SOLAR POWERED VILLAGE

ARTIST: New Mexico

EVENT: 2-Day Workshop | 24,25 September 9-6pm

SCHOOL: Questa High School

PERFORMANCE: 26 September 1-6pm

In Questa, New Mexico, a tailings pond from the former molybdenum mine has been turned into a solar field that generates enough energy to meet 80 percent of the community’s power needs.

The “Solar-Powered Village” brings Taos County youth and UNM students together to engage with local energy topics. In a workshop in Questa led by Andrea Polli with support from the QEDF DOI/VISTA, students and youth will use smartphone tools including “Data Gather”, an Android app developed by students in Polli’s lab.

Social Practice: Performance/Installation:

At The PASEO, the youth and students will present their work and invite visitors to contribute ideas about the future of energy. This project has been jointly organized by LEAP, STEMarts Lab, The Social Media Workgroup and The PASEO and is part of Questa’s 2015 “Luz es Vida” Program.
Workshop youth participants and UNM student leaders will share the data gathering app, the data they gathered, and the visualization tool to the Taos Paseo audience. Visitors will be invited to download the app and/or try it out on workshop participants’ smartphones. The will be able to point smartphones at light sources to gather potential solar energy and move the phone (for example by jumping up and down) to gather potential motion energy.

During this public interactive event, workshop participants and UNM student leaders will engage the public in discussions about renewable energy potentials in and around Taos and will invite visitors to contribute ideas to the growing database of future energy ideas.

Andrea PolliAndrea Polli is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Ecology with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. 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 developed new media programs at Columbia College in Chicago where she was voted 2000/2001 Teacher of the Year in recognition of her work connecting students to the wider community and she served as the Director of the Integrated Media Arts Master of Fine Arts Program at Hunter Col-lege/CUNY. Her work with science, technology and media has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including the NSF, NEA, the NYFA Artist’s Fellowship, the Fulbright Specialist Award and UNESCO.

Andrea Polli | http://socialmedia.hpc.unm.edu