Welcome to 90ºS

October 11th, 2007 andrea

Welcome to 90degreessouth.org, the weblog for the 90ºS project!

On November 30, 2007, I will leave New York City to spend seven weeks at McMurdo Station in Antarctica work with scientists gathering and modeling environmental data, particularly scientists in the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research Project and data from Automatic Weather Stations. This project aims to communicate both the aesthetic beauty of Antarctica and the scientific importance of Antarctica to the global climate.

As an artist who works with weather and climate data highlighting climate change issues, traveling to Antarctica and working alongside global climate and weather experts will be an exciting opportunity to explore art and science collaboration. Although this work could be done at any time, it is especially appropriate that it be done during the International Polar Year because the art work relates directly the polar region’s impact on global climate.

I plan to experiment with data compiled by several scientist teams and determine how best to use it in a sound and visual installation. I will record video and audio interviews with the scientists and capture video, sound and digital images of the environment and will include selections of that work here.   Through talking to many people who have visited there, I’ve learned that in Antarctica, one should ‘expect the unexpected’ so I expect that this blog will contain documentation of some unusual and unexpected experiences!

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