videoJune 21 2017

The Entropy of a System

Tega Brain

Databite No. 102

Data & Society Fellow Tega Brain is particularly interested in how to design from the dystopian position of the Anthropocene. How can an artist produce work that is simultaneously critical and generative? This talk provides an overview of Brain’s recent work which focuses on phenological environmental data-sets, i.e. the timing of recurring biological events such as flowering, budding, and migratory events. Studying the changes in these events provides evidence that the world’s biosphere is changing as a result of climate change.

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Tega Brain is an artist, environmental engineer, and researcher whose work intersects art, ecology, and engineering. As an artist, she makes dysfunctional devices, eccentric infrastructures and experimental information systems. She is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase and holds degrees in environmental engineering and fine arts. She also contributes to open source software initiatives of the Processing Foundation. Her current research addresses the relationship between computational systems and the environment. How is computation both shaping environmental systems and changing our perception of them?

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