The artists featured in this Aer project look critically at the issue of air quality and use various methods to raise awareness of the issue among the public. Because air is invisible, artists are faced with the challenge of making the intangible real. Because air pollution is a silent killer, artists are challenged to give a voice to the body's dependence on clean air. Most of the featured projects blur the line between art and activism, and all the artists are changing public understanding of the air around us, questioning accepted norms of ownership of and responsibility to the air we must breathe to live.

about the curator
Andrea Polli is an electronic media artist living in New York City. She is currently Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program at Hunter College . Polli's projects often bring together artists and scientists from various disciplines. She is interested in global systems, the real time interconnectivity of these systems, and the effect of these systems on individuals. She has exhibited, performed, and lectured nationally and internationally.

She currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding storm and climate through sound (a process called sonification). Recent works include: a spatialized sonification of highly detailed models of storms that devastated the New York area; a series of sonifications of actual and projected climate in Central Park; and a real-time multi-channel sonification and visualization of weather in the Arctic. In 2007-2008 she will undergo National Science Foundation sponsored research at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, a unique opportunity for collaboration between disciplines. This project coincides with the current scientific and popular media attention on Antarctica and the International Polar Year, a global event intended to advance understanding of the remote polar-regions and their impact on the global climate system.