Common Ground

The Sound of Science: Artists and Scientists Discuss Climate Change

 

1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Join us for conversations and musical performances with artists, scientists, composers, musicians, and museum directors on the implications of NFTs, carbon capture, and the performing arts in the age of climate crisis.

Please note this event is planned to run until about 3:30pm EST. We’ll open with an artist dialog followed by a musical performance followed by a second dialog on the intersections between music and science. As always, we’ll have an audience q&a and close with a poetry reading.

1pm EST: Artist dialog with Andrea Andersson, Torkwase Dyson, John Gerrard, and Miranda Massie hosted by Paul D. Miller

2pm EST: Musical performances from The ClimateMusic Project, DJ Spooky, and Jacqueline Austermann with Eve Ó Donnell and Lea Luka Tiziana Sikau

2:30pm EST: Science and Music dialog with Jacqueline Austermann, Laurie Goldman, Dr. Andrew Jones, Andrew Revkin, and Erik Ian Walker hosted by Paul D. Miller

In this talk

Andrea Andersson

A headshot of Andrea Andersson
Founding Director & Chief Curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, Andrea Andersson is a writer and curator, and has organized internationally touring exhibitions. She coedits a series of artists’ books together with Siglio Press including Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible, Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, and Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension. She most recently coedited Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch with Antonio Sergio Bessa, which accompanies the eponymous exhibition traveling this summer to the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. She is currently editing Troy Montes-Michie: Rock of Eye, forthcoming Fall 2021 in coordination with Montes-Michie’s first solo institutional exhibition.

Jacqueline Austermann

Jacqueline Austermann
Assistant Professor at Columbia University and part of the Seismology, Geology, and Tectonophysics Division of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Jacqueline Austermann studies sea level changes ranging from the past glacial cycles to Millions of years ago in order to infer ice mass changes and ice sheet stability as well as constrain the Earth’s rheology. Austermann also works on geodynamic and plate tectonic problems dealing with plate driving forces and dynamics of the Earth’s deep interior.

Torkwase Dyson

A photo of Torkwase Dyson
Torkwase Dyson
A painter whose compositions address the continuity of movement, climate change, infrastructure, and architecture, Torkwase Dyson grapples with ways space is perceived and negotiated by black and brown bodies. These subjects produce abstractions that explore the history and future of black spatial liberation strategies and environmental racism. Explorations of how the body unifies, balances, and arranges itself to move through environments become expressive and discursive structures within her work. Dyson builds the paintings slowly, accumulating washes and configuring geometric elements through improvisation and reflection. The subtle use of atmospheric color, lines, and scale in the paintings invites the eye to consider the conceptual and corporeal knowledge of space in real time.

John Gerrard

John Gerrard, photo by Michael Duerr
Photo by Michael Duerr
Breaching the divisions between portrait, landscape, and history painting, and now exploring an expanded arena of choreography and performance, the innovative form of John Gerrard’s work keeps pace with the subtle complexity of its subject-matter. Gerrard has developed a sophisticated method of trans-historical collage, overlaying terrain, figure, image, and gesture captured from real bodies and sites. The resulting works are sculptures that exist in virtual space, within environments that include complex algorithmic choreographies, multiple moving viewpoints, and realistic cycles of day and night that unfold in ‘real time’ over the course of an entire year. (Bio text by Robin Mackay)

Laurie Goldman

Laurie Goldman
Director of Public Engagement at The ClimateMusic Project, Laurie Goldman is a veteran public policy professional who has held positions in government, industry, and academia. She most recently served as Deputy Director of UC Berkeley’s Global Engagement Office. As head of Global Trade Policy for Levi Strauss & Co., Laurie advised on global trade and development issues. Laurie has always been passionate about working with institutions committed to a greater good and has sought out opportunities to engage on global concerns. Laurie holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Tufts University.

