Isea 2022 - Possibles



June 10th

Short papers/ Environmental Critical Zones: Reading the Wrack Lines

Authors: Andrea Wollensak


Reading the Wrack Lines explores, through creative writing, local anthropogenic processes of climate change. Community partners’ voices are amplified through text-based generative video projections, and digitally fabricated sculpture. The creative process and final work of this project empower participants and articulates a vision for environmental change to the larger public.


Theme: Generative, Community, Physical/Virtual, Environmental Literacy Outreach, Digital Poetics

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  • Abstract: Reading the Wrack Lines is an interdisciplinary environmental literacy and educational outreach project designed to engage the local community with innovative learning approaches focused on the reality and possibilities for change in our coastal environment. The project is framed by cross-cutting themes of diversity and inclusion, and includes partnerships with local institutions, environmental specialists, and underrepresented communities. Through a series of creative writing workshops and site visits, participants reflect on the changing environment and create poetic works for inclusion within two art works: a generative audio-video installation projected on a nearby lighthouse, and a laser-cut felt word-based floor sculpture that includes spoken word audio. The creative process and final artistic products of this project empower participants and articulates a vision for environmental change to the larger public.
  • Biography: Andrea Wollensak is an artist, designer and educator. Her work spans multi-media from traditional and digital fabrication, to generative-interactive systems and includes collaborations with community partners, computer programmers, musicians, poets, and scientists. Themes in her work explore place-based narratives on environment and community.​Specializations include social design and collaborative community ventures, mapping and visualizing data, digital poetics, locative media, interactive and site-specific installation works.​Wollensak has created projects and exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Göteborg International Biennial, Nova Scotia Art Gallery, Brno Design Biennial Moravian Gallery, Brown University’s Granoff Center Gallery, and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center in Buffalo.   Selected awarded grants and residencies include the Anchorage Museum, Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy, the International Artist Studio Program in Sweden, the National Science Foundation, and Banff Centre for the Arts. She has presented her work at numerous conferences including ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Generative Art Conference, CAiiA, CAA, among others.
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