Andrea Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating and directing art and community projects and writing. She currently is an Associate Professor in Art and Ecology with a joint appointment in Fine Arts and Engineering, the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media, and the Director of the Social Media Workgroup at the Center for Advanced Research Computing at The University of New Mexico. She has been creating media and technology artworks related to environmental science issues since 1999, when she first began collaborating with atmospheric scientists on sound and data sonification projects. Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA/Goddard Institute Climate Research Group in New York City, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and AirNow. Polli’s work has been presented widely in over one hundred presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art Artport and The Field Museum of Natural History, and has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including the NSF, Fulbright and UNESCO. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts and others. She holds a doctorate in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Her latest book is Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles on Intellect Press.
Russell Bauer is an interdisciplinary artist interested in living systems. He received his BFA from Michigan State University and has recently begun the Art and Ecology Master of Fine Arts program at the University of New Mexico.
His work can be viewed at RABwork.com
Eric Geusz is a student a the University of New Mexico, majoring in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media with a focus on computer science. His primary focus is visual effects but also loves building games and interactive web development.
Kellen Zelle (programmer, System Admin) is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is majoring in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico with a Minor in Management. He will be acting primarily as a web administrator, keeping SMW’s websites up and running, but will also be supporting other researchers with other tasks.
Estevan Ramirez (videographer, editor) is a student at the University of New Mexico with a major in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media with a focus on production. Estevan spent his third year in Würzburg, Germany for a semester abroad, during which he helped on numerous films, such as “The Color of The Sky” and “Fuer immer Fabre” as well as his own film “Candela-A Visual Interpretation of Skateboarding”. He is currently working on a Capstone student film named “Haley” as well as a documentary called “Learning from Parents”.
Ryan Romero (Programmer, System Admin) is from Los Lunas, New Mexico and a computer scientist at the University of New Mexico with a minor in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media. He primarily works on program designs in high level languages such as Java, and writes back end solutions for servers. A Jack of all trades when it comes to computers and other electronic systems, he worked on Particle Falls (a public digital media project for the city of San Jose), as well as the atmosfeed and freefarmfeed systems.
Evan Bobrick (videographer, designer) studies Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media at the University of New Mexico, with a focus on critical studies. Most notably, he traveled to Morocco during the summer of 2007 to document the country’s controversial, then-upcoming elections; and he is now working on editing a VFX-heavy, narrative senior project entitled “Haley.”
Alexis Pulos is from Manitou Springs, Colorado. In 2007 he received his B.A. in Speech Communication from Colorado State University focusing on media and rhetoric. In 2009 he completed his M.A. in Communication Studies from Colorado State, with a focus on mediated narratives, rhetoric and media studies. Currently he is enrolled in the University of New Mexico’s Communication and Journalism department. He is focused on the intersections of digital media, virtual environments, and interactive contexts in relationship to our processes of communication.
TJ Martinez (videographer, lead editor)—originally from Yates, New Mexico—has had a lifelong passion for movies. In high school, it dawned on him that he could not only watch movies, but also make them, and he hasn’t stopped since. Working in both the narrative and documentary worlds, TJ has worked as a writer, director, producer, and editor. He is currently getting a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of New Mexico. In his spare time, he likes to party like a rockstar.