Jim Tolisano and David Dunn
Sound and Science

Sound & Science: Encounter and Panel

April 3, 2006
Lang Auditorium, Hunter College, NYC

This event, produced in collaboration with the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology, began with a presentation of his work by sound artist David Dunn and continued with a panel on interactions between sound art and science. The panelists were David Dunn, scientist Jim Tolisano, Chair of Global Conservation Assistance (GCA), and scientist James Danoff-Burg, Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University.

It was an interesting coincidence that in a brief article titled 'Chilling', in The Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker magazine, issue of March 20, environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert made the point that we are responding to crucial information on global warming with dangerous inaction. In part, she wrote:

"In January, researchers at NASA'S Goddard Institute for Space Studies concluded that 2005 had been the hottest year on record, and, in February, a team of scientists from NASA and the University of Kansas announced that the flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland had more than doubled over the past decade. Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that the mountain pine beetle, a pest once kept in check by winter cold, has decimated huge swaths of forest in western Canada. Officials with the Canadian Forest Service say that the beetle has crossed the Rockies and they fear that it will soon start eating its way east."

David Dunn began his presentation with a brief statement that framed his current thinking about how the arts, and sound art and music in particular, can contribute to an art/science dialog and environmental awareness/problem solving. He then presented examples of his work in pine beetle research and recordings. Following his presentation, he was joined in a panel with Jim Tolisano and James Danoff-Burg.