Others around the world experiment with expressing science in new ways:
Global Warming Trend and Variations Charted by Cello
Daniel Crawford, a cello-playing undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, came up with a new way to describe the trend and variations that both characterize our warming climate — a solo composition, “Song of Our Warming Planet,” in which notes represent annual temperature readings from 1880 to 2012 as charted by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
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The arts/science connections expand and interests come together in exciting ways. Prof Gustaaf Hallegraeff, Vice-Present of ISSHA, has collected and promoted a Plankton Art collection within the ISSHA website.
Sarah Anne Johnson, Canadian artist and photographer
In 2013, artist Sarah Anne Johnson spoke about the fact that she has been thinking a lot about the responsibility of art — or lack thereof.
“I used to think that art could start revolutions. I wanted to believe that so badly,” she said on the phone from her home in Winnipeg. “But when you start getting into that, then the art becomes more like propaganda or can dip into advertising.”
Johnson has adjusted her thinking.
Art has no responsibility unless the artist wants it to, she said. And it doesn’t start revolutions — but that’s not a bad thing.
“It can be part of our evolution, which is way more powerful and important. Revolutions come and go — evolutions are forever,” she said.
CanadianArt describes Sarah Anne’s 2010/11 work as Arctic landscapes with fantastical alterations: buildings and confetti grace the tops of glaciers; vibrant, smoky fireworks fill the expansive northern sky. The result of an expeditionary residency to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, the works combine a celebration of the Arctic’s beauty with the artist’s awareness of its precarious future.
Sarah Anne’s manipulated photographs of the Arctic environment generate beautiful and haunting images that can be seen at: Arctic Wonderland at Stephen Bulger Gallery.
Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef
For millions of years, living forms have evolved iterations of hyperbolic space; its swoops and involutions are the signature of brain coral, kelp fronds, and the mantles of pelagic jellies. But to mathematicians, who long sought ways to model hyperbolic space, its complications seemed beyond reckoning.
The problem seemed insoluble—until Cornell mathematician Daina Taimima put the crafts she learned as a girl growing up in Latvia to use. Taimima used crochet to crack the hyperbolic code; her students now learn not only the methods of transformations in n-dimensions, but the algorithms of knit-one-pearl-two as well.
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project was then created in 2005 by Margaret and Christine Wertheim, director and co-director of the Institute For Figuring. The Crochet Reef work, under the Wertheim sisters intensive direction a Core Collection of Crochet Reefs has been brought into being over the past 4 years. This body of work has been made by the sisters themselves – they have personally crocheted about half the pieces in the collection – along with approximately 40 other Contributors around the world.
Nele Azevedo: Melting Men
Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo made one thousand of the ice figurines, which began melting immediately on the sun-soaked cement. Many melted within 30 minutes. The installation was hosted by the German branch of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) to draw attention to climate change.
Waiting for Climate Change
Isaac Cordal: Last two months I´ve been working in a project called ‘Waiting for Climate Change’. It will be exhibited on the beach of De Panne as well as in a local historic villa once occupied by Chalutier. This is part of the Beaufort04 edition. For this project I made some ephemeral installations in different locations off the coast. ‘ Waiting for Climate Change‘ presents a few stereotypes of persons confronting climate change in different ways. Some of them climbed to the top of a pole from where they look at the horizon.
Global Art Installations Take Aim At Climate Change
In November, 2010, the first global planetary art show: 350 EARTH took off, launching numerous climate-themed art installations in locations all over the world. The large-scale public exhibition comes right before the UN climate talks taking place on November 28th in Cancun, Mexico and was arranged by grassroots organization 350.org, who’s name represents reducing carbon dioxide in the air from 390 parts per million (ppm) to under 350 ppm.