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PositiveFeedback presents Art/Science Speed-Dating

When: Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 PM 
Where: Robert Rauschenberg Gallery, 455 West 19th Street, between 9th & 10th Aves.

Back by popular demand for the third time, this event is designed to bring artists and climate scientists together to determine if there are “sparks” for future interdisciplinary collaboration.  The event will be moderated by Eli Kintisch, and begin with two first dates between Gavin Schmidt & Annea Lockwood; and Jennifer Monson & Shahid Naeem. Space is very limited. Click this link to RSVP.


PositiveFeedback’s upcoming November events are part of Marfa Dialogues / NY, an examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice happening this October and November, 2013 in New York City. A collaboration between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation, Marfa Dialogues / NY will feature 18 Program Partners and a spectrum of exhibitions, performance, and interdisciplinary discussions at the intersection of the arts and climate change. www.marfadialogues.org




Don’t Be Sad, Flying Ace! and Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret
The Art and Science Dating Game…And What Happens Next?
No Passport Theater Conference
Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret
Talking about more than a hut through the lens of art
Partnering for the Climate: An Artist-Scientist Mixer
Climate Change Art/Science Dating Game
Klaus & Klaus: Climate Manipulation Station
Superhero Clubhouse performance, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
The Civilians’ The Great Immensity

Don’t Be Sad, Flying Ace! & Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret

November 2 & 3
The 14th Street Y Theater

DON’T BE SAD FLYING ACE! is inspired by Charles Shultz’ iconic beagle and features a dog that perches on his doghouse as waters rise around him after a hurricane that washed him (and his house) out to sea. It incorporates leading climate science on topics like sea level rise.
FIELD TRIP: A CLIMATE CABARET is a musical adventure celebrating the value of collaboration and revealing science as a creative and intrepid process. Set in a wilderness base camp where seven extraordinary women of climate science have gathered to share ideas, FIELD TRIP features original songs, dance and poetry that together offer a uniquely hopeful view of our changing world. Both pieces were performed by Superhero Clubhouse, a sustainable collective of artists and advocates working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater.

The Art and Science Dating Game…And What Happens Next?

March 27
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A PositiveFeedback “how to” on building partnerships that transcend disciplines and inspire climate change activists and novices.

This event featured a dialogue between three pairs of collaborators, moderated by Nilda Mesa, Associate Dean for Administration at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Each panel consisted of an artist and scientist (some connected through PositiveFeedback) who discussed their outlook for collaborations and projects.

To understand the benefits of partnerships between artists and scientists, this event focused on how these collaborations actually work. How do artists and scientists find each other outside of their labs and studios? How do they turn their mutual interests in environment and climate change into sustained relationships? Panel speakers included scientists from Columbia University’s Earth Institute: Lamont Senior Research Scientist Robin Bell, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) Director Robert Chen, and Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) Co-Director Kenneth Broad, as well as artists Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, (the MET’s current artist-in-residence), Lars Jan, director of Holoscenes, and Eve Mosher, creator of the High Water Line art project.

More about artist and scientist collaborations at The Art/Science Dating Game.

No Passport Theater Conference

Better Than Barter: Artists and Scientists Re-define Collaboration, Mentorship and Community

March 1
NYU Gallatin | Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

A panel discussion exploring artist/scientist collaboration on issues related to climate change, the challenges and rewards of the collaborative process, and what lessons we might learn to foster future interdisciplinary connections. The panel was part of the seventh annual NoPassport theater conference Dreaming the Americas: Staging New Theaters/Challenging Hierarchies, presented by NoPassport and NYU Gallatin. The conference sought to explore the intersection between art and late capitalism, and the power of imagining new models for theatre action and social change.

Co-curated and co-moderated by Lisa Phillips (Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Earth Institute, Columbia University) and Dana Whitco (Institute for Performing Arts, NYU), Co-Directors, PositiveFeedback.

A video recording of the event can be found here (The panel discussion begins about 3 minutes into the video.

The online program can be found here.


Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On October 6th at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House, Superhero Clubhouse presented an original performance created in collaboration with LDEO climate scientists and sponsored by Positive Feedback.  Superhero Clubhouse is a collective of theater artists and environmental advocates that specializes in creating and performing “eco-plays,” which are inspired by scientific events and focused on environmental sustainability.

Check out this article about the performance on the Earth Institute’s State of the planet blog!



Talking About More than a Hut Through the Lens of Art

A panel discussion at Open Hut Day
Sunday, July 1, 2012 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn

 Featuring panelists Isabella Bruno (Principal, BRUNO), Christina Ferwerda (Exhibition Developer, BRUNO), Lisa Phillips (Co-Founder and Co-Director, Positive Feedback, Executive Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute, Columbia University), Jill Sigman (Artist, jill sigman/thinkdance), and Dana Whitco (Center for Creative Research)

As part of Open Hut Day, Lisa Phillips joined a panel discussion that explored the concept of how art becomes meaningful to a viewer through exhibitions and other means of contextualization. Is it just a matter of how we see it? Does knowing about the context under which the art was created change our viewpoint?  More details can be found here.


Partnering for the Climate: An Artist/Scientist Mixer

A Noguchi Museum Event Co-Sponsored by PositiveFeedback
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 3:00-5:00 pm
The Noguchi Museum,  Long Island City
Featuring Mary Miss and Eric Sanderson. Moderator: Jeremy Pickard.

