Q&A with Jane Marsching
"I hope that art that looks at environmental crises can help people to understand them better, but even more, can awaken in people a desire to make changes." —Jane Marsching
Here’s another art and science Q&A for your bookmarks:
Jane Marsching, associate professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, is a media artist who creates interdisciplinary eco-art about the impact of climate change. In 2005, she began a four-year investigation of the North Pole. The result of her research—including a trip to Arctic science research stations in Alaska—is a Creative Capital-supported project called Arctic Listening Post (2005-2009). The project presents a series of research-based works exploring the relationships between cultural history, climate science, and common attitudes toward the northern-most region. Marsching creates a portrait of the Arctic by mixing fiction with nonfiction and art with science and technology. She uses a combination of video installations, photography, data visualizations, and interactive websites to start a dialogue about climate change and sustainability. To learn more about Arctic Listening Post, we chatted with Marsching via e-mail about imagining the North Pole, her numerous collaborators, and the importance of environmental activism.
Read the full post on the National Endowment for the Arts’ Facebook page.
Postscript: Jane co-edited Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles (2011) with Andrea Polli.