Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Field Station Concordia

posted by Richard Primack

Our research on climate change, Thoreau and Concord has expanded over the past few years to include a wider range of people and field sites. With the Concord Museum and curator David Wood, we began to more explicitly connect history and climate change biology, resulting in the current exhibit. In another collaboration, we have been working with Jane Marsching, a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a media artist, to connect themes of art and science. Together we launched a user-friendly version of NELOP, the New England Leaf Out Project, that requests people to contribute observation on the leaf out times of common tree species. 

Jane Marsching at her Field Station Concordia at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Jane has been developing these and related themes as her contribution to the new Work Out program at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.  She has built a half-scale, open version of Thoreau’s cabin as:   

“a platform for data collection, community gathering, citizen science, handmade and digital explorations of plant and animal life, and a conversation full of questions about the vibrancy of matter and our role in the stresses and resiliences of ecosystems.”

This platform provides many opportunities for interaction with the artist and with the natural world.

For more information, check out:

Jane Marsching in her half-scale version of Thoreau's cabin

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