We face unprecedented climate change, and every year, the consequences grow more dire. Presenting accurate data on the climate crisis is proving inadequate to spur widespread, grassroots action. But can data paired with powerful visuals and art provoke a more visceral reaction to the crisis? Join a virtual panel of artists, technologists, and data visualization experts to discuss the power of visualizing climate change to push for a better planetary future.
So please join us for LASER Boston: Climate Visions on Thursday, April 28th with experts Andrea Polli, Xavier Cortada, Mark SubbaRao, Marie Griesmar.
Presented by Swissnex and SciArt Initiative.
In Boston (EST)
12:00 pm – Welcome Remarks
12:12 pm – LASER Talk 1
12:24 pm – LASER Talk 2
12:36 pm – LASER Talk 3
12:48 pm – LASER Talk 4
01:00 pm – Q&A and Closing Remarks with questions from the audience
01:30 pm – End of Event
In Switzerland (CET): 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
– Andrea Polli – Hack the Grid: Public Art and Climate Activism
– Xavier Cortada – The Underwater: Using socially engaged art to map a community’s vulnerability to rising seas
– Mark SubbaRao – Making NASA Climate Science Visual
– Marie Griesmar – Clay Marinescape for Underwater Biodiversity: A Coral Story
Main visual credit for this event goes to NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
LASER Boston is co-organized by Swissnex in Boston and New York and SciArt Initiative. LASER is a program of Leonardo/the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. LASER Boston meets four times per year, featuring local and visiting artists, scientists, technologists, and creative professionals.
Andrea PolliEnvironmental Artist; Professor, Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair in Digital Media, University of New Mexico
Andrea Polli is an environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Her interdisciplinary research has been presented as public artworks, media installations, community projects, performances, broadcasts, mobile and geolocative media, publications, and through the curation and organization of public exhibitions and events. She creates artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental issues. Often these works express scientific data obtained through her collaborations with scientists and engineers and have taken the form of sound art, vehicle-based works, public light works, mobile media experiences, and bio-art and design. Polli holds an MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK.
Xavier CortadaArtist; University of Miami Professor of Practice
Xavier Cortada is an artist and professor of practice at the University of Miami Department of Art and Art History, with secondary appointments in the School of Law and the Miller School of Medicine. Cortada uses art’s elasticity to work across disciplines to engage communities in problem solving. Particularly environmentally focused, his work generates awareness and action around climate change, sea level rise, and biodiversity loss. Over the past three decades, the Cuban-American artist has created art at the North and South poles and across 6 continents, including more than 150 public artworks and dozens of installations, collaborative murals, and socially engaged projects. He has been commissioned to create art for CERN, the White House, the World Bank, and Miami City Hall, among many other art, science, history, and government venues.
Marie GriesmarCo-founder and Creative Director at rrreefs
Marie Griesmar is a Swiss artist that lives and works in Zurich. She often evokes the dialectic between visible and invisible as well as the phenomenology of perception through installations, sculpture, paintings and publications. She is particularly interested in water ecologies; the practice of scuba-diving has regularly enabled her to use the element of water as a space of creation, production or interaction. Deploying a range of references that combine contemporary philosophy with marine biology and aspects of post-structuralist theory, she develops a polysemic work imbued with formal, ecological and narrative research. In 2020 with two marine biologists, Marie co-founded rrreefs, an association aiming at restoring coral reefs.
Mark SubbaRaoLead, NASA Scientific Visualization Studio
Mark SubbaRao leads NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, a group tasked with visualizing NASA science results for public audiences. Before joining NASA, Mark spent 18 years at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, where he produced planetarium shows and designed museums. During 2019-2020 Mark served as President of the International Planetarium Society (IPS), where he spearheaded the “Data to Dome” initiative – an effort to prepare the planetarium community for the big data era. Before that he worked at the University of Chicago where he was part of a team that created the largest 3D map of the Universe, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Mark’s visualizations have been widely featured in print, TV, museums, and even projected on the sides of buildings. His work has received significant recognition including the NSF’s Vizzies, and the naming of an asteroid (170009 Subbarao).