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Andrea Polli
* 1968
Affiliated institution: Director of the Social Media Workgroup (SMW) at the University of New Mexico

Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Andrea Polli – artist profile”. (retrieved 2015-07-05). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Andrea Polli artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2015-07-05}
Andrea Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating and directing art and community projects and writing. She has been creating media and technology artworks related to environmental science issues since 1999, when she first began collaborating with atmospheric scientists on sound and data sonification projects. Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA/Goddard Institute Climate Research Group in New York City, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and AirNow. She holds a doctorate in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Her latest book is Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles on Intellect Press.
She currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding storm and climate through sound (called sonification). Recent projects include: a spatialized sonification of highly detailed models of storms that devastated the New York area; a series of sonifications of climate in Central Park; and a real-time multi-channel sonification and visualization of weather in the Arctic. In 2007/2008 she spent seven weeks in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation funded project.
Andrea Polli has received a Master of Fine Arts in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Computing, Communications and Electronics from the University of Plymouth, UK. In 2000, she was voted Teacher of the Year at Columbia College in Chicago in recognition of her work connecting students to the wider community through collaborative projects. These projects included performances and exhibitions at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and a large scale public art project connecting 5 neighborhood arts organizations with live web streaming, an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and six billboards. Pause. was featured as the Millennium Community Artwork for Illinois and funded by The Mid Atlantic Arts Council and Ameritech.
Polli is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University's Center for Advanced Research Computing (Source:

PhD, Communication, Computing and Electronics, 2011 The University of Plymouth, Plymouth UK
MFA, Time Arts, 1992 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
BA, History of Art, 1989 The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD

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Publications & References
Polli, Andrea. Hack the Grid. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2018.
Connor, Steven. The Matter of Air: Science and Art of the Ethereal. Islington: Reaktion Books, 2013.
Polli, Andrea and Jane Marsching. Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles. Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2011.