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Perception of Climate Change: online discussion @ YASMIN



Point your browsers towards YASMIN where there is a new e-discussion about the "Perception of Climate Change in Contemporary Art". Below you will find the list of the 15 invited respondents. The duiscussion is intended to further our understanding of the nature and quality of our perception of Climate Change...

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Regional correspondents of YASMIN are Samirah Al-Khassim in Jordan, Ricardo Mbarak in Lebanon, Oguzhan Ozcan in Turkey, Erika Katalina Pasztor in Hungary and Rui Trindade in Portugal. You may find contact information for both moderators and correspondents in Contact page.

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1. Stephan Barron (Montpellier, France)
Stéphan Barron studied engineering before becoming a communications and new media artist. In the early 1980s he realized a number of performances utilizing transatlantic communication facilities such as telefax and radio before making use of advanced technologies such as the computer and the Internet in an attempt to provoke planetary consciousness and an ecological sensibility in his audience.

2. Karin Beaumont (Hobart, Australia)
Karin grew up in South Australia where she developed a love of nature that led her to undertake a Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Resources Management at the University of Adelaide, 1992-1994. In 1995 she moved to Hobart, Tasmania to pursue an Honours degree in Antarctic studies and fulfil her childhood dream of living and working in Antarctica. She completed a PhD in Zoology at the University of Tasmania in 2002, researching microscopic plankton in Antarctic waters and their role in climate change. Inspired by microscopic patterns and forms, she created her first piece of metal sculpture in the diesel mechanics workshop at Davis Station, Antarctica. She began a Diploma of Art, Craft, Design in silver-smithing in 2003 hoping to use her creativity to promote awareness of microscopic marine life and their role in global climate change. Her jewellery and wearable art-work has been exhibited in The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize and the MacQuarie University World Year of Physics Art Prize.



She is currently developing her business 'Oceanides – Art of the Ocean' and researching the nexus between science and art. She hopes that collaboration between the two disciplines can invoke public and political will that is necessary to prepare for and minimise unprecedented changes in our global environment.

3. Philippe Boissonnet (Montreal, Canada)
Philippe Boissonnet was born in France in 1957, moved to Montreal in 1982 and, since then, work in Quebec, Canada. He is currently a full-time professor in Arts at the University of Quebec in  Trois-Rivières. In 1983, he won the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation prize for drawing and has been also recipient of the Shearwater Foundation for the Holographic Arts Prize in 1998, and of the International Biennal of Nagoya (Japan) Recommendation Prize in 1997.



His artsitic field of interest gradually developed to include the new technologies (holography, copigraphy, digital photography) in two-dimensional and installations works. Since 1983 he has been involved in a number of group and individual exhibitions, both on the national and international level. He is presently part of a group show dealing with questions about climate changes over the Antartica with the artists Andrea Juan (Buenos Aires) and Lorraine Beaulieu (Trois-Rivières) at the Art Gallery of the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières.

4. Gloria Brown-Simmons (Irvine, USA)
Gloria J. Brown-Simmons is an artist, aesthetic engineer, and at Calit2 Center of GRAVITY an Associate Project Scientist. Trained as a visual artist, Ms. Brown-Simmons integrates aesthetics with image processing, animation, simulation and interactive immersive environments as part of her work. In addition to her work in visual studies, she investigates ways to represent data, ommunication methods and how visualization creates an innovative approach to system design. For over twenty-five years, Ms. Brown-Simmons has applied her artistic sensibilities and aesthetics to Earth and planetary data visualization projects as a member of the technical staff at national research centers and private corporations; as an Interagency Personnel Appointee (IPA) for NASA to the GLOBE Program, White House, as the Manager for Visualization and Presentation Programs; and as a collaborator for Earth system science(ESS) visualization research projects at national universities. Her work has been broadcast on television networks, published in international journals, and presented at international conferences and exhibitions including the Banff New Media Center, ACM SIGGRAPH; The Netherlands Design Institutes Doors of Perception; the Biennial Sao Paulo; and Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. Of special relevance to the YASMIN discussion, Ms. Brown Simmons conceived the operational system for the GLOBE Program (1995) which was the first large scale ESS education program and the first web system to extensively use a graphical user interface to a network browser. GLOBE has now reached over 1M+ K-12 students (http://www.globe.gov). She is currently exploring ESS data in game engines and investigating the possibility of integrating planetary data with other data sources through sophisticated interfaces that link individuals with major resource and service providers. Ms.Brown-Simmons contributed to Kepesian Visualization (2006) which explores interaction with 100 year forecasts of the Earth's climate and is the first use of climate models in a game engine.

