Art, Data, Audience and Disruption. Embedding Art in Antarctic Field Research
Gabby O’Connor (Auckland University)
This webinar was part of the webinar series "Polar Art".
Gabby O’Connor is an artist, educator and interdisciplinary researcher with training in sculpture and an interest in science communication and community. She frequently creates large scale community engagement projects that sees her collaborating with local school children for the creation of the artwork displayed. These workshops function as science communication and are multi-layered where the participants are making art, but also learning about science and history that relates to the project. Past projects have looked at Antarctica, Climate and Weather. Gabby O’Connor is a current PhD candidate with Auckland University with a scholarship from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge researching intersections between art, science, education and community. In 2015 and 2016, O’Connor worked with K131 collecting data about sea-ice platelets, assisting and documenting research and creating artwork in a sea-ice camp on McMurdo Sound with Dr Tim Haskell, Dr Craig Stevens and Dr Natalie Robinson. She is currently based at NIWA Wellington (NZ).