Data at Risk Colloquium: Amy Balkin

Making Climate Data Public
Date: 
27 Feb 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
Annenberg School, Room 500
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Type: 
Colloquium

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Existing environmental data – from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports to emission market data – are being reshaped by artists to engage with a variety of publics and audiences. These materials are often available yet ‘invisible’ – opaque, bureaucratic, stultifying, upsetting, or otherwise challenging.

Artist Amy Balkin will discuss how she has leveraged existing environmental and climate change data into public, experimental, participatory, collaborative, sited, and performative artworks, addressing political participation and exclusion in the context of climate change, and in support of environmental justice. These ‘arts-driven research’ projects include an environmental justice audio tour of California’s I-5 freeway, a ‘clean air’ public park, a map of human influence on the atmosphere, and a participatory climate change archive made up of contributions from people living in places that may be – or already are – disappearing, owing to sea level rise and other climate change impacts.

Amy Balkin is a San Francisco-based artist whose work focuses on how humans create, interact with, and impact the social and material landscapes they inhabit. 


Lunch will be provided to those attending the talk.


When data are at risk, public life suffers. Data at Risk is a four-part lecture series addressing the effect of precarious environmental data on efforts to save the environment. Focusing on how journalists, academics, and artists use storytelling and visual tools to foster better awareness of the environment, Data at Risk is co-sponsored by the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication and DataRefuge of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities at the School of Arts and Sciences.

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Disclaimer: 
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