5. Michaela Crimmin (London, UK)
Michaela Crimmin (MA Hons in Art History and Theory, Essex University) is Head of Arts at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA); and a part-time tutor on the Royal College of Arts' two year MA programme Curating Contemporary Art. Following a period of working in galleries, she was a curator at Public Art Development Trust for over ten years. Work was commissioned for a wide range of organisations including British Rail, The Economist, hospitals and the Countryside Commission. She subsequently directed Art for Architecture at the RSA – an award scheme and catalyst for collaborative ventures between artists and architects, landscape architects and engineers.



She co-ordinated the high profile series of sculpture by Mark Wallinger, Rachel Whiteread and Bill Woodrow on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. She is currently directing the major new Arts & Ecology programme for the RSA , Arts Council
England and London School of Economics. This involves a series of events, commissions, the setting up a website, a publication, education pilots and an international dimension.



In addition to teaching at the RCA, she gives lectures frequently, most recently at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the University of the Arts, City University and on behalf of the British Council at an international conference on cities in Hong Kong.



The next lecture is at the invitation of Unesco and the Canadian Arts Council in Ottawa in April 06. A past assessor and panel member for the Arts Council of England (ACE); a current member of the Fourth Plinth advisory group for the Greater London Assembly, selecting Marc Quinn’s portrait of Alison Lapper and work by Thomas Schütte. Over the years an active member of a number of arts organisations including the Visual Art Galleries Association and Public Art Forum.



Together with Jon Snow, Ken Wiwa, Baroness Young, Dame Anita Roddick and Alfredo Jaar, she is a member of the selection committee for a memorial, initiated by Platform, to Ken Saro-Wiwa. She is a member of the Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Group; on an advisory panel for a new Art in the Public Realm book, which will be published by ACE England, London with Central London Partnership; and an ‘expert witness’ to the Greenwich Peninsula development, working with MUF.

6. Joy Garnett (New York, USA)
Joy Garnett is a painter, web archivist and editor of NEWSgrist, a blog focusing on art, politics and digital culture. She studied painting at the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and received her MFA from the City College of New York. Her paintings have been exhibited in the US and in Europe, and reproduced in numerous publications including Harper's, Perspecta, and Cabinet Magazine. In March 2006 she co-organized " Out of the Blue," a traveling exhibition exploring weather as a metaphor for the creative process. More recently her work has been included in the exhibitions: "Image War: Contesting Images of Political Conflict," organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program; and "Prevailing Climate," at Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York.



Garnett typically produces work where different media, idioms and paradigms converge. Her paintings, based on documentary photographs she samples from the Internet, exploit the accessibility and malleability of images in the media. In 2000 she created The Bomb Project, a web resource conceived and designed for artists and activists interested in nuclear issues; a more recent project along these lines is StrangeWeather.info, an online hub and blog about climate change contextualized for artists.

7. Ramon Guardans (Spain)
Ramon Guardans, biologist (Spain). Graduated in Biology from the University of Barcelona in 1974, worked from 1975 to 1977 in the Departement of Applied Mathematics in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot (Israel), participated (1977) in the International Statistical Ecology Programme in University of California Berkeley, worked from 1978 to 1983 in the Chemical Physics Department of the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) collaborating with R. Margalef, I. Prigogine, S.Pahaut, K.Chemla and F.Bray, among others. From 1983 to 1987, worked at the Environmental Protection Service of the Catalan Regional Government in Barcelona. From 1987 to 2000 worked at the Institute of Radiological Protection in the research group on Ecotoxicology of Air Pollution at the Research Center for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Madrid (Spain). From 1990 has perticipated as spanish delegate in the work of the United Nations under the 1979 Convention on Long Range Transboundary Transport of Air Pollution (LRTAP (http://www.unece.org/env/lrtap) from 1993 to 2001
served as Vice President of the Working Group on Effects,and memeber of the Implemetation Committe in LRTAP.Was (97-00) nominated by the WMO to the now extinct interagency UN Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP). In 2004-2006 has worked with the spanish Ministry of the Environment in the development of the National Implementation Plan of the UN Convention on Persistent Toxic Pollutants (http://www.pops.int).
Since 1977 has collaborated with electronic music and performing artist including Etat Brut, (Brussels 77-83), 1a Fura dels Baus (Barcelona 1983-87), The Electroacustic and Computer Music Laboratory (EMEC) of the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havanna (96-06) presenting a concert in SONAR2001 with Mónica Orelly e Irina Escalante from EMEC/ISA. 2001-2006 work in Medialab Madrid(http://www.medialabmadrid.org), including the project Algorithmic Echolocation developed with ZKM (http://www.zkm.de) and presented in SONAR2005 (http://www.sonar.es) and Ars Electronica 2005 (http://www.aec.at). Algorithmic Echolocation is an interactive istallation that presents in animated graphics and sound an harmonic decompostion / spectral analysis of the 420.000 years record of atmospheric chemistry (CO2, CH4, Temperature, dO18 and non marine dust) from the icecore in Vostok, Antartica.

