Andrea Polli is a Professor of Art & Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University’s Center for Advanced Research Computing. As an educator, Polli has created student-centered professional development, theory, practice and field-based courses and experiences for practicing artists, engineers and makers. She has created and presented public artworks at 25 locations including a wind-powered light work covering the Rachel Carson bridge in Pittsburgh, a permanent light work for the University of Utah and building-scale works presented in the cities of San Jose California, Charlotte North Carolina, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Hagen Germany and Zagreb Croatia.
Andrea Polli is an environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Her interdisciplinary research has been presented as public artworks, media installations, community projects, performances, broadcasts, mobile and geolocative media, publications, and through the curation and organization of public exhibitions and events. She creates artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental issues. Often these works express scientific data obtained through her collaborations with scientists and engineers and have taken the form of sound art, vehicle-based works, public light works, mobile media experiences, and bio-art and design.
I was part of a residency at SFAI in 1994 where I was fortunate to work with the amazing artists Steina and Woody Vasulka, Joan LaBarbara, Morton Subotnik, David Dunn and Jim Crutchfield. At the time I was living in Chicago. A few years later I moved to New York City and connected again with these artists and others I met in Santa Fe, created the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology and through that remained connected with David Dunn who was living in Santa Fe. In 2009 I left NYC and moved to New Mexico and now run a project space in Santa Fe focused on Bio Art and Design called Biocultura. I can say that my time at SFAI played a role in all of this and changed the trajectory of my life.