Visualizing Climate Change

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This workshop engages various approaches that scientists, academics, artists, filmmakers, and activists take in climate change visualization, focusing especially on  moving images. Spanning interactive data visualization to time lapse photography to documentary film, moving images are the primary mode through which climate change is conveyed.

From the perspectives of environmental media practices, theories, and approaches, this workshop engages visual representations of global effects of climate change with a particular emphasis on those of the Arctic region. This all-day event is free and open to the public -- please feel free to drop in as schedules allow.



“Research, Documentary, and Advocacy in the Arctic: Ethics, Methods, Lessons”
Chris Cuomo (Philosophy, University of Georgia)


“The National Film Board of Canada as an Arm’s Length Governmental Organization and its Production of Climate Change Visualization” Scott MacKenzie (Film & Media, Queen’s University) 

“Representing Arctic Climate Change Through Interactive Data Visualization and Time Lapse Photography” Victoria Chai (Human Computer Interaction, Georgia Tech) and Anna Westerstahl Stenport (Modern Languages, Georgia Tech).

“A Case Study in Effective Climate Change Media: Visualizing Through an Anthropological Lens” Meryl Shriver-Rice (Environmental Media, University of Miami),

12:30-1:00 LUNCH
(Speakers and invited guests; please contact to register)

Program I: “Handmade Films and Material Ecologies”
Salt Crystals Spiral Jetty Dead Sea Five Year Film (Jennifer West, USA, 2013). 1 min
sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars (Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2014). 2 min.
Matters of Bioluminescence (Robbie Land, USA, 2014). 8 min.
Alternative Forms of Energy (Jen Proctor, USA, 2005). 4.5 min.
True Life Adventure II (Erin Espelie, USA, 2013). 5 min.
Curated and introduced by Gregory Zinman (Literature, Media & Communication, Georgia Tech)

Program II: “Arctic Melting Ice and Experimental Imaginaries”
The Arctic Melt (Diane Tuft, USA, 2017). 3 min.
Maana (Now, Félix Pharand D., Canada, 2007). 6 min.
COP 15 Opening Film: Please Help the World (Mikkel Blaabjerg Poulsen, Dansk Udenrigsministeriet, Denmark, 2009). 4 min.
High on a Hill (Lisa Lipton, Canada, 2008). 7 min.
Subatlantic (Ursula Biemann, Switzerland, 2015). 11 min.
Curated and introduced by Scott MacKenzie (Film & Media, Queen’s University) and Anna Westerstahl Stenport (Modern Languages, Georgia Tech)

Roundtable and Q&A: Scott MacKenzie, Anna Westerstahl Stenport, and Gregory Zinman

2:30-3:45 WORKSHOP
"Introduction to Climate Change Data Visualization"
Ximin Mi (Data Visualization Librarian, Georgia Tech)
Space is limited. Please contact to register.

"Imaging and Imagining Environmental Change in the Twenty-First Century"
Hunter Vaughan (Cinema Studies, Oakland University)

5:00-6:00 RECEPTION
112 Swann Building, 613 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332

The organizers of this event gratefully recognize the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the following Georgia Institute of Technology co-sponsors: School of Modern Languages; the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center; the Library; and The Global Media Fest SPAG Project.

Event Details


  • Friday, November 10, 2017
    9:00 am - Saturday, November 11, 2017
    5:59 pm
Location: Room 308, Savant Building, 631 Cherry St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Fee(s): FREE

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