Dr. Andrew Jones

Dr. Andrew Jones
Earth scientist Andrew Jones works at the interface of human and environmental systems. He is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor in the interdisciplinary Energy and Resources Group program at UC Berkeley. His research blends quantitative Earth science methods with social science perspectives and stakeholder engagement to understand climate change and human-Earth interactions at decision-relevant scales and provide insight into strategies for increasing resilience of energy water, food, and urban systems. He has participated in a number of science-art collaborations including The Climate Music Project and helped to organize a series of residencies on the intersection of artistic practice, scientific practice, and climate equity.

Eve Ó Donnell

Eve Ó Donnell
Irish composer, vocalist, creative producer, and curator Eve Ó Donnell lives and works in Brooklyn. Since receiving her Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition in 2012 she has worked in New Music internationally. Eve is the curator and producer of the Irish musical discovery platform #IrishOriginSeries, and she is a founding member of the Os Ensemble choir, for which she composes regularly on the topic of environmental impact through climate change. As the Artistic Producer, Composer Initiatives at National Sawdust, Eve produces the emerging composer mentorship initiatives; the Hildegard Composer Competition for female, trans and nonbinary composers; and the Blueprint Fellowship in partnership with The Juilliard School, which supports emerging composers.

Miranda Massie

Photo by David Noles
Photo by David Noles
Director and Founder of NYC’s Climate Museum, the first climate-dedicated museum in the US, Miranda Massie has organized a NYC-wide art installation, the five-month exhibition Taking Action, youth performance programs, science education, a monthly discussion series on climate and inequality, and more. During the pandemic, the Museum has developed programs and advocacy tools to provide diverse constituencies with opportunities for connection with the goal of encouraging broad civic engagement and empowering the public to take action on climate crisis. Miranda is a regular guest lecturer in design, museum studies, and climate-focused graduate and undergraduate courses. She speaks frequently on the need for climate-focused programming in the cultural sector.

Andrew Revkin

Andrew Revkin
Environmental journalist Andrew Revkin is Founding Director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he builds programs, courses, tools, and collaborations that bridge the gap between science and society. Revkin has written on climate change for over 30 years. He has held positions at National Geographic and Discover Magazine and won many awards in science journalism, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship. Revkin has written on the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arctic, global warming, the Amazon rainforest, and science communication. A lifelong musician, he was a frequent accompanist of Pete Seeger and is a performing songwriter.

Lea Luka Tiziana Sikau

Lea Luka Tiziana Sikau
Mezzo-soprano, scholar, and cultural impresaria Lea Luka has carved a niche for herself at the nexus of critical inquiry, media art, and music. She is currently working with Marina Abramovic on the opera production 7 Deaths of Maria Callas and previously worked for the new music incubator National Sawdust. She has learnt from, worked, or performed with Jörg Widmann, Ai Wei Wei, Andrey Boreyko, Sxip Shirey, Johanna Doderer, Sarah Maria Sun, Axel Kober, Hans W. Henze, Edda Moser, Jay Scheib, Sir Peter Jonas, Barbara Bonney, Brigitta Muntendorf, Paola Prestini, and Joan Punyet Miró, among other artists. She was awarded with the Bavarian Cultural Award 2020. Lea Luka is an Alumna of Harvard’s Mellon School and conducted research at MIT on art science collaborations.

Erik Ian Walker

Erik Ian Walker
Since 1982, Erik Ian Walker has been writing and recording music for theater, dance, film, and television in the Bay Area. Drawing on his knowledge of the science of sound in his compositions, he includes sounds from the everyday and from nature as part of his soundscapes. His extensive collaborations include experimental theater/dance performance, film, and rock and jazz ensembles. His latest releases include Climate by the Climate Ensemble and numerous singles as Hash Brown and the Red Eyed Rangers. Erik runs WackoWorld Music in San Francisco, a recording and teaching studio. He produces for local artists and teaches musicianship, improvisation, synthesizer madness, and piano for all ages at the studio. Erik holds a degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Photo by Janeil Pietzrak
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall, debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Craig Santos Perez reading.

Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez
An Indigenous Pacific Islander from Guam, Craig Santos Perez is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Habitat Threshold. He teaches environmental poetry at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa.