Far Field (Book)

Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles

Human understanding of the rapidly changing environments of the North and South Poles—and the realities of climate change—has been radically transformed by a host of innovations afforded by the digital technologies. Far Field presents essays from artists and scholars who address the shift in our collective cultural understanding through a selection of the most significant artistic, scientific, technological, and philosophical interpretations of the poles over the past decade. Amply illustrated and including fascinating first person accounts of projects at the poles, this cutting-edge volume will have important implications for contemporary cultural studies and the critical study of climate change.


Andrea Polli is associate professor of film and media at the University of New Mexico. She is a digital artist whose work addresses science and technology in contemporary society. Jane Marsching is associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

1] Introduction 
Jane D. Marsching and Andrea Polli
2] Every New Thing: The Evolution of Artistic Technologies in the Antarctic--or How Land Arts Came to the Ice
William L. Fox
3] Magnets of the Fantastic: The North Pole Observed 
Jane D. Marsching
4] Pages From The Book of the Unknown Explorer 
Judit Hersko
5] Antarctic Diaries Excerpt 
Simon Faithfull
6] Ground Truth [Focus: The Antarctic Dry Valleys] 
Andrea Polli
7] London Fieldworks: Polaria Fieldwork and Installation 
Jo Joelson and Bruce Gilchrist
8] Disappearing Ice and Missing Data: Climate Change in the Visual Culture of the Polar Regions 
Lisa E. Bloom and Elena Glasberg
9] Between Ecotopia and Ecotage: Polar Media 
Peter Krapp
10] Nonorganic Life: Frequency, Virtuality and the Sublime in Antarctica 
Susan Ballard
11] Inhabiting the Extreme or Making Antarctica Familiar 
Annick Bureaud
12] Voices, Lines, Cracks and Data-Sets: Formations of a New ‘Idea of the Canadian North’ 
Leslie Sharpe
13] Airspace [Focus: McMurdo Station, Antarctica] 
Andrea Polli
14] Systemness: Towards a Data Aesthetics of Climate Change 
Tom Corby
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