CHAIRS: Andrea Polli and Susan Latham
Biocultura and UNM College of Fine Arts present “Polar Light: Art Creating The Long View,” a LASER Santa Fe talk by Don Kennell and Morgan Barnard on their respective artwork addressing connection to the polar environments and endangered species through sculpture and light installations. Presented in coordination with Leonardo / ISAST (International Society of Art, Science and Technology), Interplanetary Festival, and hosted by Warehouse 21.
We made “Long View” to inspire people to join the conversation. Don Kennell and Lisa Adler
Santa Fe artists Don Kennell and Lisa Adler created Long View, a towering, 35-foot tall Polar bear welded from white car hoods that serve as a projection screen for images about nature, the environment and climate change, installed at in Railyard Park during Interplanetary Festival. Polar bears are on the front lines of climate change, threatened with extinction within decades. “Long View” is a term used to describe polar bear behavior in the wild. Polar bears stand up to look far into the distance, into the future. Long View serves as a symbol for the connection between carbon footprint and habitat loss. The sculpture itself serves as a screen for digital projections at night that address climate change and our connection to the environment. Kennell and Adler believe the polar bear’s message to us is to take the long view. They made this artwork so people can hear the polar bear’s message and become her ally. After the LASER talk, Kennell and Adler will present a live digital projection on the sculpture.
Don Kennell and Lisa Adler formed DKLA Design to fabricate and deliver unique monumental sculptures that create community engagement. They use recycled materials to represent a sustainable ethic and promote a higher consciousness about the connection between humans and the natural world. https://donkennell.com/
Aurora Clouds is a dynamic, LED, light installation inspired by visual sightings of the Aurora in the southern hemisphere. Designed by artist Morgan Barnard, Aurora Cloud is part of the new Penguin Chill exhibit at the BioPark in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The piece uses data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites to predict the visibility and intensity of the Aurora Australis. Morgan collaborated with Ideum, a Corrales company that makes interactive touch displays for museums and exhibitions to create an immersive experience that guide guests through an “Antarctic research expedition” at the penguin exhibit.
Morgan Barnard is a digital artist and designer working in the areas of public art, interactive media, lighting design, immersive installations and live cinema. His work offers audiences unique moments of observation and reflection through the use of projection and lighting. His studio, located in the high desert of New Mexico is focused on creating work that combines interactivity, data-visualisation, real-time systems and experimental digital techniques. Morgan brings a broad multidisciplinary skill set to the projects he works on and thrives on collaborations with other artists, architects, clients, contractors and project partners. http://morganbarnard.com/
About Biocultura and LASER Santa Fe Biocultura operates at the intersection of biology, art and design with a focus on creation and education. Biocultura events are designed to stimulate thought and discussion, aiming to connect biology and art to our personal lives, histories, communities and environments. In 2017 Biocultura was selected by Leonardo as the official host of LASER Santa Fe. More information at: bioculturasantafe.com
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