Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data

"Climate Art:
New Ways of Seeing Data"

10/12-11/27, at the IMC Lab + Gallery, 56 W22 st. 6 fl, NY, NY
Produced by the IMC Lab + Gallery, Curated by Isabel Walcott Draves, With the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation & NRDC,

Marfa Dialogues / New York

Artworks by: Ursula Endlicher, Ben Fry, Aaron Koblin, Nathalie Miebach, Camille Seaman and Karolina Sobecka

Conversation between: Maya Lin, Artist and Frances Beinecke, President NRDC (11/4, 6-8PM at WYNC Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton St. NY, NY - Watch Live )
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 — The IMC Lab + Gallery is pleased to present "Climate Art: New Ways of Seeing Data", a data visualization show, in collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa  & NRDC, curated by Isabel Draves, founder of LISA (Leaders in Software and Art).  This exhibit will be on view October 12 through November 27 as part of Marfa Dialogues/NY, a citywide examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice taking place throughout New York this October and November. Marfa Dialogues/NY will feature more than 20 Program Partners, including The IMC Lab + Gallery, NRDC, and a spectrum of exhibitions, performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climate change.

Can the things we once thought of as infinite be quantified?  If they are not infinite, when will they end?

Featuring work by Aaron Koblin, Ben Fry, Ursula Endlicher, Nathalie Miebach, Karolina Sobecka, and Camille Seaman, this collection of works brings together for the first time a selection of pieces by established software artists that attempt to measure the immeasurable: the directed gaze, existence, the sky, power.  Looked at through the lens of Climate Change, these works make us think about our interaction with the natural world, and whether something that used to seem impassive, impenetrable, and immovable -- the globe, the bedrock we stand on, this Earth -- is in fact as fragile as a cloud.

If taking the measure of something means forming an opinion about it, the data driving these pieces make us think more carefully about the logistics of our environment.  The exhibit invites the viewer to notice our ecosystem and consider our impact upon it as a real and quantifiable force.

"In an era of climate change and species extinction, it only makes sense that we try to document the minutiae of what remains.  But it is just as logical to pause from time to time to consider what cannot be calculated". Akiko Busch, Author, The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science

 

On Monday, November 4th, two of the leading voices on the issue of climate change -- artist and honorary NRDC Trustee Maya Lin and NRDC President Frances Beinecke -- will discuss the critical role artists, advocates and scientists play in addressing climate change, the role of art in mobilizing and educating the public, and the great potential for environmentally focused artwork to affect climate change policy. The interactive discussion, part of the Marfa Dialogues / New York series, will use Maya Lin's most recent project, What is Missing?, as an example of collaborations to engage the public about climate change. Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time will moderate the discussion.

LIVE STREAM:                          http://TheIMClab.com/live

LIVE TWEETS:                          @TheIMClab #mdny #datavis

DATA, CODE, RESOURCES:      http://Globegraf.com (soon)

Tune in here on November 4th at 7:00pm EST to watch a live stream of the event.

 

"Unchopping a Tree," part of Maya Lin's last memorial entitled What is Missing?

© What is Missing? Foundation
Music donated by: Brian Eno and Brian Loucks
Support provided by: The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation
Louis Bacon, Moore Charitable Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund


From Frances Beinecke's Blog

Marfa Dialogues, Maya Lin, and Me: How Artists and Advocates Can Protect the Environment


Learn more:

Marfa Dialogues/NY

http://RauschenbergFoundation.org

http://NRDC.org