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Light + Environmental Sustainability


How can photography make us aware of our environmental impact?

Artist Andrea Polli discusses the Partical Falls and Energy Flow projects.

Inspired by the do-it-yourself and maker movements, Andrea Polli’s project Hack the Grid encourages us to use something as basic as a camera phone to measure and visualize our environmental impact.

Polli launched her project at the museum in November 2016 with an The Making of Energy Flow on the Rachel Carson Bridge (external link), in which she presented her interdisciplinary practice. In January 2017, Polli led Making the Invisible Visible, An Environmental Challenge, a series of workshops, examining how we sense and experience environmental data. Participants analyzed data about light and air using tools such as the sensors on smartphones and considered how the visualization of data could be used to inspire action on pressing environmental concerns.

Polli documents these workshops, as well as past and current public art projects such as Particle Falls and Energy Flow, in an artist book launching in December 2017.