8. Don Ihde (New York, USA)
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Technoscience Research Group in the Philosophy Department (NYC). He directs an on-going graduate and post-graduate research seminar which brings notable scholars for "roasts," which reads only living authors, and which focuses upon our material cultures. Ihde is the author of thirteen original books and the editor of many others. Recent examples include Chasing Technoscience (2003), edited with Evan Selinger; Bodies in Technology (2002); Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science (1998). Ihde lectures and gives seminars internationally and some of his books and articles have appeared in a dozen languages.

9. Andrea Juan (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Born in 1964 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Professor of Visual Art at National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires. Juan works with multimedia, photography, digital video, graphic art and installations. In 2005 she carry out performances and video installations in Antarctica Continent based on scientist investigations related to the climate changes.



She has been awarded with John Simon Memorial Foundation (USA), UNESCO (France), National Fund of Arts and Antorchas Foundation (Argentina) grants. She also received mayor awards from Konex Foundation, Argentine Association of Critics, National Museum of Fine Arts, International Critics Association, National Academy of Fine Arts among others.



Her latest solo exhibition were in Praxis International Art in Buenos Aires and Miami; RAM Foundation, Rotterdam; Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires; Telefonica Foundation, Buenos Aires; University of West of England, Bristol, UK; Vauxhall Centre, London; National Fund of Arts, Buenos Aires; Juttner Gallery, Vienna and Presse Papier Centre, Quebec.



Since 1990 she has exhibited extensively worldwide in Photo New York; Art Chicago; International Biennial Rotterdam; Art Toronto; Prenelle Gallery, London; International Graphic Triennial, Tallin; International Young Art, Sotheby's Amsterdam; Flatgalleries, Chicago; International Young Art, Mars Gallery, Moscow; Robert Tatum Studio, Houston Texas;  International Biennial, Ljubljana; The Genia Schrieber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv; National Art Gallery of Seoul; El Aleph video gallery, Roma; International Media Art Biennial, Wroclaw; The Millenium Art Collection, The Hague; St Martin´s Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London; Space 21Gallery, Tokyo; London Royal Academy, London and Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Fine Art Buenos Aires.

10. Ernesto Lopez-Baeza (Valencia, Spain)
A/Professor for Applied Physics at the Dept. of Physics of the Earth and Thermodynamics of the University of Valencia. Coordinator of the Climatology from Satellites Group applying Earth Observation Satellites remote sensing techniques to study climate and climate change. His work refers to assisting some of the new space missions with assessing scientific studies and validation activities. As a University Professor, he is teaching Thermodynamics for 2nd-year  Physics, Meteorology and Climatology for 5th-year Physics, and Climate Change and the Greenhouse Effect for All University Degrees. He is also teaching a Doctorate in Physics course on Climatology from Satellites and Climate Change and is the Director of the Diplomat "New Observation and Watching Techniques in Meteorology and Climatology."

11. David McConville (Asheville, USA)
David McConville is a media artist and researcher specializing in the development of dome-based display technologies. He is co-founder of the The Elumenati (http://www.elumenati.com), a full service design and engineering firm specializing in the devleopment and deployment of immersive visualization environments and experiences. The Elumenati provides systems integration, real-time software design, immersive content research, custom fabrication, and optical engineering for clientele ranging from art festivals to space agencies. Based in Asheville, North Carolina,
he is an active Board member of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
(http://www.blackmountaincollege.org) and is the founder of the Media Arts Project



David is currently working with the Buckminster Fuller Institute (http://www.bfi.org) to design the first regionally-focused instance of the Design Science Lab (http://www.designsciencelab.org). The Lab, occuring in Asheville in July 2006, will bring together individuals from around the world to develop strategies for solving environmental, energy, heath, and education issues from both regional and global perspectives based on Buckminster Fuller’s design science methodology.

12. Andrea Polli (New York, USA)
Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New York City. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an Associate Professor of Film and Media at Hunter College. Polli's work addresses issues related to science and technology in contemporary society. Her projects often bring together artists and scientists from various disciplines. She is interested in global systems, the real time interconnectivity of these systems, and the effect of these systems on individuals. She has exhibited, performed, and lectured nationally and internationally.



She is currently working in collaboration with meteorological scientists to develop systems for understanding storms and climate through sound. For this work, she has been recognized by the UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2003 and has presented work in the 2004 Ogaki Biennale in Gifu, Japan and at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work in this area has also been presented at Cybersonica at the ICA in London and awarded funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Greenwall Foundation. As a member of the steering committee for New York 2050, a wide-reaching project envisioning the future of the New York City region, she is currently working with city planners, environmental scientists, historians and other experts to look at the impact of climate on the future of human life both locally and globally.



