Artist and Scholar Andrea Polli on Resound, Public Art, and Activism

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  • May 24, 2016

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Andrea Polli

On June 2 & 3, 2016, Albuquerque-based artist and scholar, Andrea Polli, whose work Sonic Antarctica [2009/2016] is currently on view in MCASB’s group exhibition, "Beyond 2°" (through July 28), will be visiting Santa Barbara for a public talk and workshop. The talk, “Are You Becoming Radicalized? Public Art and Activism between Climate, Culture, and Information Space?” will take place on Thursday, June 2, 6 - 7 pm at MCASB’s main location. The following night, Pollo will lead a soundwalk at MarBorg Industries where guests will meet at corner of Yanonali & N. Quarantina Streets.

Polli’s work with art, science, and technology is recognized widely in presentations, exhibitions, and performances internationally; including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Artport, and The Field Museum of Natural History. Polli has also been recognized by numerous grants, including Fullbright, and UNESCO, and her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts, among others. She has published several audio CDs, DVDs, and papers with MIT Press and Cambridge University Press.

Polli currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists developing 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.

Artist Talk by Andrea Polli, “Are You Becoming Radicalized? Public Art and Activism between Climate, Culture, and Information Space”

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Thursday, June 2, 6 - 7 pm

Artist and scholar Andrea Polli discusses her journey towards activist art related to environment and climate change that led her to create The Social Media Workgroup (SMW), her research lab at the Center for Advanced Research Computing at the University of New Mexico.  SMW researches and creates public art and media related to the environment nationally and internationally.

Re-sound, Soundwalk with Andrea Polli

Marborg Industries

Friday June 3, 6 - 7 pm

MarBorg Industries: Meet at corner of 728 East Yanonali & N. Quarantina Street

Like trash, many of the sounds we hear in our world are disregarded and discarded in our minds. Re-sound is a one hour guided sound-walk during which participants undertake a series of simple exercises focusing on this “throw-away” energy that surrounds us.  Can we gain a greater awareness of this soundscape and how it may affect us? How might these forgotten sounds be “recycled” to be used in music, poetry, sound compositions, and performances?  Participants will be experiencing the sounds created by our waste by entering and listening to the MarBorg Recycling center.  While not required, participants are invited bring recording devices and headphones.

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
653 Paseo Nuevo
Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, California
About Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is a non-profit, non-collecting museum dedicated to the exhibition, education, and cultivation of the arts of our time. Formerly Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF), MCASB is the premier venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco. MCASB is located at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center Upper Arts Terrace in downtown Santa Barbara, CA. With the opening of the MCASB Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara in February of 2012, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara becomes one museum with two locations. Located in the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara at 121 State Street, the MCASB Satellite space features yearlong exhibitions of stimulating contemporary artworks. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 p: 805.966.5373 f: 805.962.1421

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