Andrea Polli received her Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a digital media artist living in New Mexico who works with science, technology and media. Currently, she 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.
Links to examples of her work
Heat and the Heartbeat of the City: http://turbulence.org/Works/heat/index2.html
Particle Falls: http://vimeo.com/16336508
Cloud Car: http://vimeo.com/2553521
I'm attracted to Andrea Polli's work because of the way she reshapes and reorders information using data sonification and visualization to explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. She draws attention to specific details within large and complex systems and translates them into a digestible form. The transformation of the data is done in an aesthetically pleasing manner. It's poetic and beautiful. In particle falls, the piece spurs curiosity with the viewer and motivates them to explore the issue of particle pollution further. The art creates a space for potential interactions and participation.
I think Polli's work sits at the intersection of art and social movements that I strive for. She uses her art to highlight environmental issues, further sustainability, and to share ideas of what our future could look like. She believes it's important for the public to have a greater understanding of science, especially in the case of complex issues like climate change, and helps spread that understanding to lead people to make informed decisions. I like that her art embraces many disciplines and invites participation from a variety of people. The process of working with experts in so many different areas makes her pieces have lots of depth.