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Open Waters interactive book (2020)

Andrea Wollensak is an artist, designer and educator. Her work spans multi-media from traditional and digital fabrication, to generative-interactive systems and includes collaborations with community partners, computer programmers, musicians, poets, and scientists. Themes in her work explore place-based narratives on environment and community.

Specializations include social design and collaborative community ventures, mapping and visualizing data, digital poetics, locative media, interactive and site-specific installation works.

Wollensak has created projects and exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Göteborg International Biennial, Nova Scotia Art Gallery, Brno Design Biennial Moravian Gallery, Brown University’s Granoff Center Gallery, and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center in Buffalo.

 

Selected awarded grants and residencies include the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy, the International Artist Studio Program in Sweden, the National Science Foundation, Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Mellon Foundation. She has presented her work at numerous conferences including ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Generative Art Conference, SEAMUS, CAiiA, CAA, among others.

Wollensak is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Winterhouse Institute, a community of design educators committed to promoting excellence in design education for

social impact. In Connecticut, she is on the Advisory Board for Digital Media Connecticut (DMCT), a regional collaborative of CT higher education institutions dedicated to supporting students in digital media.  

At Connecticut College, she is on the faculty in the Studio Art Department, and an Associate Fellow at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology where served as Director from

2014-2020.

“Delving deeper into the concept of point-of-view as a visioning process, Wollensak employs many perspectives -- from that of her own personal, experiential viewing process and analysis of what she has empirically observed, to that of amplified, ‘prosthetic vision’ via satellites that can hyper view the landscape from above the earth’s atmosphere and remotely sense that which is beyond human sensorial capacity. More often than not, Wollensak’s tools, as the hunter/gatherer, are hand held when digging into the physical earth to create castings of material and phenomenon. But her hand held GPS unit also communicates with the satellites above that mark place and position and tap into digital data streams and satellite beyond the visible.
 
Wollensak’s second set of observational tools is the scientific data made available to her by others such as the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), International Ice Patrol (IIP) Iceberg Sightings Database, and other multiple geological mapping agencies. Listings of data fields, however, will not empower the analytical information from a visual point-of-view so Wollensak has animated it through computer renderings and, in effect, made the data spatial and sculptural. Indeed, she makes it dance.”
 
Peter Dykhuis Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 2014.
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ISEA 2020 PAPER PRESENTATIONS SESSION 10 - THE ECOSOPHIC WORLD: PLANTS AND BIOPHILIC ARCHITECTURES I // OPEN WATERS

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Open Waters [Northwest Passage | Open Polar Sea | Arctic + Great Lake Plastic]

BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER, BUFFALO, NY (DEC 2019 - MAR 2020)

BROWN UNIVERSITY, GRANOFF CENTER COHEN GALLERY, PROVIDENCE, RI (APR 2018)

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Ice Core Modulations

23RD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ELECTRONIC ART (ISEA), UNIVERSIDAD DE CALDAS, MANIZALES,  COLOMBIA (JUNE 2017)

15TH AMMERMAN BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM ON ARTS & TECHNOLOGY, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE, NEW LONDON, CT (FEB 2017)

18TH GENERATIVE ART CONFERENCE, GENERATIVE DESIGN LAB, POLITECNICO DE MILANO UNIVERSITY (DEC 2015)

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Between Solid and Liquid: Constructed Landscapes

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, "DESIGN LATITUDES GROUP EXHIBITION" (2015)

LYMAN ALLYN ART MUSEUM, FACULTY EXHIBITION (2015)

KONSTEPIDEMIN GALLERIES, GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN (2014)

17TH GENERATIVE ART CONFERENCE, GENERATIVE DESIGN LAB, POLITECNICO DE MILANO UNIVERSITY (DEC 2014)

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Land/Site/Voice

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, "PLACEMARKERS: MAPPING LOCATION AND PROBING BOUNDARIES", HALIFAX, CANADA (2012)

GALLERY AT CONSTITUTION PLAZE (DECD), ARTIST FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION, HARTFORD, CT (2012)

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Listening Sites : Tracking Stories

GÖTEBORG INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART, KONSTEPIDEMIN SATELLITE GALLERY, GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN (2007)

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Weir Farm Series

WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK ART CENTER GALLERY, WILTON, CT (2006)

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PENNY STAMPS GALLERY, ANN ARBOR, MI (2009)

MONSTER STUDIOS FESTIVAL, MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BOZEMAN, MT (2009)

5TH CONCERT OF NEW MEDIA, BLUFTON UNIVERSITY, OHIO (2009)

BOSTON CYBERARTS FESTIVAL, MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART (2009)

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Memory Markers: Saint Lô. France

MAITRES DES LIEUX, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS EXHIBITION AND RESIDENCY (2004)

CENTER FOR VISUAL ART, "SUBSTANCE: DIVERSE PRACTICES FROM THE PERIPHERY", DENVER, COLORADO (2007)

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Public Gestures / Private Paths

GALERIE LE LIEU, LORIENT, FRANCE (2000)

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, "SCIENCED FICTIONS: VEHICLES, TECHNOLOGIES, AND TRACINGS OF OTHER PLACES", HALIFAX, NS (2000)

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Cultural Geographies: GPS Drawings

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION STUDY AND CONFERENCE CENTER CREATIVE RESIDENCY, BELLAGIO, ITALY  (2000)