She has recently presented the installation and digital print project The Fly's Eye, (2002) which creates a live movement and light analysis and deconstruction of the video image, at Le Centre de production DAÏMÕN in Quebec, the Politecnico di Milano University in Milan, Italy, at The Kunstgewerbe Museum in Berlin, Germany, at The Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, OH, at Apex Gallery in New York City, at the V Salón y Coloquio Internacional de Arte Digital in Havana, Cuba, and at SIGGRAPH '03 in San Diego among other venues.



Polli's longest running performance project, Intuitive Ocusonics, a system for performing sound using eye movements, began in 1996 and has been shown at V2 in Rotterdam, Holland; at the N-Space Art Gallery of SIGGRAPH '01 in Los Angeles, CA; at the Subtle Technologies Conference at the University of Toronto, Canada; and at Immedia, at the University of Michigan. Other performances and presentations include: The Monaco Danses Dances Forum, Monaco; ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Paris France; Invencao, Sao Paolo; and Imagina 98, Monaco.
To support this work and the production of an Audio CD, Active Vision, she was awarded a 1999 artist's residency at The iEAR Institute at Rensellaer Polytechnic, a Harvestworks Recording Production Grant in New York, an Artist's Residency at The Center for Research in the Computing Arts at The University of California at San Diego, and a residency at Franklin Furnace in New York as part of The Future of the Present. She has also shown this work in venues throughout New York City, Chicago and the Midwest; in San Francisco, and in Finland, Iceland, Germany,
Sweden, Greece, and the Phillipines. Her performance work and research is documented in the article Active Vision in the October 1999 issue of The Leonardo Journal. A retrospective article about her work from 1991-1998, Virtual Space and the Construction of Memory, is published in the Spring 98 issue of The Leonardo Journal.

13. Zev Robinson (Valencia, Spain)
After painting and exhibiting for over fifteen years, Zev Robinson began working on photography, digital and new media projects in 1999. artafterscience was then formed as a collaboration with computer programmer Adrian Marshall to explore the interaction between art, science, and technology, and to create time-based
art, creating a wide variety of projects, but with the emphasis on content, on how meaning is affected by context, form, and presentation, and on issues of contemporary culture.



As part of this project, Zev Robinson has also created videos in collaboration with various experimental and new music composers/performers, as well as curating screenings and exhibitions. In 2005, the Arts Council, England awarded a grant to artafterscience to develop interactive content including live video, motion detection, and sound, opening up new possibilities for installations, and for future collaborations with musicians and performers.



In 2006, Galeria Canem is showing Zev Robinson’s video installation (still) life at the Loop video art fair in Barcelona, then at the gallery space in Castellon. The Walter Thompson Orchestra has also invited Zev Robinson to be the video artist at a Soundpainting Thinktank in Sweden which will include three live performances. Other projects in progress include a video installation based on Edward Lucie-Smith’s poem on Caravaggio and a collaboration with pianist Claudio Crismani to create interactive, live, and video works of his interpretation of Scriabin. Randomness and Certainty is a new media piece using interviews with scientists, and will be launched on October 3 by the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) at the DANA Centre, London.



Zev Robinson has also curated a video screening dealing with climate change in collaboration with the BA in 2006. Chatterbox, a video installation based on the repetitive nature of communication and the media, has recently been completed and will be exhibited in various places in 2006, including the Loop video art fair. Please see http://www.artafterscience.com for more information, clips and demos.

14. Cynthia Beth Rubin (New Haven, USA)
Digital visual artist. For many years her work focused on cultural memory. In digital still images, digital video, interactive installations and web works, she worked to evoke sentiments intended to link the viewer to the enduring legacies of past generations. She spent 10 weeks in Senegal as a volunteer consultant, sponsored by American Jewish World Service and worked with Green Senegal, a group devoted to sustainable agriculture. She worked with them on their web site (http://www.green-senegal.org) and with some of their photographic documentation. During this time she visited many rural villages where the effects of desertification are all too real. She will working with imagery derived from natural form and texture. These images do not directly depict the desert, they are more about developing a natural sensibility. One of the first of these images, incorporating a 3D scan of seashell and textures of desert grasses, will be exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston. She collaborated with computer science researchers at Yale University (Holly Rushmeier and Bing Wang), who produced the scan, and we have a bit of an animation in the works. Her work is on line at: http://CBRubin.net

15. Djibril Sy (Dakar, Senegal)
Studies in photography at the artschool (Beaux-arts) in Dakar (1978) and at University of Columbia of Washington D.C (1989). He participated in many international exhibitions and art residencies in Senegal, France, Switzerland, UK and USA. From 1984 to 1994, he worked as a photographer for the mayor of Dakar and from 1993-1996 he was professor for photography at the artschool (Beaux-Arts) of Dakar.

Moderation by Julien Knebusch.