After Dark Online: Listening to the Environment

Thursday, April 15, 2021 • 7:00 p.m. PT

Adults Only (18+)

Free online event: Join below or via YouTube or Facebook

Explore the intersections of art and science through the practice of individual artists weaving science, technology, and methods of discovery. We'll hear from artists who tune into the sounds of the natural world, with a particular interest in broadcasting the impacts of climate change on our aural environment. From interpreting climate data through sound to long-term documentation of specific species or habitats over time, these artists provide a unique approach for understanding the impacts of climate change.

This program features:

How can design methods and collaborations between artists and scientists help people engage with the impacts of climate change? Hear from climate scientist and Art Institute of Chicago professor Mika Tosca about the ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and artists is valuable for communicating climate change—and may be instrumental in working toward climate solutions. 

In 1968, Bernie Krause founded Wild Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to the recording and archiving of natural soundscapes. Over the course of his career, he has methodically tuned into the natural world to cultivate eco-soundscapes that observe the sounds of the natural world. Through this work, he has also tracked the ways in which these environments have changed over time. In a conversation with Exploratorium curator Liz Keim, Bernie will discuss his approach to recording the natural world, how the landscapes he tracked have changed over time, and share a bit about The Great Animal Orchestra, an artwork driven by his eco-soundscapes. 

Photo credit: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, The Great Animal Orchestra, 2016. Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. Photo © Luc Boegly