LASER: Art and Atmospheric Science

LASER: Art and Atmospheric Science

Andrea Polli, Suzanne Paulson and Emily Womack

A discussion about Public Art and Atmospheric Science with Dr. Andrea Polli, Dr. Suzanne Paulson and Emily Womack
21 Jan 2021 - 12:30pm

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Join us as we welcome in the new year with a discussion about Public Art and Atmospheric Science. Within this virtual conversation with Dr. Andrea Polli, Dr. Suzanne Paulson and Emily Womack, we will learn how these concepts converge and facilitate expand awareness about one of our most critical diminishing resources - clean air.

Andrea Polli is an environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Polli creates artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental issues. She currently holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University's Center for Advanced Research Computing.

Her interdisciplinary research has been presented in various mediums, including public artworks, media installations, community projects, performances, broadcasts, mobile and geolocative media, and so forth. Polli has worked, for instance, with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding storm and climate through sound. She has worked with NASA's Goddard Institute Climate Research Group, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Polli has created and presented public artworks at 25 locations including a wind-powered light work covering the Rachel Carson bridge in Pittsburgh, a permanent light work for the University of Utah and building-scale works presented in cities across the world.
Her artwork and research has received major support from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Fulbright, among others.

Suzanne E. Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UCLA, is an expert on smog, ozone and air pollution. Her work at the atmospheric chemistry laboratory at UCLA focuses on assessing the impacts of human activity on the lower atmosphere. She has spoken about particulates and air quality in the Los Angeles Area. Polli also headed a joint study by UCLA's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.
At her UCLA lab, the experimental program focuses on mechanisms of organic-radical reactions. The field program at her lab is focused on detection of carbon-based compounds, making measurements both in heavily polluted urban air and in the cleaner 'remote' troposphere.

Emily Womack is the co-founder of Dyson & Womack, a public art consulting, fabrication, and design firm that manages and advises on significant public and private contemporary artworks and programs. Dedicated to the development of methodologies that increase equity and support environmentally progressive approaches to cultural art integrations, Emily stands out as an expert in the field of public art management and policy. As a leader in public art consulting, Emily has completed projects for the State of California, the British Council, the City of Los Angeles, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among other recognized governmental and public cultural institutions. Significant projects include CURRENT:LA, the City of Los Angeles' public art triennial and the California Air Resources Board Public Art Program where her work will result in the largest permanent collection of artworks addressing air quality and climate change world-wide.