FLUXNET Artist Residency Pilot

The FLUXNET Artist Residency program blends art and science to empower society to feel and understand environmental change.  This NSF-funded pilot program is being offered for the first time in 2024.

The intricate nature of our planet’s future and the uncertainties it carries presents countless opportunities for us to promote climate action and nurture healthy ecosystems. The bridge between the scientific achievements necessary for these goals and actual global change is constructed by our collective imagination. While both scientists and artists share a creative curiosity to observe and interpret how the world works, scientific outreach efforts often fail to lead society to fully feel and understand environmental change in a way that is empowering. This in turn limits the segment of the population that is inspired by science and driven to contribute to sustainable futures.

To break these barriers and reimagine transformative engagement with the public we are introducing a FLUXNET Artist Residency program in partnership with the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx). This novel and creative outreach initiative aims to illuminate the scientific and societal significance of energy, water, and carbon flux research – both to capture the general public’s imagination and to strengthen communication between academics and stakeholders toward more actionable science.

Call for Artists

The pilot artist residency will support three artists and provide a unique opportunity for scientists and artists to engage in collaborative inquiry about FLUXNET. We broadly define the arts to include visual arts, performing arts, media arts, and creative writing.

Artists selected for this program will have:

  • A compelling visual, performative, or multi-media creative practice.
  • An interest in scientific or technical research and discoveries.
  • An openness to multi- or interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Commitment to learn alongside the FLUXNET researcher in lab or fieldwork activities and to involve the researchers in artistic investigations and experiments when appropriate.

To apply, please see FLUXNET Residency Overview and complete the registration form by 15 June, 2024