is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico.  She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University's Center for Advanced Research Computing. Website www.andreapolli.com