It turned out Jeremy was no stranger to the Lamont campus, having performed an interactive play about climate change and tree rings at October’s Open House.
When the first of my 14 dates sat down across from me, my stomach turned a bit. Lisa Phillips, co-director of Positive Feedback, sees connections in the processes artists and scientists go through as well.
After all, we came from such different backgrounds! On Thursday night, Positive Feedback, an initiative of the Earth Institute, the Center for Creative Research at NYU, and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, brought together artists and climate scientists (or climate science writer in my case) for a round of speed dating. To help practitioners of the two disciplines find common ground and develop new (professional) relationships. From Galileo’s drawings of the heavens to Darwin’s sketches of finches to the recent rise of infographics, art has long helped convey complex scientific theories and data.
Who knew Superhero Clubhouse and CCAFS could be a match made in heaven?
Later in the night, installation artist Jackie Brookner took a seat across from me.
My first date was Jeremy Pickard, founder of Superhero Clubhouse.
The whimsical name belies a serious endeavor by a group of theater artists to write and perform original plays inspired by the natural world.