How can individuals and communities make sense of fragmented, confusing and often overwhelming news and data about climate change? The nervous system that interweaves artists, researchers, and the concerned public is largely disconnected. How can we make a difference and spark new relationships in the process?

Now more than ever, the climate needs artists and scientists to partner up and marry hard science with interpretive media. PositiveFeedback and The Noguchi Museum hosted a pre-Valentine’s-Day event to initiate new and meaningful relationships, before celebrating romantic partnerships.

“Partnering for the Climate: An Artist/Scientist Mixer,” on Sunday, February 12, 2012,

provided stimulating discussion and ample time for mixing with fellow artists, scientists, and community members active in climate change issues in New York City. It was also the perfect follow-up to December’s Speed Dating Event for Artists and Scientists. Civic Action artist Mary Miss and leading scientist Eric Sanderson led a discussion, moderated by artist and playwright Jeremy Pickard, about how interpretive media and collaboration between artists and scientists can help us to better understand and respond to global warming.

Attendees gather within the Civic Action exhibit space.









The Noguchi Museum hosted this event as part of its ongoing exhibition Civic Action. Click here for more photos of this event!

Read OneEarth’s coverage of this event here!


Climate Change Art/Science Dating Game

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design, Manhattan

Featuring Mary Miss and Stephanie Pfirman. MC: David Berreby.

Wondering what brings scientists and artists together on climate change? Installation artist and urban socio-architect Mary Miss and scientist and climate researcher Stephanie Pfirman went on their first date. The event was also a chance to hook up with other artists and scientists as well!

More About the Artist:

Mary Miss is a New York City artist whose long career has ranged between sculpture, architecture, installation and landscape design, always with a focus on the artist’s role in addressing the issues of our time. Her work examines social, cultural, and environmental sustainability through various projects that encourage the visitor to become more aware of the underlying history and ecology of a site. Current and past projects include the transformation of Broadway into a ‘green’ corridor, marking flood levels in Boulder, Colorado, and transforming a sewage treatment plant into a public space.

More About the Scientist:

Stephanie Pfirman is an environmental researcher with a focus on Arctic and polar science, studying the dynamics of glaciers, sea ice, and contaminant transport. While working to understand the nature of these rapidly changing and increasingly important areas of environmental concern, Pfirman educates students at Barnard College, Columbia University, and is committed to public outreach. Her other positions include research scientist at the University of Kiel and GEOMAR, Germany; staff scientist for the US House of Representatives Committee on Science; and oceanographer with the US Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Stephanie Pfirman and Mary Miss' featured date

Stephanie Pfirman and Mary Miss’ featured date

This PositiveFeedback partnership event, made possible by the  Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Parsons The New School for Design, was part of Cape Farewell’s U-N-F-O-L-D: A Cultural Response to Climate Change exhibit.

Sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, this event was held at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design 2 W. 13 Street, Ground Floor

Klaus & Klaus: Climate Manipulation Station

Brown Bag Lunch Series at Parsons The New School for Design
Monday, November 7, 2011, 12:30 p.m. 

Geophysicist and Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy Director Klaus Lackner joined artist Klaus Schafler for a discussion about their shared and individual collaborations and perspectives about climate change, climate science, and geoengineering. This event was made possible by the  Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Parsons The New School for Design.

This event was part of the ongoing exhibition

U-N-F-O-L-D: A Cultural Response to Climate Change.

Presented by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, in collaboration with PositiveFeedback at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design
2 W. 13 Street, Ground Floor
Free and open to the public.

Superhero Clubhouse performances at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House

October 1, 2011
“A boy wanders down a deserted road searching for his vanished community, and the trees begin to speak….”

Join the artists of Superhero Clubhouse to discover what happened, and why!

Following up on 2010’s improvisational performance at Lamont Open House, the artists of Superhero Clubhouse returned to the Palisades with an new original piece that engaged and stimulated children and adults alike.  Arising from their collaboration with the scientists of Lamont’s Tree Ring Lab, Superhero Clubhouse’s work was a riff on ‘cultural collapse’ as discovered through dendrochronology, otherwise known as tree-ring dating.  Using the trees themselves as the lens, audience members witnessed a series of cultures throughout history that have been impacted by major climatic shifts.  The experimental piece allowed participants to engage with their new knowledge of tree ring science on a cultural and human level. Set on a scenic road on the Lamont campus and incorporating natural elements into the work, this unique theatrical performance was one to be remembered!

The Civilians’ The Great Immensity (Excerpts)

Friday, April 22, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall. 

Investigative theatre company The Civilians performed excerpts from The Great Immensity, written by Steve Cosson with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, their work in progress on climate change, followed by a discussion on the project and the issues it addresses. Developed in part at the Princeton Environmental Institute in 2009-10, The Great Immensity explores the themes of climate change, deforestation and extinction in Barro Colorado Island, Panama Canal and in arctic Canada. The work draws on interviews with scientists and affected citizens alike, serving as a call to action at a critical time.

The Civilians is the center for investigative theater, supporting the development and production of new theater from creative inquiries into the most vital questions of the present.

Presented with support from the Graduate Center’s Science & the Arts series and PositiveFeedback.

October 2, 2010: Open House

With major activity set to launch in the fall of 2011, PositiveFeedback began its public outreach in 2010-11, kicking off with our participation in the 2010 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House on October 2, 2010

PositiveFeedback supported flash performances by SuperHeroClubhouse across the Lamont campus during the Open House.