Upcoming Events

November 2018

November 27, 2018 | 6PM

Photographing Science: Artist Talk with Chris Linder

Visual Arts Center

Yep, Sounds Like a Drill Chris Linder is a photographer, oceanographer, and conservation activist. Linder uses photography as “a tool to educate and inspire the public about science and conservation issues.” Since 2002, he has documented more than fifty scientific expeditions. His photographs have been featured in exhibits at the Field Museum and the Smithsonian, among many others. On the occasion of the International Polar Year (2007 to 2009), Linder, together with a media team, launched the NSF-funded project “Live from the Poles.” Linder and his colleagues documented four major expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica, and connected researchers with the public through daily online photo essays and lectures “from the ice.” The still photography produced by Linder on the occasion of these travels was published in a book entitled Science on Ice in 2011. In his talk, Linder will present this project and reflect on his use of photography to communicate scientific research. Moderated by Patrick Heimbach, Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded project “Understanding Arctic System Change Through Synthesis of Hydrographic and Sea Ice Observations from the Early 21st Century” and Associate Professor at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), the Jackson School of Geosciences, and the Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin. Organized by the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Exploring the Arctic Ocean.

November 28, 2018 | 5PM

Art and Activism: Artist Talk with John Quigley

Visual Arts Center

Greenpeace expedition to Arctic Svalbard John Quigley is an artist, producer, and activist. Working with environmental advocacy organizations, Quigley established the genre of aerial art as a “unique mix of human installation, aerial photography, and political activism.” Using materials as well as human bodies, Quigley directs the creation of large-scale patterns and images on land, which are fully revealed when seen from an aerial perspective. He has created more than 200 Aerial Art images involving over 200,000 people on seven continents. In 2014, Quigley was commissioned by Greenpeace to create an installation that would highlight the effects of the rapid melting of sea ice in the Arctic. Quigley used copper strips to lay the outlines of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man on a large ice floe. In his presentation, Quigley will talk about this and other projects, and discuss the efficacy of activist art production. Moderated by Sharon Strover, Philip G. Warner Regents Professor in Communication, Department of Radio-Television-Film, The University of Texas at Austin. Organized by the Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Exploring the Arctic Ocean.