Long View Study No. 27 (Data Collection)

November 30, 2016

My newest Long View Study is inspired by Antarctic data collection. From the earliest days of polar exploration, scientists have recorded observations in the fields of biology, glaciology, geology, geophysics, metrology, and oceanography. Analog measuring devices and hand-inscribed ledgers were the order of the day for decades. Today’s technology has revolutionized the process, allowing researchers to gather and compare data over time with unprecedented efficiency and accuracy.

Earth observation satellites are a prime example. Scientists typically use them to monitor environmental changes over the long term to better understand and predict how Earth’s systems interact. Over Antarctica, they track shifts in sea ice, ozone depletion, animal populations, weather and other conditions using radar which allow study of inaccessible areas at day or night, regardless of cloud cover. Growing data sets reveal Antarctica’s role in the big picture, helping climate scientists assess, predict, and manage continued human impact on the natural system.

The artwork was created with cut paper, graphite, thread, and wood. It is currently on view in the exhibition Art Above 66° 33’ at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art from 2016 November 18 through 2017 February 10. In the show, this piece is hinged with another panel to create a paired vignette — one of fifty that will feature in the Long View project’s completion.